Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP is excited to announce that partner P.K. Runkles-Pearson has been elected to serve as chair of the Oregon Law Commission. The Legislative Assembly created the Commission in 1997 to undertake law-revision projects that require a long-term commitment and an impartial approach. Housed at the University of Oregon, the 15-member Commission includes lawyers, legislators, law professors and judges. It recommends proposed laws and prepares detailed reports that assist the legislature in policy review and provide important legislative history for judicial interpretation. Runkles-Pearson is the Commission’s second chair since its founding.
Runkles-Pearson was appointed to the Commission by Governor Kate Brown in 2017. In 2018, at the request of legislative leadership, she chaired a Commission work group to make recommendations regarding workplace harassment in the Oregon State Capitol. The legislature adopted those recommendations during the 2019 legislative session. As chair of the Commission, Runkles-Pearson looks forward to continuing to bring together diverse stakeholders to address other difficult legal and policy issues.
About P.K. Runkles-Pearson
Runkles-Pearson is a partner in the firm’s Portland, Oregon office, where she helps colleges, universities and other mission-driven and nonprofit clients with litigation and advice in employment law, education law and Oregon and federal constitutional law. She is an accomplished appellate practitioner in Oregon and federal courts and the cochair of Miller Nash’s appellate specialty team. Runkles-Pearson is active in the Oregon legal community, having served as past chair of the Oregon State Bar Constitutional Law Section, past member of the Oregon State Bar Appellate Section Executive Committee and past board member and Lawyers’ Committee chair at the ACLU of Oregon. She is a frequent speaker on employment, education and constitutional law issues. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Pacific University and received her law degree from New York University School of Law, where she was executive editor of the New York University Law Review. She is a former clerk to the Honorable Thomas A. Balmer of the Oregon Supreme Court.