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Portland, Oregon Lawyer Katherine Huff O'Neil is New Member of ABA Board of Governors

CHICAGO, Aug. 14, 2007 – Katherine Huff O’Neil of Portland, of the law firm Graff & O’Neil, takes office today for a three-year term as a member of the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association.  Her term began at the conclusion of the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

As governor of the ABA’s 13th District, O’Neil will represent Montana, Alaska and Oregon.  The board meets at least four times yearly to oversee administration and management of the association.

In her practice O’Neil is a mediator and arbitrator in civil and commercial matters.  She is a member of panels of the U.S. Arbitration & Mediation Service, NASD, Oregon Appellate Settlement Conference, and the Multnomah County Circuit Court Arbitration Panel.  She has been a member of the Oregon State Bar since 1977.

A member of the ABA since 1977, O’Neil has served in many roles.  She has been a member of the Standing Committee on Gavel Awards; the Latin American Law Initiative Council Advisory Committee; the Bar Services Committee and the Commission on Women in the Profession.  She has also been Oregon State Delegate in the House of Delegates for 11 years and served as chair of the House of Delegates Technology Committee.

O’Neil has served on numerous committees of the Oregon State Bar and also served president of the Oregon Law Foundation, president of the Professional Liability Fund, and founding president of Oregon Women Lawyers.  She has also been Oregon’s chair of Lawyers Representatives to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, a member of the Federal District Court of Oregon’s Gender Bias Task Force and the State-Federal Judicial Council.

Among her honors, O’Neil received the Award of Merit, the highest honor of the Oregon State Bar, as well as, the U.S. District Court Historical Society 2005 Lifetime Service Award and the Lewis & Clark Law School 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award.  She is also the recipient of the Women of Achievement Award from the State of Oregon Commission on Women, and the Justice Betty Roberts Award from the Oregon Women Lawyers, among others.

O’Neil received her Juris Doctor degree from Lewis & Clark Law School, and a bachelor’s degree with great distinction from Stanford University.

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