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Our Team





Sharon Lee Schwartz, Attorney

Sharon Lee has practiced general and family law for almost 20 years. While directing a regional office for Legal Aid Services of Oregon for fifteen years, she represented hundreds of clients in family law cases, and supervised thousands of cases. In addition to representing clients in court during trials and appeals, she has taught self-help divorce, custody, and trial skills classes, and has thought a lot about the true meaning of justice.

Sharon Lee is a graduate of Davidson College with a BA in English, cum laude, and Georgetown University Law Center where she received a JD and was Section Editor of the Georgetown Journal on Fighting Poverty. She is a member of the Oregon State Bar and the Oregon Association of Collaborative Practitioners. She clerked for the National Center for Youth Law, the District of Columbia Public Defender Juvenile Services Program, and the Women's Legal Defense Fund. Sharon Lee completed a UC Berkeley fellowship on human rights decisions in New Delhi, India. She began practicing law for a legal aid program on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, where she worked in tribal and state courts.

She recently published two articles in Clearinghouse Review Journal of Poverty Law and Policy, one of which was co-authored with the founder of the national Legal Services program, Dr. Edgar Cahn. Dr. Cahn and Sharon Lee presented together at the 2012 National Legal Aid and Public Defender Association annual conference about creating reciprocity based relationships between clients and attorneys in legal aid programs. She also spoke at the 2011 Time banks USA Annual Conference about achieving social justice through partnerships with clients.

Sharon Lee has been involved in the Roseburg community since moving here 16 years ago. She co-founded the Umpqua Valley Time Exchange, is a past president of the Douglas County Bar Association, and has served on boards including UCAN, Neighbor works Umpqua, the League of Women Voters, and the Douglas County Law Library. She has participated in the United Way Agency Relations Committee, the Douglas County Family Law Advisory Committee and the Douglas County Family Violence Prevention Council. She was appointed to the Oregon State Bar Affirmative Action Committee, and has participated in the Oregon Prosperity Initiative lead by the office of Governor Kitzhaber.







Ann Vaughn, Paralegal

Ann Vaughn has extensive experience as a paralegal, having worked in a private practice setting and then as a paralegal at Legal Aid Services of Oregon for 19 years.

Ann has taught and developed materials for self help divorce and custody classes, and has supported clients in filing appropriate paperwork and preparing for court.

She has been involved in the community through her work on the local Family Law Advisory Committee, the Housing Authority of Douglas County Self Sufficiency Board, the SPCA Board, the Saving Grace Board and in the Eastside Community Garden.

 

Judy Buoy, Paralegal

Judy has worked in the legal field as a legal assistant since 1998, first in a criminal law setting in a multi-lawyer firm. She later transitioned to domestic relations and family law with a single attorney. During her 16 years in the legal field, she has attended numerous Oregon State Bar Professional Liability sponsored courses and has kept current on the local Uniform Trial Court Rules. Judy was a member of the Oregon Legal Assistant Association until 2013.

Judy’s past experience includes working with Oregon State Parole and Probation as an Administrative Assistant, as an office assistant for the local ADAPT agency, as an administrative assistant to the president of Prince William Sound Community College, and as an administrative assistant to the area manager for PacifiCorp. Additionally, she worked for 20 years for Douglas County with her last position as Board Secretary to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners.

Her volunteer activities include working with the Booster Clubs in Valdez, Alaska and serving on the Booster Club Board in Sutherlin; volunteering as a hostess to pageant contestants and serving on the local board of the Miss Douglas County Scholarship program for 13 years. She is a member of the ladies Elkettes since 2002 and volunteers in the many programs sponsored by the Elks Lodge #326 since 2001. She and her husband are certified through DHS as foster parents.

 

Dessie Springer, Office Manager

Dessie has over twenty years’ experience as a social worker, focusing extensively on teen parents. She has worked with Phoenix School establishing the teen parent program and certified child care center, Early Intervention, Boys& Girls Aid Society, Riddle School District, and Cobb School Children’s Learning Center.

Dessie gives to her community by volunteering at Glide Elementary School, the General Marion Carl Foundation, and the Roseburg Food Project. She has volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club, the SMART program, Roseburg Public Schools, and the Salvation Army.