Rotary Club of Portland: Service Above Self

Aug
22
2017
Storytelling - Russians/FBI/CIA/PDX

Storytelling - Russians/FBI/CIA/PDX

  • Tuesday
    August 22, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Judy Snyder

Judy Snyder has been a trial attorney since her third year in law school when she began trying cases for the local District Attorney. Judy graduated from the University of Notre Dame School of Law in 1973 – which was unusual only in that she was neither Catholic nor male, the demographic of the University at that time. She then moved to Oregon to clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Otto Skopil. After her federal clerkship, she enjoyed an active trial practice for four years in the Multnomah County District Attorney's office where she prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases. In 1978, Judy resigned from the District Attorney's office to establish her own law firm. Judy represents clients in actions for serious personal injuries, wrongful death, professional negligence, employment, civil rights and torts. Judy also has developed a practice representing medical doctors, psychologists, nurses, and other licensed medical professionals who are facing disciplinary proceedings before state licensing boards.

In August of 2001, the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) honored Judy with its Distinguished Trial Lawyer Award. Earlier that year, in March 2001, the Oregon State Bar Litigation Section awarded Judy the Owen M. Panner Professionalism Award. In May of 2009 the Multnomah Bar Association also honored Judy with its Professionalism Award.

Judy is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), an “invitation only” organization which rigorously vets proposed members. She is also a member of the Oregon Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a national organization devoted to the preservation of the jury system. ACTL and ABOTA invite into membership only experienced trial attorneys with distinguished professional reputations.

Since 2006 Judy has been recognized by her peers as a Super Lawyer in civil litigation. She also has an AV rating with Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest rating for both legal ability and professional standing in the legal community.

In addition to maintaining an active trial practice, Judy has participated in numerous professional associations. From 1989 to 1990, she served as the president of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA). From 1999 to 2000, she was the president of the Multnomah Bar Association (MBA). She has also been a long time member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and the Federal Bar Association. She has been actively involved in committees within the Oregon State Bar Association, including serving on the State Professional Responsibility Board.

Judy currently is a member of the Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability. Her prior community activities have included a four-year term on the State of Oregon's Psychiatric Security Review Board (PSRB). She also served on the State of Oregon's Board of Psychologist Examiners from 1986 to 1988.

Judy is frequently requested by the local, state, and federal bar associations and private organizations to present continuing education programs. She lectures several times a year on various aspects of trial practice and substantive law issues. To round out her life, Judy has enjoyed a 36-year marriage to Paul Ellis, an architect. They have two adult children, a daughter, Danielle, and a son, Taylor. Judy and Paul are resisting the passage of time by staying active.

Aug
29
2017
An Inside Look at the Zidell Yards Master Plan

An Inside Look at the Zidell Yards Master Plan

  • Tuesday
    August 29, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Charlene Zidell

The presentation will include the Zidell family vision for the re-development of its 33 acre site in South Waterfront, home to the family’s industrial businesses for the past 90 years. Zidell Yards is a 5 million square foot mixed use development which includes office, residential, retail and open space. Phase 1 construction will start in 2018 with buildings opening in 2021.

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Charlene Zidell, a native Oregonian, is a member of the third generation of the Zidell family. She was a public sector labor lawyer in Portland for over 25 years. She earned her law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School and her undergraduate degree from Oregon State University. She currently sits on the boards of Komen of Oregon & SW Washington, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, B’nai Brith Camp, EngAGE OR and the Advisory Committee of Compassion & Choices.   Ms. Zidell joined the family businesses as Director of Corporate Relations and Communications in 2012. She currently spends the majority of her time incorporating the family’s vision into the Zidell Yards development project.

Sep
05
2017
Portland Japanese Garden - Past, Present, & Future

Portland Japanese Garden - Past, Present, & Future

  • Tuesday
    September 05, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom, Chief Executive Officer of the Portland Japanese Garden, will speak about the Garden’s 54-year history and its recently-completed Cultural Crossing expansion project.  He will talk about the timeless relevance and continuity of design between the five original gardens by P. Takuma Tono and the new buildings designed by internationally renowned architect Kengo Kuma and the new gardens designed by the Garden’s Curator, Sadafumi Uchiyama.

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Steve Bloom has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Portland Japanese Garden since 2005. Beginning early in his tenure, Bloom led the formation of a comprehensive ten-year strategic plan which was completed in December of 2016 and that has been transformational in its scope and impact on the Garden.

Under Bloom’s leadership, the Garden has seen strong organizational growth and increased financial stability. He oversaw the completion of a $33.5 million expansion of the Garden and its facilities, created a curatorial department, expanded and improved programs in culture, art, and education, established an International Japanese Garden Training Center, formed an International Advisory Board, and has dramatically increased national and international visibility and recognition.

In 2015, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced it was awarding the Foreign Minister’s Commendations in Honor of the 70th anniversary of the End of World War II. The award was given to individuals and groups with outstanding achievements in the promotion of friendship between Japan and the United States. Steve Bloom was awarded this prestigious recognition along with only 27 other individuals.

Bloom was a 2008-09 Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in Japan, sponsored by Hitachi, and concurrently served as Visiting Scholar at Tokyo University of Agriculture. Following his fellowship in Japan, Bloom led an effort to create the North American Japanese Garden Initiative and Association (NAJGA) of which he served as its Founding Board President.

Presented by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, Bloom is the recent recipient of the “2017 Portland Award” recognizing greatest overall contribution to the promotion of Portland’s visitor industry.