2020 Board Candidates

If you are a private bar member of OCDLA you will receive an email on May 15 (after 12:00 p.m.) containing a link to the Survey Monkey ballot. Go here for more election information. Watch candidates make at the May 22 Business Meeting.

District 1 Candidates

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

Kati Dunn, Strawberry Mountain Law PC, Canyon City

Kati Dunn

I’ve been a proud public defender since 1998. I’m in Eastern Oregon now, as of late last year. I want to serve OCDLA and our criminal defense community. 

OCDLA is an incredible asset to all of us practicing in this area in Oregon. We’re so fortunate in this state to be able to help and serve all of our clients. My personal values are kindness, service, integrity, and fierceness. I believe there is room and need for these values on the OCDLA Board to help our organization thrive — and all of us in this profession — through this incredibly challenging time. 

I believe that our greatest chance of success is to lean in and help each other, with an attitude of collaboration and commitment. I want to facilitate that effort. If chosen, it would be my pleasure and honor to serve in the capacity of a board member for OCDLA.  

Reid Kajikawa, Deschutes Defenders, Bend

If nothing else, these last few weeks have proven that time is relative. During that time, I have given a lot of thought to Eastern Oregon’s relationship with OCDLA and would like to represent District 1 on OCDLA’s Board of Directors. 

I have practiced criminal law in Eastern and Central Oregon since 2005. OCDLA has been an important part of my professional development as well as—and perhaps more importantly—my personal development as an attorney. I have witnessed firsthand how we, as a group, have forced significant changes expanding our clients’ rights, both through relentless litigation across the state and work with the legislature. Every attorney I have reached out to for help through this organization has been thoughtful and gracious, and I appreciate all of the relationships I have built through OCDLA. 

As a board member, I would like to raise OCDLA’s profile in Eastern and Central Oregon, and our area’s profile within OCDLA. Eastern and Central Oregon are full of smart, talented, and committed defense attorneys, and I would like to help to bring those two groups closer together through local community outreach and regional trainings. I hope to make OCDLA local; to be accessible to attorneys and to help connect them to the statewide criminal practice. I would also like to be a voice for civil commitment practitioners across the state, and to continue to develop OCDLA’s resources to support their work, both through educational and practice materials and through legislative advocacy. 

I came to this profession because I was interested in the work. I have stayed in large part because of the people with whom I work. The people with whom we fight sustain us through difficult times like these and through our practice.

Jerrett Glass, Morris & Sullivan PC, The Dalles

I am running for District 1 Board Member to try and better the practice of criminal defense in Oregon, at least in a small way through my service.

I will continue to push some of the changes that Dick Garbutt pioneered in his county, namely pushing for funding for social workers on dependency cases to be a part of our contracts from OPDS. I would also like to revamp the Library of Defense to include better search features and to recruit more members to participate in updating the Library. I would also like to see OCDLA investigate getting a subscription for medical journals, so we have access to the most up-to-date science when crossing the State’s experts. This will allow effective cross on issues like batterer’s program, visitation with parents, rising BAC, Partition Ratios, intoxication by drugs, and more. I want to improve OCDLA’s usefulness to its members. 

I want to run because it is time I gave back. I have been a criminal defense attorney for over seven years, and it is time I share the experience I have gained. 

District 2 Candidates

(County: Lane)

Jesse Lohrke, Lohrke Law LLC, Eugene

I was a law student when I attended the 2010 OCDLA Search and Seizure conference. The Lane County Public Defender’s office was good enough to send me, and it solidified my path to becoming a defense attorney. Up to that point I was not sure what I wanted to do. But as soon as I was in a room full of zealous criminal defenders talking about the things they talk about I knew I wanted to work among them and stand up for the same things.

OCDLA is an important part of criminal defense in Oregon and is an organization that is important to me. The collective wisdom of our Pond answered my earliest questions and is a place where breaking news, tactics, and strategies are shared. Our CLEs and conferences bring us together to share ideas and learn from each other and national leaders in our profession. OCDLA is an organization that needs to exist and thrive. I have no agenda in asking to be on the board other than to  support the organization and its mission. 

I have been a solo and small firm practitioner since starting in 2011. My practice has been a combination of appointed and retained criminal defense work in municipal and circuit courts. For the last three years I have practiced mostly dependency and delinquency cases in Lane County. My wife and I are both OCDLA members and practice together.

I would be honored to represent Lane County on the OCDLA Board of Directors. Thank you for your consideration.

District 4 Candidates

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

Alex Spinks, Spinks Defense, Hillsboro

Championing justice, promoting individual rights and supporting the legal defense community through education and advocacy.

This is the mission statement of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association. The importance of this statement and the goals of OCDLA cannot be understated. Utilizing the combined influence of all our members, we strive to improve the landscape for defendants in a system where all the odds are stacked against them, something we cannot do alone.

Who am I?
My name is Alex Spinks and I am running for the OCDLA Board, representing District 4. I graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2013, and since then have practiced in Douglas and Washington counties as a public defender, as well as in Clackamas, Multnomah, Lincoln, Marion, Polk, and Benton counties as a private attorney. I have the unique experience of working as a full-time public defender, a full-time retained attorney, and now handling both retained and contract work as a consortium member. I also previously served briefly as a board member while working for the Umpqua Valley Public Defender.

Why am I running?
Thanks to my experiences, I know how different the needs of OCDLA’s members can be, and how focusing on one section of members can leave others out. We need OCDLA to stand for all criminal defense attorneys and especially to support the newest members.

I want to bring OCDLA into the 21st century and make it accessible to everyone. Because of COVID, OCDLA has been forced to adapt and present conferences digitally, this needs to continue long after we are back to in-person conferences.

Why should you vote for me?
I will bring experience, dedication, and an unmatched knowledge of the different needs of our members. As your board member I will push to bring OCDLA into the 21st century. Now is the time to take advantage of the available technology and make the knowledge of our members more available to everyone.

At-large Candidates

(Any county)

Ben Eder, Thuemmel Uhle & Eder, Attorneys at Law, Portland

Ben Eder

I would like to serve on the Board of OCDLA because I want to give back to a great organization that has helped me develop as a lawyer. I have learned so much from other OCDLA members, the Library of Defense, CLEs, and OCDLA publications.

It has been an honor to speak at the Annual Conference on Forensic Toxicology/Retrograde Extrapolation in DUII cases and also regarding Field Sobriety Tests. I have also presented multiple times at the biannual DUII conferences, moderated the DUII conference and presented various other criminal defense CLEs. This year, I was a co-editor for the revised edition of the DUII Notebook and have written chapters for the DUII Notebook in the past. I have also served on OCDLA’s Legislative Committee, tried a jury trial in at least 13 different jurisdictions, argued several cases at the Court of Appeals and one case at the Oregon Supreme Court. 

I served on the Board of the Oregon New Lawyers Division including as Chair (President). While on the Board of the Oregon New Lawyers Division I was awarded the President’s Membership Service Award from the Oregon State Bar and created a program that won best program for lawyers by the American Bar Association. I am currently serving on the Board of the Litigation Section of the Oregon State Bar. 

My vision for OCDLA is to continue and improve upon the sense of community for the defense bar. There are many private lawyers that don’t attend the CLEs because they don’t understand how they can help their practice. I would like to increase our membership and improve the value of our membership for those looking for practical skills to better represent their clients in court. 

Matthew Rowan, Collins Rowan, LLP, Medford

I am running for the at-large position because I am committed to ensuring criminal defendants in the State of Oregon receive the highest quality of legal representation. OCDLA provides a valuable resource to criminal defense attorneys. The current Covid-19 crisis has highlighted gaps in our legal system that must be resolved moving forward; OCDLA plays a vital role in shaping criminal defense policy.

I envision OCDLA taking an active role in shaping how criminal defendants are afforded prompt, speedy, fair trial rights in the face of court shutdowns. OCDLA must also help state officials navigate the looming budgetary shortfalls facing our state. As former Jackson County Bar Association President and member of the OSB House of Delegates, I have experience leading and directing policy discussions that will assist OCDLA as we lobby for our clients and criminal defense services in the years to come.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Oregon State Bar House of Delegates: Delegate (2015)
  • Oregon State Bar Practice and Procedure Committee: Member (2012–2015)
  • Jackson County Bar Association: Member (2010–Present), Treasurer (2012–2014), President-Elect (2014–2015), President (2015)
  • William V. Deatherage American Inns of Court: Member (2012–Present)
  • Center for NonProfit Legal Services: Board Member (2015–2019), Treasurer (2018)
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association: Member (2013–2014, 2018–Present)

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon 
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon 

If you are a private bar member of OCDLA you will receive a link to the Survey Monkey ballot on Friday, May 15 via email.