Shari joined LAPBC near the end of 2020 as a Lawyer-Social Worker. She is a graduate of Wurzweiler School of Social Work, NY, NY (MSW) and Rutgers School of Law, Camden, NJ (JD). She received her Certificate of Business Management from Portland State University, Portland, Oregon and her license in clinical social work (LCSW). She became Assistant Director in May 2021.
For the last 21 years, Shari has provided confidential assistance to lawyers, judges, and law students as a member of the Oregon Attorney Assistance Program team. She is experienced in counselling people on such topics as career and life transition, mental health and trauma challenges, crisis intervention, stress management, organizational and time management challenges, alcohol and substance use and compulsive behaviours.
Shari enjoys helping people at life cross roads, and likes to focus on well-being and self-compassion, building community and creating a safe space for expression amongst the legal community. Shari has prior experience as a criminal defense lawyer in Portland, OR. Shari served on the board of the Oregon Women Lawyers, the OSB Diversity Section Executive Board, and as Liaison to the OSB Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.