A gathering to remember Kathryn Rickson on the one-year anniversary of her death following a fatal bicycle v. semi collision will be held on May 16, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. at SW 3rd Avenue and SW Madison in downtown Portland.
Members of the community are welcome to attend and to place remembrances near the ghost bike which has been maintained with permission of the property owner since the collision: Continue reading
Cynthia Newton has been admitted to the Washington Bar. Judge Nan Waller administered the sworn oath in a private ceremony in March, making the admission official. Cynthia, a personal injury lawyer whose trial practice emphasizes serious injury and wrongful death actions in the pedestrian/cyclist, 3rd party workplace, and medical negligence contexts, looks forward to expanding her practice across the river. She is well-prepared to try cases under Washington’s litigation rules (which differ from Oregon’s), after practicing for nearly 20 years under similar rules in California. Cynthia now is available for consultation and/or association on Washington State cases.
This month, 148 men and women participated in the second annual Run for Congo Women Group Run/Walk, raising nearly $3,600 to benefit women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Here at Swanson, Thomas, Coon & Newton, we’re proud to say we not only helped sponsor this important event, but our very own litigation paralegal, Amanda Ulrich, ran as part of Team Congo PDX.
The money raised during the run – which took place March 9, 2013 – will allow nine women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to spend a year learning new job skills, receiving trauma counseling and working within the support network of Women for Women International, the organization behind the annual group run. At the end of the program, each woman will receive a micro loan in order to empower her to support her family.
The Oregon State Bar Bulletin recently published a profile of Amanda Ulrich detailing not only her reputation as a top litigation paralegal, but her commitment to using her skills to help address the world’s problems.
Since joining our firm more than a decade ago as a general office clerk while attending PSU, Ulrich has taken on illegal logging in Chile, genocide in Darfur and conflict mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She has clocked hours of volunteer time sifting through documents for pro bono cases, and she has organized benefit runs to raise money for endangered women. She also co-founded the Oregon Coalition for Humanity to carry out her vision for a permanent anti-genocide constituency in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
As pedestrian accident attorneys in Portland, we’ve fought long and hard to expand the rights and protect the safety of Oregon pedestrians. Recently the state of Ohio has rolled back pedestrian rights by requiring pedestrians to yield at the beginning of the green signal to cars that are turning right or left against a red light.