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Erin Patterson named Bradken’s Young Employee of the Year |

Categories: 2010s | Award or honor | Professional or career event

Erin Patterson, a 2013 alumna in materials science and engineering, was named Bradken’s Young Employee of the Year.

Every year Bradken, a global manufacturer and supplier of differentiated consumable and capital products, honors a select few employees who demonstrate the core values of their company.  In the process of their selection, Bradken chooses amongst 4,000 of their employees, and awards employees who stand out in each region. Patterson was selected from the Bradken America group.

 “I felt honored and happy to be recognized for the work I’ve done in the two years I’ve been with Bradken,” she said.

Patterson was first hired at Bradken’s Tacoma site as a metallurgist intern. After just two months, she was hired permanently.

Bradken selected Patterson for the company’s prestigious award for her part in the installation of an optical emission spectrometer in Bradken’s melt shop, where she demonstrated the company’s values of high-motivation as well as innovation and continuous improvement.


Andrew Somer, appointed as the new Court Administrator |

Categories: 2000s | Award or honor | Professional or career event

Andrew Somers has been appointed as the new Court Administrator for Island County Juvenile and Superior Court, effective March 1, 2015. He has worked with the Island County Superior Court for the last seven years, and served as Assistant Court Administrator during the last three. He has extensive experience coordinating all aspects of Juvenile and Superior Court.

Andrew has served on many state-level committees through the Juvenile Probation Manager’s Association and the Washington Association of Juvenile Court Administrators. He was recently selected to serve on the Washington State Center for Court Research Advisory Board.

Prior to Andrew’s responsibilities in court administration, he was the Island County Drug Court Coordinator and his goal was to help participants gain vocational skills and employment. Thru grant funding, participants received assistance with job skills and counseling on chemical dependency. Andrew believes that historically, drug courts are successful at significantly lowering recidivism, which saves the community great amounts of money. People who are eligible for drug court are those who have committed non-violent crimes and have been diagnosed with a drug or alcohol abuse or dependency problem. Ultimately, the court dismisses criminal charges against those who successfully complete the program.

Andrew graduated from Walla Walla High School in 2002 and Washington State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. Following graduation, he was a Mental Health Counselor at the Washington State Penitentiary and at Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue, WA.


Scott Sanderson joins eDiscovery Leader Discovia |

Categories: 1990s | Professional or career event

Discovia, a leading global provider of eDiscovery services to corporations, law firms and government entities, announced today that it has hired Scott Sanderson, an experienced business development professional and former NFL offensive lineman, as Senior Discovery Consultant. In this capacity, Sanderson will be responsible for establishing and managing new client relationships in the Southeast U.S. He is based in Nashville, TN.

“I have been aware of Discovia’s reputation and business model for some time and when the opportunity arose to join the company, I enthusiastically accepted,” said Sanderson. “I am excited to be working for an innovative company that pioneered a fixed-price managed services model. I bring a strong customer service background and a drive for perfection which will be useful in supporting our clients’ needs.”

Sanderson brings to Discovia over a decade of success in professional sales with Intuitive Surgical, a leader in robotic-assisted surgery, and with Merck, a global pharmaceutical and healthcare leader. He also has experience as an on-air talent for the Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the nation’s largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies. For seven seasons Sanderson enjoyed an outstanding career in the National Football League as an offensive lineman for the Tennessee Titans, the New Orleans Saints, and the Chicago Bears, highlighted by his playing for the Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000. He earned his undergraduate degree from Washington State University in criminal justice and sociology.

“Scott has had an incredibly successful career in several highly competitive industries,” said Paige Hunt Wojcik, Discovia’s Chief Client Officer. “We are thrilled to have him join us to support Discovia’s continued growth in the Southeast and beyond.”

About Discovia

Discovia provides electronic discovery services to corporations and law firms engaged in litigation, ITC investigations, and internal and regulatory investigations, including HSR Second Requests. Services include onsite and remote data collections, data minimization, data processing and hosting, expert application of leading technology-assisted review tools, document review management, and document productions. Discovia is one of the only eDiscovery services providers to achieve ISO 27001 certification and HIPAA/HITECH compliance for data security according to third-party auditors. Discovia is the first to publish its accuracy rate – 99.7 percent, and typically achieves data culling rates of 95 percent for repeat clients. Discovia is the first eDiscovery services firm to deliver a fixed-price managed services solution, enabling corporate legal departments and law firms to gain a world-class eDiscovery function with complete cost predictability. More information is available at 415-392-2900 or http://www.discovia.com.
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Rodney Norton named “Lawyer of the Year” in Portland area |

Categories: 1970s | Award or honor | Professional or career event

Two attorneys from the Hart Wagner law firm were singled out in the newly released 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Rodney Norton was selected as 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” for Legal Malpractice Law — Defendants in the Portland area. Janet Schroer was selected as 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” for Appellate Practice, also in the Portland area.

Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant. These lawyers are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the peer-review assessments conducted by Best Lawyers. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and in the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.

In addition to earning the Lawyer of the Year award, Norton was listed in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the following practice areas:
• Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
• Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
• Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants

Schroer was cited in the following additional areas:
• Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
• Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants

Eight more attorneys at Hart Wagner were honored in the 2016 guide, with some receiving recognition in multiple practice areas:
• Troy S. Bundy: Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
• John Hart: Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
• Matthew Kalmanson: Appellate Practice
• Steve Kraemer: Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
• Karen O’Kasey: Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law; Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants; Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
• Jennifer Truzzolino: Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
• Gordon Welborn: Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law; Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants; Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
• Michael Wiswall: Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law; Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants; Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants

Since it was first published in 1983, The Best Lawyers in America has become known as the most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

Hart Wagner LLP is a civil defense law firm with offices in Portland and Redmond, Oregon. The firm’s 30 trial attorneys represent doctors, medical institutions, governmental agencies, employers and individuals. To learn more, visit www.hartwagner.com


WSU alumni, Joyce Stark named ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016 |

Categories: 1990s | Award or honor | Professional or career event

A Veteran science teacher with the Sunnyside School District who is also an active leader in regional and national student science fair programs, Joyce Stark has been named the Educational Service District 105 Regional Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016.

ESD 105 superintendent Steve Myers presented the award during a surprise announcement as part of the Sunnyside School District’s staff-wide pre-service orientation meeting at the Sunnyside High School Auditorium on August 26.

Stark will serve as one of nine candidates from throughout the state for the 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year award, which will be announced on Sept. 21 at Seattle Center’s Experience Music Project / Science Fiction Museum.

The regional honor follows Stark’s selection earlier this year as the Sunnyside School District’s Secondary Teacher of the Year. In her application materials for the ESD 105 Regional Award, Stark wrote: “I wanted to teach science as scientists do authentic research. I believe that to learn science, students must do science.”

She added: “I enjoy seeing students making discoveries on their own, learning from their mistakes, and working as scientists.”

Stark began her teaching career at Sunnyside’s schools in 1977. She began a middle and junior high school earth and physical science teacher, then transferred in 2001 to her current position teaching science at Sunnyside High School. As a high school teacher, she has taught biology, chemistry, botany, forensics, oceanography, and ecology, and established a research science elective. She also incorporated science research programs into her classes, including the option for students to obtain credit for research conducted after school or during evenings and weekends.

Over the past 33 years, Stark has assisted 28 Sunnyside students in achieving all-expense-paid trips to the International Science and Engineering Fair. Others involved with Stark’s programs have won trips to the International Sustainable World Energy Engineering Environment Project Olympiad in Texas and to the Genius Olympiad in New York.

In his nomination letter, Sunnyside High School principal Ryan Maxwell wrote: “There is a buzz in the air as students work on their projects. She has the ability to take an uninterested science student and turn him or her into a scientist.”

In addition to her work with the science fairs, Stark served as the Sunnyside School District’s science coordinator five years and was the advisor for the Sunnyside Middle School Science Club.

The new ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year attended The Pennsylvania State University, where she earned both her B.S. degree in zoology with a minor in chemistry. She worked as a medical technologist for a hospital and entomological research technician at Penn State. Then, five years after obtaining her B.S. degree, Stark completed her teaching certification from Penn State and decided to begin a teaching career. She eventually earned an M.S. degree in biology from Washington State University in 1995.

In her application materials for the ESD 105 Regional Award, Stark wrote: “My motto, ‘To learn science, students must do science,’ can be modified for other disciplines, as well. Science encompasses many aspects of our daily lives. Being science literate will no longer be just an advantage, but an absolute necessity in the future.”