Bounds Confirmation Controversy: Cutting off our nose to spite our face

The Senate should unanimously confirm Ryan Bounds. He is a brilliant attorney with one of the sharpest legal minds I have known. More importantly, he is compassionate, thoughtful and fair. Ryan is an open listener, willing to hear and consider every perspective and struggle to fully understand an issue from all sides. That is why his college writings are such a preposterous way to judge the man he is today. They were written by a kid who was in the process of becoming this man. I have seen Ryan work on some of the most challenging cases that come before the federal bench. From International Terrorism, to advocating for an inmate assaulted in prison, what has always impressed me is his ability to connect to people – to really SEE each of us as individuals – flawed as we may be.

I had the privilege of interviewing and hiring Ryan into his […]

2018-06-04T09:27:02-07:00May 9th, 2018|Articles, Opinion|

Silencing My Inner Critic: Who Says Nobody’s Perfect?

I am not enough. I suffer from Imposter Syndrome: an inner dialogue that insists any success I have is a fluke and any failure proves my inadequacy. In moments of triumph, I am flooded with anxiety and fear of being outed as being the “phony” that Holden Caulfield lamented in Catcher in the Rye. Waiting for someone to point and yell: “She isn’t one of us, she doesn’t belong, she isn’t (fill in the blank) enough. These beliefs usually focus on four themes:

  1. Professional/Academic Competence: I am not as smart, skilled, rich, polished, or pedigreed as my peers.
  2. Body Image: I am not thin enough, strong enough, tall enough, or pretty enough.
  3. Internally Flawed: I am the “wrong kind” of person. I am broken and can’t be fixed.
  4. Unloveable: No one could love me as I am. I will only be loved if I achieve, perform, give, sacrifice, and convince others that I am […]
2018-06-04T09:28:57-07:00May 23rd, 2017|Articles, Opinion|

Fly, Fish, Food

Fish is good food. Rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and protein, eating fish strengthens our hearts against heart disease, inflammation, dementia, diabetes, digestive disorders and even autoimmune diseases. Besides, it’s delicious. Unfortunately, not all fish are created equal, and most fish are not created in a way at promotes environmental equity. As unsustainable commercial fishing practices ravage global fish populations, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find quality, sustainably-sourced seafood sourced. As we chose between labels that read: “wild caught”, “local”, and “farm-raised”, what we are missing is the option to buy fish that is both organic and sustainably raised.

By 2030, two thirds of the world’s seafood will be farmed. That same year, the global population is expected to reach 8.5 billion. Our current over-reliance on land-animals for protein conflicts with our effort to reduce carbon emissions to stave off global warming. It takes a small fraction of both the food mass and […]

2021-12-06T17:04:44-08:00December 20th, 2016|Articles, Opinion|

How Oregonians can combat Islamophobia: Guest opinion

As appeared on December 17, 2014

On the four year anniversary of the Corvallis mosque bombing, we should be mindful of how recent global events feed a climate of Islamaphobia in the United States.  Radical extremists have plotted against, and in some instances killed, Americans in places like Boston, Fort Hood, even here in Oregon. Most recently, the rise of the group calling itself “The Islamic State (ISIL)” has recruited our citizens to join its violent quest for power throughout the Middle East.

Terrorist organizations, including Al-Qaida and ISIL, radicalize people in new ways.  Using sleek ad campaigns and the Internet, they recruit Americans to attack their neighbors and to fight overseas in Syria and Iraq.  We must counter these efforts without sacrificing our American values.

As I have talked with Oregon’s diverse Muslim community, I’ve heard from so many who have a deep love for this nation.  I spoke with […]

2018-06-04T09:29:58-07:00December 17th, 2014|Articles, Opinion|

Native Children Exposed to Violence: Defending Childhood in Indian Country and Alaska Native Communities

Appeared in Indian Country Issues – July 2014 Volume 62 Number 4

Today’s Tribal youth carry wounds of their ancestors, compounded by generations of atrocities committed against this nation’s Indigenous people, including historical traumatic campaigns of eradication, reservation assignment, boarding school[s], and relocation. Although they carry these wounds, these contemporary youth will be the first generation with an opportunity to heal from historical trauma.

Ivy Wright-Bryan, National Director of Native American Mentoring, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, in written testimony, Defending Childhood Initiative, Public Hearing 2, Attorney General’s Task Force, Children’s Exposure to Violence in Rural and Tribal Communities 31 (Jan. 30–Feb. 1, 2012), available at

My first real exposure to life on an Indian Reservation was when I worked as the Tribal Court Clerk for the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon (CTGR) from 1993 to 1995. I was a law student at […]

2021-12-06T17:04:51-08:00July 1st, 2014|Articles|

Universal background checks would help keep guns out of the hands of criminals: Guest opinion

Appeared on May 18, 2013

Last July, Prineville police responding to a call found Willard Wilhelm with a loaded gun. Wilhelm had previously been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence assault. There were two women and four children in the home when Wilhelm was arrested.

In December, Portland police responded to reports of two boys, 11 and 7 years old, who tried to carjack a woman with a loaded handgun. The 11-year-old had taken the gun from his home, where his father, a convicted felon, had left it in easy reach.

amanda marshall mugshot.jpgAmanda Marshall

In January, Timothy Gaines was sentenced to prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The conviction stemmed from an incident where the 20-year-old Gaines was seen throwing a gun as he fled the scene of a shooting. Gaines, a gang member, committed this new […]

2021-12-06T17:05:00-08:00May 18th, 2013|Articles, Opinion|
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