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Board Members

Amy Edwards OLC Board Member

Amy Edwards serves as Oregon Law Center Board President.  A partner in the law firm of Stoel Rives, Amy also serves on the board of directors for Legal Aid Services of Oregon, is an advisory Board member for the Campaign for Equal Justice, and is an emeritus board member of Emerge Oregon.  She previously served on the Legal Services Program Committee of the Oregon State Bar and was co-chair of the Campaign for Equal Justice Associate’s Committee.  She received her J.D. with honors from the University of Washington’s School of Law and holds a B. A. from Northwestern University.  Amy is a 2010 and 2013 recipient of the Stoel Rives LLP Pro Bono Service Award and a 2014 recipient of the Community Leadership Award from the Oregon Area Jewish Committee.

Assitan Traore OLC Board Member

Assitan Sylla Traore is a client representative appointed by the African Association of Eugene, Oregon of which she is a member. She has a strong interest in women’s issues and has volunteered with community non-profit organizations that serve the low income community.

Wayne Belmont OLC Board Member

Wayne Belmont brings a wide range of legal and volunteer organization experience to his role on Oregon Law Center’s Board of Directors.  He has been a County Counsel for Lincoln County, Oregon since 1987; is a past president of the Oregon County Counsel Association, past chair of the Oregon State Bar’s Government Law Section, and a past chair of the United Way for Lincoln County.  He is also a member of the advisory board for Legal Services of Oregon Lincoln County Office in Newport Oregon.

Mark Comstock OLC Board Member

Mark Comstock has broad experience in business, civil and commercial litigation, representing clients in bankruptcy court and in various matters in civil litigation before all state and federal courts throughout Oregon.  Mark also counsels and represents school districts and education service districts in personnel, civil rights, special education matters and business management practices.  He received his J.D from Willamette University College of Law and holds a B.A. from the University of Oregon.  Mark is very active in the Oregon State Bar, frequently contributing to continuing legal education programs and publications.  He has been honored twice by the Bar, receiving the Debtor Creditor Section Award of Merit as well as the President’s Public Service Award.  Mark has also been instrumental in implementing the Oregon Judicial Department’s eCourt through his service on policy workgroups and the implementation task force.

Sherisa David-Larry is a labor and employment lawyer.  She  formerly worked for the Oregon School Boards Association where she provided labor services to school boards across Oregon.  Sherisa began her legal career as a staff attorney at LASO where she represented low-income clients in civil rights, employment, housing, family, and administrative law issues.  She also served on the race equity team in the LASO Portland Regional Office and attended the prestigious Racial Justice Training Institute at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.  Sherisa is an active volunteer in the legal community and currently serves as an executive committee member of the Oregon State Bar’s Civil Rights Section.

Dana Galaxy OLC Board Member

Dana Galaxy is a client representative. She is an appointee and former board member of Washington County Community Action Partnership, serving as Board Secretary. Dana has been an active member of her community, supporting and helping low income Oregonians to thrive since 2004.

Luis Garcia

Luis Garcia is currently a partner at Marandas Sinlapasai Garcia, LLC in Lake Oswego with an emphasis on Immigration Law.  Luis is a former attorney with the Portland, Oregon Corporate practice group of Stoel Rives.  He is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and previously served as its ProBono co-liaison.  Luis is also a board member of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association (OHBA) and is an active member on various community-serving boards.  Luis is an alumnus of Concordia University in Portland and the University of Oregon School of Law.

Martina Gordon OLC Board Member

Martina Gordon is a client representative who was originally appointed to the board by the Salvation Army and her appointment was confirmed again by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.  She is employed by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla as a housing service coordinator.

Sara Gray OLC Board Member

Sara Grey is currently in-house counsel at Precision Castparts Corp., and is a former attorney with the Portland, Oregon Corporate practice group of Stoel Rives. She has also served in several posts for the US Department of Energy; as a Sr. Legislative Assistant for a Member of Congress; as Committee staff for the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives; and as Chief Counsel for the Committee on Science, U.S. House of Representatives.

Sara has been active on various committees at the Oregon State Bar, and is a supporter of the Campaign for Equal Justice. She was also appointed to serve on the Task Force for Independent Science Reviews for Natural Resources established by Oregon Senate Bill 202.

Sara is an alumnus of The College of William and Mary and Cornell School of Law.

Paula Palmer OLC Board Member

Paula Palmer is a board member of long standing who brings valuable experience and insight to the organization as a practicing Certified Public Accountant since 1981. She holds a business degree from Portland State University and is a partner at Bunce Palmer CPA in Portland. Paula is a past officer and board member of the Oregon Society of CPA’s as well as past president of the Oregon Society of CPS’s Education Foundation.

Beverly Pearman OLC Board Member

Beverly Pearman is assistant general counsel with the Port of Portland and a former Chair of the Oregon State Bar Legal Services Program Committee. She is also Chair of the Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette Board of Directors. Beverly is actively involved in the Campaign for Equal Justice in Multnomah County. She has been a volunteer attorney for Legal Services of Oregon’s Domestic Violence Project, providing many hours of pro bono representation to legal aid clients. Beverly holds a J.D. fro University of North Carolina School of Law and a B.A. from Furman University. She enjoys hiking, running, listening to live music, eating at Portland’s great restaurants and spending lots of time with her daughter.

Marc Perrin OLC Board Member

Marc Perrin practices law in Eugene, with an emphasis on family law. He was a long standing board member of the Lane County Legal Aid and Advocacy Center before that organization merged with Oregon Law Center as its Lane County Legal Aid Office. He is an active pro bono volunteer with Lane County Legal Aid Office. Mark holds his J.D. and B.A. from University of Oregon.

Ivan Resendiz Gutierrez

Iván Resendiz Gutierrez is a litigation and appellate attorney in the Portland office of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP and a member of the firm’s appellate, education, and employment and labor relations practice teams.  He advises and represents public and private employers, school districts, higher education institutions, and companies on a wide range of employment and commercial matters, including appeals, breaches of contract, class actions, employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination (as well as other tort claims), professional negligence, CERCLA litigation, and ERISA litigation.  Iván has also provided pro bono legal services to asylum seekers, immigrants, victims of domestic violence, civil rights and advocacy groups, and Oregon nonprofits, among others, including representation before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Oregon Court of Appeals, and the Oregon Tax Court.  

Before joining Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, Iván served as a law clerk for the Honorable Lynn R. Nakamoto at the Oregon Supreme Court and the Oregon Court of Appeals.  A proud “Double Duck,” Iván is an alumnus of the University of Oregon and University of Oregon School of Law.  The son of Mexican immigrants, a first-generation college student, and a second-generation Mexican American, Iván is a native Spanish speaker.

Mary Tinoco OLC Board Member

Mary Tinoco is a client representative who was appointed to the board by the Southern Oregon Indian Center, where she also servers on their Board of Directors. She volunteers with the Oregon Youth Authority, works on behalf of senior citizens and low income Oregonians in rural Oregon and helps take care of her granddaughter.

Marisa Wilkins OLC Board Member

Marisa Wilkins is a client representative who was appointed by Housing Works, the local housing authority for Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson Counties. She is a Certified Medical Assistant for and ear, nose and throat practice in Bend and has two daughters.

The Honorable Judge Gary Williams has been active as a senior judge in Oregon for three years after having served as an elected circuit court judge in Crook and Jefferson Counties for nine years.  Before becoming a judge, Judge Williams was a deputy district attorney in Crook County, the Chief Deputy District Attorney in Deschutes County and the elected District Attorney in Crook County for 18 years.  Judge Williams has been a member of several Bar committees and governor’s commissions relating to public safety, and has taught courses in criminal justice for prosecutors.  Judge Williams received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree from Western Oregon University, where he studied Public Administration and Correctional Programs.  He received his J.D degree from Willamette University College of Law.  Before attending law school, he worked as a pre-trial release officer and adult probation/parole officer for eight years.  He was raised in Polk County.   Judge Williams currently has a limited private practice through LASO’s Bend office, representing about 15 clients on a pro bono basis in the last three years. 

 

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