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Gwen Griffith and Caroline Harris Crowne Speak at OSB Annual Litigation Meeting
Tonkon Torp attorneys Gwen Griffith and Caroline Harris Crowne were invited to speak on a panel at the Oregon State Bar’s 25th Annual Litigation Institute & Retreat Meeting held on March 16. Their session was focused on pro bono service opportunities available to lawyers.
Gwen spoke about the regional pro bono project housed at Tonkon Torp called "Changing Lives Forever,” or the CLiF Project. Gwen is co-founder of the program that provides legal services to juvenile offenders who have been deemed good candidates for removal from lifetime sex offender registration, but who can’t afford a lawyer to help them navigate the complex process. She shared how the program works, and how it has impacted the lives of clients who were successful in being removed from registration.
Caroline shared how attorneys can gain critical trial experience through volunteer service. She provided information on three pro bono trial programs open to attorneys: Multnomah D.A./American College of Trial Lawyers’ Jury Trial Experience Project, Legal Aid Services of Oregon’s Portland Domestic Violence Project, and ACLU Cooperating Attorneys.
Gwen has a wide-ranging tax practice that cover matters of business taxation, personal tax issues, advice to nonprofits and local governments, and estate planning.
Caroline's litigation practice focuses on commercial contracts, business owner disputes, and accounting issues. She represents clients in federal and state courts, before judges, juries, and arbitrators.