Pacific Northwest-based law firm Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP announces that partner P.K. Runkles-Pearson has been appointed by Governor Kate Brown to serve on the newly formed Public Safety Training and Standards Task Force.
The Task Force will review best practices, research and data that govern current standards for law enforcement training, certification and decertification practices. Based on this review, the Task Force will provide recommendations for improving training and certification practices for Oregon law enforcement officers, as well as provide suggestions for revisions to the legal requirements for officer decertification. These recommendations will address how to incorporate racial equity principles and de-escalation practices into law enforcement training and certification. Members of the Task Force include a diverse cross-section of government and community representatives with experience in public service, civil rights and public safety.
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 specializes in helping progressive organizations prioritize equity and inclusion while minimizing legal risk. 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; among other things, she is the 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 current Lawyers’ Committee member at the ACLU of Oregon. She also currently serves as chair of the Oregon Law Commission. Runkles-Pearson is a frequent speaker on employment, education and constitutional law issues. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Pacific University and 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.