About Us

Promoting the fair and just treatment of all people under the law regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

"Promoting a spirit of unity, while valuing the diversity of our community."

Organization Purpose

  • To promote the fair and just treatment of all people under the law regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity
  • To further the professional development and advancement of LGBT lawyers, legal workers a nd law students
  • To offer social opportunities for LGBT lawyers, legal workers and law students
  • To identify and eliminate the causes and conditions of prejudice in our society
  • To educate the public, the legal profession and the LGBT community about legal issues affecting the LGBT community
  • To promote a spirit of unity, while valuing the diversity of our community

The purpose of this organization is also to increase the popularity of our common interests. We hope to add new members so we will be able to grow and expand. We also want to have fun while when we are together and working on projects. By developing relationships and friendships, the organization will become even stronger.

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2013 OGALLA Board of Directors and Officers
  • Kevin Clonts

    Co-Chair

    Kevin Clonts is a litigator at Rizzo, Mattingly and Bosworth and practices complex commercial, construction, and insurance litigation matters in California and Oregon. He represents business entities in litigation involving business dissolutions, contract disputes, and target defendants (including business and government entities) in complex products liability and construction defect matters. He also practices in insurance coverage.

    Kevin recently moved back to Oregon after practicing in San Francisco for seven years. He received his J.D. from Lewis & Clark School of Law, where he served as an editor of the Lewis & Clark Law Review (formerly the Journal of Small & Emerging Business Law) and as an elected representative to the Student Bar Association.

  • Trish Walsh

    Co-Chair

    Trish Walsh is an attorney at Farleigh Wada Witt, specializing in civil litigation and employment law matters. Prior to joining FWW, Trish clerked for two years for the Honorable John C. Coughenour, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, in Seattle. Trish went to law school at the University of Iowa College of Law, where she served as Editor in Chief of the Iowa Law Review.

  • John Christianson

    Treasurer

    Bio coming soon...

  • Melissa Douglas

    General Secretary

    Melissa is currently in her third year at Willamette University College of Law and serves as President for WILLO (Willamette’s LGBT law student group). In addition to school, she works as a legal intern for SAIF Corporation, where she performs both appellate and trial work. Prior to her position with SAIF, Melissa served as a law clerk for Beth Allen Law, where her work was centered on legal issues relevant to the LGBT community.

    Melissa is a Bill and Ann Shepherd Legal Scholar, as well as a recipient of the OWLS Foundation Armonica Gilford Grant. In addition to OGALLA’s board, Melissa also serves on Willamette University’s Safe Zone Committee, a group working to promote diversity and acceptance on the campus. When she graduates from law school, she will serve as a member of the Bill and Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship Committee.

  • Heidi Mason

    Membership Secretary

    Heidi Mason practices employment, labor, and privacy law at Jordan Ramis PC. She is also certified as a Professional in Human Resources. Heidi earned her bachelor's degrees in human resource management and general management from Portland State University and her J.D, from Lewis & Clark College, Northwestern School of Law.

  • Megan Livermore

    Member At Large

    Megan Livermore is an attorney with Gaydos, Churnside & Balthrop, PC, in Eugene. Her practice emphasizes civil and commercial litigation, creditor’s rights, business and real estate law. Prior to joining the firm, Megan was a law clerk for the Honorable Darryl Larson of the Lane County Circuit Court. Before going to law school, Megan worked in both the public and private sector. She worked in the Director’s Office at the Oregon Department of Corrections and then helped launch Digimarc, a successful Portland high-tech company where she spent seven years helping it grow from start up to its Initial Public Offering and beyond.

    Megan received her juris doctor in 2005 from the Willamette University College of Law where she served as the Symposium Editor for the Willamette Law Review. She has her undergraduate degree in speech communications from Oregon State University.

  • Jonathan Patterson

    Member At Large

    Jon Patterson is a graduating third year law student at the University of Oregon School of Law. A 2012 recipient of the Bill and Ann Shepherd Scholarship, Jon is the current director of the Black Law Students Association and former director of the OUTLaws. He has served on the school's Diversity Committee, UO LGBT Standing Committee, and the planning committee of the Derrick Bell Lecture Series on Race and Ethnicity.

    Professionally, Jon completed externships at the U.S. District Court with the Honorable John V. Acosta and at the Lane County Circuit Court with the Honorable Mustafa T. Kasubhai. He also worked at Legal Aid Services of Oregon and the Domestic Violence Clinic. He is interested in family law, civil rights, and juvenile justice work.

  • Talia Stoessel

    Member At Large

    Talia Stoessel is a 2011 graduate of Northeastern Law in Boston, MA, and she moved to Oregon for the love of hiking, friendly people, and her amazing family. Talia Stoessel is current ly transitioning to be General Counsel for the International Union of Operating Engineers from her judicial clerkship with the Honorable Kathie Steele. She looks forward to building a career in civil litigation with an focus on labor and employment law and otherwise spends her time teaching fitness classes at local gyms or cuddling with her dog, Cherry.

    At Northeastern University’s School of Law, Talia coordinated with the Poverty Law Clinic and Boston GLASS (Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services) to create a presentation on acc ess food stamps for LGBTQ homeless youth. Talia completed a co-op with the National Center for Lesbian Rights as a recipient of the Pride Law Fund fellowship. Talia also received the Alexander Gray scholarship from the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association in recognition of her contributions to LGBTQ communities. She was an active member of Northeastern’s Queer Cau cus, including fundraising, co-hosting panels, and advocating for the addition of gender identity to non-discrimination policies at the school. She has written extensively on LGBTQ ri ghts, including a law review publication in the UC Davis Journal of Juvenile Law and Policy on creating and implementing nondiscrimination policies for LGBTQ youth in foster care sett ings, which can be found at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2135128.Since she has been in Oregon, Talia has worked BRO's Grassroots Action Team for the Political Action Committee to put on events to raise money and awareness, and she has participated on the OGALLA Safe Schools Subcommittee to review and provide feedback on school nondiscrimination policies.

  • Cierra Brown

    Student Member

    Cierra Brown is a first year law student at Willamette University College of Law. Cierra has an interest in juvenile justice.

  • Alyssa Sappenfield

    Student Member

    Alyssa Sappenfield is a first year law student at Lewis & Clark College, Northwestern School of Law. She is currently vice president of OUTLaw and a lead coordinator of the Law Students for Reproductive Justice group at L&C. Alyssa volunteers at the Legal Aid Services of Oregon Night Clinic and will work for the Northwest Workers' Justice Project for the summer of 2013. Alyssa has an interest in civil rights, poverty, and labor law.

    Alyssa earned her bachelor's degrees in sociology and psychology from the University of Notre Dame, where she was involved in LGBTQ and workers' rights student campaigns.

  • Adam Walters

    Student Member

    Adam Walters is a second-year law student at the University of Oregon School of Law, concentrating on environmental and natural resources law.