Cheryl Coon has been elected to the Board of the Disability Law Section of the Oregon Bar. The Disability Law Section of the Bar is composed of Oregon attorneys whose practice focuses on legal issues affecting individuals with disabilities and/or entities which serve, accommodate or employ individuals with disabilities. Cheryl Coon’s practice is focused on representing individuals who are disabled and seeking to obtain their social security disability benefits, including both SSI and SSD, at any stage of the administrative process or the appellate process.
Ray Thomas – also known as Portland’s bike lawyer – recently spoke about bicycle law and safety on KINK.FM’s “Speaking Freely” radio show, hosted by Sheila Hamilton. During the interview, he discussed some of the issues that arise when cyclists and drivers share the road, as well as common types of bicycle accidents.
Ray became interested in bicycle law in 1983 after realizing how different the law was for bicycles than for other type of vehicle – and how few people understood it. “I felt like bicyclists were sort of an embattled minority in the city,” he said.
Chris Frost leads Swanson, Thomas, Coon & Newton’s workers’ compensation practice area for people with on-the-job injuries. Along with representing injured workers in workers’ compensation cases, Chris Frost has been involved in a few projects we wanted to share with you.
Chris Frost has been working with vocational counselors to draft a bill that allows injured workers to get additional time loss benefits up to 21 months for vocational programs, up from 16 months.
Each year, the staff members at STCN choose a local charity to benefit from our annual holiday fundraiser. This year we’ve selected the Community Transitional School, a terrific nonprofit private school “dedicated entirely to the needs of children whose families are homeless, in transition and experiencing chronic poverty-related crises.” The program provides flexible transportation to and from school; two healthy meals every school day; clothing and personal hygiene items; school supplies; health screenings; and summer programs. This organization serves around 200 students ages 5-14 every year.
What single activity can improve our health, encourage connections between neighbors and help reduce air pollution in our communities? Walking! As legal representatives of pedestrians since 1981, Swanson, Thomas, Coon & Newton is proud to support Oregon Walks, the inspiring new incarnation of the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition.
Oregon Walks unveiled its new name and exciting new vision at its annual fundraising event, the Weston Awards, on Nov. 10. The evening raised $30,000 for the organization, including a $10,000 donation from STCN. We are proud that this represents the largest business donation ever received by Oregon Walks.