Professor among Willamette alumni honored by OSB

by University Communications,

Edward J. Harri JD'73, assistant dean for student affairs and professor of legal writing, is among the four Willamette law school alumni recognized during the 2014 Oregon State Bar Annual Awards Luncheon in December. Also honored were Renee E. Rothauge JD’90, Liani JH Reeves JD’01, and Kim Sugawa-Fujinaga JD’05.

Harri and Rothauge were honored with the President’s Membership Service Award for contributions made to the profession. Following graduation from Willamette, Harri studied at George Washington University National Law Center and worked as a law clerk for the Oregon Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. In 1977, he served as a deputy district attorney for Linn County and entered general private practice in 1980. Harri began teaching at Willamette in 1986.

Rothauge is a trial attorney with Markowitz Herbold PC. Last year, with fellow Markowitz Herbold shareholder Lisa Kaner, she founded the Rothauge & Kaner Women's Trial Academy. Sponsored by Oregon Women Lawyers, the Academy is the first of its kind in Oregon to focus on building trial skills for women litigators.

Reeves and Sugawa-Fujinaga were honored with the President’s Diversity & Inclusion for contributions to the goal of increasing minority representation in the legal profession.

Reeves is Gov. John Kitzhaber’s top legal advisor. In 2008, she earned the DOJ Outstanding Service Award and was the Torts & Employment Section Legal Writer of the Year in 2007. Oregon Attorney General John Kroger recommended Reeves as a candidate for general counsel in 2011 to then-newly elected Gov. John Kitzhaber

Sugawa-Fujinaga is an associate at McEwen Gisvold where she practices creditor’s rights, business, and commercial litigation. Before entering private practice, she served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Kathleen M. Dailey at Mulnomah County Circuit Court and as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert Wollheim and the Honorable Timothy J. Sercombe at the Oregon Court of Appeals.