OCDLA Board of Directors

Candidates, 2016 Election


District 1 Candidates

(Counties: Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, Wheeler)

Richard L. Garbutt, Klamath Falls

I am seeking appointment to the District 1 board seat. I formed and have worked with Klamath Defender Services for 32 years. We started with five member attorneys and now have 17 in two counties. I also implemented our own social worker corps for dependency case management. We have two for the parents, two for the children and one who operates our newly formed own Attachment Center, known as OUR House (Opportunity, Understanding and Responsibility) for infant children in state custody.   arrow Read more.


District 2 Candidates

(County: Lane)

Elizabeth Baker, Eugene
I would be honored to serve as a board member. I've been a criminal defense attorney for 25 years and have practiced in many counties in Oregon, including my home county, Lane County. I've served on the Pay Parity Committee and as an OCDLA speaker and moderator. This is an exciting time for our organization, with our new incoming director, as well saw other major changes happening within Lane County, including a new director for our public defender office soon. I'm one of several founding members of the Lane County Defense Consortium and have a major felony practice throughout the state.


Clayton M. Tullos, Eugene
Clayton Tullos is a Lane County attorney whose commitment to fairness in the criminal justice process is so fervent that he ran for District Attorney of Lane County in 2016. Clayton believes in the good work OCDLA has done in the past and looks forward to a bright future of reforms.





District 4 Candidates

(Counties: Benton, Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, Yamhill)

Jennifer Robins, Hillsboro

I am asking for the pleasure to serve as OCDLA Board Member for District 4. I started practicing law in 2005, working for, what was then Morris, Olson, Smith and Starns, P.C., in the Columbia River Gorge. This position was a hybrid of court-appointed and retained criminal defense, as well and juvenile delinquency and dependency. The firm is the primary contractor for the Seventh Judicial District, so I represented clients in Hood River, Wasco, Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler Counties. I was also appointed on conflict cases in Umatilla, Crook, Jefferson and Deschutes Counties. arrow Read more.

Nicole E. Schaefer, Lincoln City

I wish to serve on the OCDLA board because I believe it is important to represent the interests of “new” lawyers such as myself. I also believe that in order to exact change in any way one must become involved.

My board experience consists of serving on the board of a nonprofit organization and serving as a board assistant prior to law school. I obtained a Certificate in Criminal Law and Procedure at Lewis & Clark Law School and I remain interested and involved in criminal law, as well as trying to practice it now.
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At-large Candidates

(Any county)

Neal Weingart, Portland

I began my criminal defense career with the help and guidance of OCDLA and our OCDLA lawyers. I spent the first five years of my career as a public defender, and I learned to be a criminal defense lawyer, largely through the assistance of OCDLA. I’ve never missed an Annual Conference. Now, out on my own, I devote a huge portion of my private practice in criminal defense, and though I dabble in other areas of the law, my heart lies in defending those accused of crimes from our government.  arrow Read more.