Meet Your Division Officers and Delegates

You say you’ve seen them hanging around, but you just can’t pin a name to the face? Well, we won’t leave you out to dry. The hardworking crew here at GPSolo magazine has sorted through all the facts and drawn up a veritable laundry list of information about each of your incoming Division Officers and Delegates. And if you still don’t know the Officers we profiled previously but can’t seem to find your itemized receipt—don’t worry. Profiles of Chair James Durant, Immediate Past Chair Bob Zupkus, and Delegates Dwight Smith and Bill Hogan can be found in the October/November 2007 issue (online at www.abanet.org/genpractice/magazine/2007/oct-nov/divisionofficers.html); profiles of Budget Officer Stan Riffle and Revenue Development Director John Macy can be found in the July/August 2004 issue (online at www.abanet.org/genpractice/magazine/2004/jul-aug/sectionnews.html).

Who is Joseph Andrew DeWoskin?
Chair-Elect

  • You can call him Joe. Don’t bother with honorifics. You can call him Joseph, but only if he is in trouble.
  • Upon leaving active duty with the U.S. Army in 1990, Joe became a solo in an office-share arrangement. He has since added an associate and now office shares with eight other lawyers in Waits, Brownlee, Berger & DeWoskin in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Concentrates his practice on family law, debt collection and landlord/tenant, military law, personal injury/auto accidents, and adoption.
  • Received his B.A. from Washington & Jefferson College in 1988 and a J.D. from University of Missouri–Kansas City in 1991. Admitted to practice in Kansas and Missouri.
  • Now a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, he served nine years on active duty as a U.S. Army Judge Advocate. While stationed at Fort Drum, New York, he was deployed to Somalia (twice) and Haiti, and he participated in the Hurricane Andrew Relief in Homestead, Florida. While stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, he worked inside the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks (the military’s only maximum security prison) as a criminal defense counsel.
  • Actively involved in GPSolo even before law school, he spent his high school spring break at a Spring Meeting. His exposure to GPSolo really began through his father, a past Chair of the General Practice Section.
  • Has served in a leadership role in practically every aspect of GPSolo since 1989, notably as Law Student Division Liaison, Programs and CLE Board Chair, Solo & Small Firm Day Chair, Meetings Host Chair, Corporate Sponsorship Chair, Division Director, and Council Member. He has also served on ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund Selection Commission and the ABA Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law. Developed GP-MilitarySez, a listserve patterned after SoloSez.
  • Has been known to jump out of airplanes and play softball and indoor soccer. Shockingly, he never was hurt jumping out of airplanes. The same can’t be said of playing softball and indoor soccer.
  • A sports fan, he is an avid runner and coaches his son’s baseball team and his daughter’s softball team. He is involved in scouting and in synagogue activities. Collects sports and autograph memorabilia.
  • Married to Shelly DeWoskin and is the devoted father of son Harris and daughter Robin.
    Takes over as Division Chair in 2010.

Who is Laura Viviana Farber?
Vice Chair

  • Hiring partner at the law firm of Hahn & Hahn LLP, Pasadena, California. Joined the firm as an associate in 1992 and became a partner in 1996.
  • Specializes in commercial law and tort litigation, with an emphasis on employment disputes, wrongful termination lawsuits on the basis of race, sex, and age discrimination, and wage and hour disputes and issues.
  • UCLA graduate with a B.A. in political science in 1987 and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1990.
  • Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is a proud native Spanish speaker (loves dulce de leche but no longer eats meat since she ate enough growing up to last a lifetime).
  • Married to Tomas Lopez and the mother of Christopher (12) and Jessica (10), who are great kids, students, athletes, and musicians!
  • Chaired the ABA Young Lawyers Division during the 2001–2002 Bar Year.
  • Leader in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, currently serving as Chair of the Judging Committee that facilitates the judging decisions to award trophies to floats on January 1 of each year (along with the Viewers’ Choice Award, the newest addition, for which voting takes place via the Internet and text messaging by parade viewers).
  • Loves music, piano, dancing, and talking about Christopher and Jessica!
  • Recipient of the 2003 ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession’s Spirit of Excellence Award.
  • Member of the ABA Journal Board of Editors.
  • Chairs the ABA Commission on Youth at Risk.
  • Represents the Los Angeles County Bar Association in the ABA House of Delegates.
  • Proud member of the Hispanic National Bar Association, the Latina Lawyers Bar Association, and the Mexican American Bar Association of Los Angeles.
  • Takes over as Division Chair in 2011.

Who is Benes Z. Aldana?
Secretary

  • Military Trial Judge with the U.S. Coast Guard since 2005.
  • Currently assigned as a commanding officer of a mission support unit in Seattle, Washington.
  • Previously served as Principal Deputy District Legal Officer, 13th USCG District; Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington; Trial Attorney for the Environmental Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice; Legal Advisor to the Department of Defense Criminal Investigation Task Force, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and Deputy Chief, USCG Office of Environmental and Real Property Law.
  • Received a B.A. in political science (Honors Program) from Seattle University in 1991 and a J.D. from University of Washington School of Law in 1994; admitted to practice in Washington state.
  • Served as President of the Asian Bar Association of Washington; former member of the ABA House of Delegates; past ABA Young Lawyers Division Assembly Speaker; past Commissioner of the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession; past GPSolo Council Member and Division Director.
  • Currently serves on ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Independence; ABA State Membership Chair for Washington State; Co-Chair of American Bar Foundation Washington Fellows; Co-Chair of ABA Litigation Section’s Litigation Assistance to Military Personnel Committee; ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division Council Member; recently appointed by the Washington State Supreme Court to serve on the Washington State Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee.
  • Resides in Sammamish, Washington, with wife Rowena and son Ehrik (a junior in high school) and chairs the Washington State Legislative Youth Advisory Council.
  • Enjoys traveling around the world and recently discovered the joys of cruising.
  • Don’t confuse with twin brother, Ace, who is also an attorney.
  • Takes over as Division Chair in 2012.

Who is Sharon Cox Stevens?
Division Delegate

  • Practices law with her husband, Mike, in Callahan & Stevens, a two-lawyer firm in Keizer, Oregon (next to Salem), concentrating in labor and employment, civil rights, personal injury, and domestic relations law.
  • Raised in a small town in Washington state.
  • Received her B.A. from Washington State University and her J.D. from University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law.
  • When she took the LSAT, there was only one other woman in the entire auditorium.
  • Admitted to practice in Oregon in 1978.
  • Was the first woman to practice law in Linn County, Oregon.
  • Served a stint as a Deputy District Attorney.
  • She still remembers being mistaken for a secretary, being told by her mentor, “When all else fails, show a little leg” when she complained about having to go to the court of appeals with neither the law nor the facts on her side, and being asked by a judge to see her tan lines.
  • She adores Scotties—the dogs. Because she’s gone to great lengths to accommodate golf enthusiasts, we can assume she feels the same way about the people who invented the sport.
  • Always enthusiastic about spur-of-the-moment road trips to infamous places. Ask her about a trek to where O. J. Simpson once lived.
  • Her involvement with GPSolo began as Chair of the Workers Compensation Committee.
  • Has served on the ABA Board of Governors.
  • Currently serves as a Member of the GPSolo Division’s Leadership and Leadership Training Committees, Advisory Member of the Division’s Past Chairs Advisory Committee, Member of the Division’s Past Chairs Honorary Committee, Vice Chair of the Division’s House of Delegates Committee, and Co-Chair of the Division’s Solo and Small Firm Lawyer Caucus.
  • Member of the ABA Standing Committee on Membership.
  • The first woman to chair the GPSolo Section (1999–2000), she went on to serve as its Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, a role she is now reprising for the GPSolo Division.
  • Joseph A. DeWoskin, the guest author of this issue’s column, is Chair-Elect of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division. He may be reached at j.dewoskin@wbbdlaw.com.

    Copyright 2010

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