In Memoriam

Terry Oates, Class of 1978, died on September 7, 2014, following a heart attack on September 1, 2014. Terry is survived by his wife of 43 years, Laurel Currie Oates, Class of 1978; his daughter, Julia Fishler, her husband, Michael Fishler, and their daughter, Milla, age 2; and his son, Michael Oates, Class of 2013, and his fiancée, Michelle Aragon. Terry also has two sisters and a brother: Sarah, in Maryland, Maureen, in Kansas City, and Jim, in Wichita, Kansas.

After graduating from a Jesuit High School in Wichita, Terry moved to Bellingham, where he attended Fairhaven College and then worked for the Social Security Administration. After graduating from the School of Law, Terry opened his own practice in Federal Way.

Terry coached numerous sports team and played ball at the Tacoma Downtown YMCA for more than 33 years. He and Laurel also loved to travel and to spend time walking and hiking.

Class Notes

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Rufus Yerxa, the outgoing deputy director general of the World Trade Organization, joined the faculty of the Monterey Institute of International Studies as a visiting professor.


David Arnesen, a professor in the Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University, received a Fulbright Specialist grant in Business Administration at the Poznan School of Banking in Poland. The Poznan School of Banking is one of the private schools founded under the consortium TEB (Towarzystwo Edukacji Bankowej S.A) after the fall of communism in Poland in the early 1990s, so he will be in residence during the 20th anniversary of the founding of TEB. In addition, he will also be visiting the Wroclaw School of Banking and the Chorzow School of Banking.

Maureen Hart received the 2013 Angelo Petruss Award for Lawyers in Government Service from the Washington State Bar Association. This award is given to a lawyer working in government service who has made a significant contribution to the legal profession, the justice system, and the public.

Rebecca Roe received the Washington State Bar Association's 2013 Award of Merit, its highest honor. The award was given to Roe and her colleagues at Schroeter Goldmark & Bender for their pro bono work for the state to uphold provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Her practice is focused on personal injury cases for victims of violent crime and sexual assault as well as employment law.


Ed Thompson was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Walworth County (Wis.) Bar Association. The award is presented to the lawyer who demonstrates a consistent level of excellence in both the practice of law and community service.


John Burns was appointed by Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell ’87 to the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation Board of Directors to help produce a project plan for the development of an in-state natural gas pipeline.


Tracy Flood received the Washington Women Lawyers 2013 President's Award.


Aaron Rocke advocated an oral argument before the Washington State Supreme Court in October 2013. The case, Kumar v. Gate Gourmet, was featured on the front page of the Seattle Times and in other print and radio outlets. The issue concerns whether the Washington Law Against Discrimination requires employers to make any accommodation for the creeds (i.e. religion and sincerely held beliefs) of its employees. A decision is expected soon. His firm, Rocke Law Group, PLLC, celebrated six years in February.


Fé Lopez received the 2013 Excellence in Diversity Award from the Washington State Bar Association for her contribution to diversity in the legal profession. She left her position as director of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund at the law school to accept an appointment by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray as director of the Seattle Community Police Commission.

Joanna Boisen was named as a "40 Under 40" honoree by the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Kendee Yamaguchi joined Gov. Jay Inslee's administration as part of the executive management team at the Washington State Department of Commerce. As the assistant director of local government and infrastructure, she manages a division and serves as the executive director to both the Community Economic Development Board and the Public Works Board. A wide range of programs fall under the division, including the EPA Brownfields program, administration of the Growth Management Act, and the revitalization and block grant programs.

Niloufar "Nilly" Park received a 2013 State Board Member of the Year Award for her role as co-vice president of diversity from the Washington Women Lawyers.


Michael Kaiser published an article in the Cardozo Law School Journal of Conflict Resolution, "Cut the Dog in Half"-Resolving Animal Law Disputes Through the Use of Alternative Dispute Resolution." He also spoke on the topic at the law school in November 2012.


Jeannie Bohlman received a Washington Women Lawyers 2013 State Board Member of the Year Award.


Eleanor Doermann opened Pathway Law, PC in Tukwila in the summer of 2013, focusing on elder law, health and disability benefits, and LGBT advocacy, in particular the ramifications for individuals of the changing marriage equality laws following the SCOTUS decision in U.S. v. Windsor. She recently completed an advocacy report, which began in 2012 as a student law clinic project. "Terror in Twilight" documents the experiences of the Latino community with the U.S. Border Patrol on Washington's Olympic Peninsula.