Welcome to Legal Aid Services of Oregon
Meet Our Board of Directors
Michael Mason - Board President
Michael D. Mason has been working in Indian Affairs since 1983, when he was admitted to the Idaho State Bar and began practice at Idaho Legal Aid Services Indian Law Unit. While there he fought development of sacred sites and represented the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho on development of the Kootenai River Inn and other matters. He returned to Oregon to work at the Native American Program Oregon Legal Services, was admitted to the Oregon State Bar, and represented the Burns Paiute Tribe (previously named the Burns Paiute Indian Colony), the Coquille Tribe in its effort to achieve tribal restoration, and the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community and the Klamath Tribes on a variety of matters. He also helped launch the federal restoration of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska.
In 1990, Michael joined the Department of the Interior Solicitor’s Office where he wrote the Litigation Request for the case that became Idaho v. U.S., 533 U.S. 262 (2001) (Coeur d’Alene Lake bed owned by Coeur d’Alene Tribe and U.S.) and worked on Crow Tribe v. Department of the Interior (107th Meridian boundary dispute with the U.S. and Northern Cheyenne Tribe) and the Tyrannosaurus named “Sue” case, among others. He once again returned to Oregon to establish the Grand Ronde Tribal Attorney Office and helped the tribe develop its Health & Wellness Center, Spirit Mountain Casino, and the Spirit Mountain Community Fund.
For the last 14 years, Michael has represented a variety of tribes as a lawyer in the NW United States. He has lobbied in Salem since 1999, initially for the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation. Currently, he lobbies for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, the Warm Springs Tribes, Coquille Indian Tribe, and Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest.
In 2013, Michael was awarded the Henry Hewitt Access to Justice Award by the Campaign for Equal Justice. The award recognizes individuals who have made substantial contributions to legal aid for low-income Oregonians. Michael was cited for his two decades of commitment to access to justice.
He is a graduate of The Evergreen State College and Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. He helps legal aid programs in Oregon, is lead singer and songwriter with Beargrass, and kills Scotch broom at every opportunity.
Beverly Pearman - Board Vice President
Beverly is the LASO Board Vice President. She is Assistant General Counsel with the Port of Portland and a former Chair of the Oregon State Bar Legal Services Program Committee. She also is a chair of the Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette Board of Directors.
Beverly is actively involved in the Campaign for Equal Justice in Multnomah County. She has been a volunteer attorney for Multnomah County's Domestic Violence Project and has provided many hours of pro bono service to eligible clients.
Beverly has a B.A. from Furman University, and a J.D. from University of North Carolina School of Law.
Beverly enjoys hiking, running, hearing live music, eating at Portland’s great restaurants, and spending time with her daughter.
Wayne brings a wide-range of legal and volunteer organization experience to his role on LASO’s Board of Directors. He has been a County Counsel for Lincoln County, Oregon since 1987; is a past president of the Oregon County Counsel Association; past chair of the Oregon State Bar's Government Law Section; and a past chair of United Way for Lincoln County. He is also a Member of the Advisory Board for LASO’s Lincoln County Office in Newport, Oregon.
Mark B. Comstock
Mark has broad experience in business, civil and commercial litigation, and in all areas of school law. He is recognized as a leader in creditor rights and bankruptcy litigation, representing clients in bankruptcy court and in various matters in civil litigation before all state and federal courts throughout Oregon. Mark also counsels school districts and education service districts in personnel, civil rights and special education matters, business management practices, and represents them at trial and legislative and administrative hearings.
Educated in Oregon, Mark was awarded a B.A. from the University of Oregon in 1978, and a J.D. from Willamette University College of Law in 1981.
Mark is very active in the Oregon State Bar (OSB). He frequently speaks and writes for the Bar’s continuing legal education programs and publications. He has been honored twice by the Bar, receiving the Oregon State Bar Debtor-Creditor Section Award of Merit and one of six President’s Public Service awards for significant contributions to the public through efforts involving pro bono services, the legislative/public affairs process, law-related education, coordination of public service law-related events, and service with community organizations.
Mark has been instrumental in implementing the Oregon Judicial Department’s eCourt services, from serving on the Steering Committee and the Law and Policy Workgroup, to Chairing the joint OSB/OJD Implementation Task Force.
A Partner in the law firm of Stoel Rives, Amy serves on the board of directors for the Oregon Law Center, is an Advisory Board member for the Campaign for Equal Justice, and is an emeritus board member of Emerge Oregon. She previously served on the Legal Services Program Committee of the Oregon State Bar and was co-chair of the Campaign for Equal Justice Associate's Committee.
A graduate of Northwestern University with a B.A. in History and Political Science, Amy finished her J.D. at the University of Washington’s School of Law in 2001 with high honors.
Amy is a 2010 and 2013 recipient of the Stoel Rives LLP Pro Bono Service Award and a 2014 recipient of the Community Leadership Award from the Oregon Area Jewish Committee.
A client representative, Dana is an appointee and former Board member of Washington County Community Action Partnership, where she served as Board Secretary. Dana has been an active member of the community, supporting and helping low-income Oregonians to thrive since 2004.
Ed Clay Goodman
Ed began his involvement with Indian issues with graduate-school work on Indian land-rights protections. He received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany, his M.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
In 1989, Ed began his Indian law practice, focusing on housing issues in Indian Country. He served as a staff attorney and later as director of litigation for the Native American Program of Oregon Legal Services. Ed has been a partner since 2003 with the Indian nation law firm of Hobbs, Straus, Dean, & Walker, LLP, where he has represented Indian tribes, tribal housing authorities, and other tribal organizations. In December 2011, he was named the first “Lawyer of the Year” by the National American Indian Housing Council.
Ed enjoys books on politics and history, playing guitar, and canoeing and hiking with his family.
Martina L. Gordon
A client representative, Martina was originally appointed to the LASO Board of Directors by the Salvation Army, and her appointment was confirmed again by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. She is employed by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla as a housing service coordinator.
Sara is currently senior in-house counsel at Precision Castparts, and is a former attorney with the Portland, Oregon Corporate practice group of Stoel Rives. She has served as a Congressional staff member for the US Department of Energy, as Committee staff for the US House of Representatives, and as Chief Counsel for the Committee on Science, U.S. House of Representatives.
Sara is active on various committees at the Oregon State Bar, and is a supporter of the Campaign for Equal Justice. She also serves on the Scientific Reviews Task Force of the Institute for Natural Resources, headquartered at Oregon State University.
Sara is an alumnus of The College of William and Mary and Cornell School of Law.
A client representative, Kristin was appointed to the LASO Board by the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency. She has served as LASO Board Secretary for a number of years. An active volunteer, Kristin has also served on the Head Start Policy Council of the Community Action Agency.
Paula is a board member of long-standing who brings valuable experience and insight to the organization. She holds a degree in Business Administration from Portland State University and has been a practicing Certified Public Accountant since 1981.
Paula is a past officer and board member of the Oregon Society of CPAs, and a past President of the Oregon Society of CPAs Education Foundation. Since 1989, she has been a partner at Bunce Palmer CPA in Portland.
Gayle has been a member of the Legal Aid Services of Oregon and Oregon Law Center Board of Directors since September 2014.
Prior to her retirement, Gayle practiced law in Oregon from 1989 to 2010. After obtaining her Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School in 1975, she also practiced law in the states of New York and Texas.
Although Gayle spent the last 10 years of her legal career as Associate Counsel for NW Natural in a business law practice, most of her career was spent working in Legal Services offices in Texas from 1979-1988, and in Oregon Legal Services from 1988-2000. It was during her years doing legal services work that her interest in poverty law and equal access to justice issues was developed and sustained. In 1993 she received the Oregon Women Lawyers’ Deiz/Roberts Award for service to the minority legal community. In 1997, she received the Meritorious Service Award from the Easter Seal Society for her contributions as a member of their Board of Directors. She served on the Oregon Board of Bar Examiners from 1990-1993, and on the Board of the Classroom Law Project.
Manuel is a Public Defender in Marion County. He is a former legal aid Farmworker Program staff attorney and Deputy Director of the Statewide Farmworker Program.
Manuel began working in the Ontario Office of Oregon Legal Services in 1981 and was first Latino attorney practicing in Malheur County.
Manuel received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boise State University, and earned his J.D. at the University of Oregon. He was formerly a partner in the firm Rader, Stoddard & Perez, P.C.
Marc practices law in Eugene as Marc D. Perrin, PC, with an emphasis on family law. He holds both a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Oregon.
Marc is a long-standing board member of the Lane County Legal Aid and Advocacy Center. He is an active pro bono volunteer.
A client representative, Mary was appointed to LASO’s Board by the Southern Oregon Indian Center, where she also serves on the Board of Directors. She also volunteers with the Oregon Youth Authority. Mary works on behalf of senior citizens and low-income Oregonians in rural Oregon and helps take care of her granddaughter.
Assitan Sylla Traore
A client representative, Assitan was appointed by the African Association of Eugene, Oregon, of which she is a member. She has a strong interest in women’s issues and has volunteered with community non-profit organizations that serve the low-income community.
A client representative, Marisa was appointed to LASO’s Board of Directors in 2015. She was appointed by Housing Works, the local housing authority for Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties. She is a Certified Medical Assistant for an ear, nose and throat office in Bend and the single mother of two girls.