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Date: July 15, 2009
GSB Press Release

PORTLAND, ORE., July 15, 2009 – Garvey Schubert Barer is pleased to announce Carrie A. Richter, an associate practicing in land use in the firm's Portland office, was appointed to the American Planning Association's Amicus Committee. This committee serves as the voice of the national organization, submitting amicus briefs on behalf of the organization, and is one of the more visible parts of APA. It files "friend-of-the-court" briefs in state and federal courts in cases of importance to the planning profession and the public interest. The committee often monitors cases and legal decisions that ultimately affect planners across the United States.

Ms. Richter joins Garvey Schubert Barer's Edward J. Sullivan, who has been an active member serving on the APA Amicus Committee since 2003. "We are pleased that Carrie has been appointed to the committee. Her firsthand legal experience combined with her passion for issues facing land use decisions make her an excellent addition to the team," said Mr. Sullivan, an owner in the firm's Portland office.

Carrie Richter represents business, communities and government entities in land use planning and municipal law. She has argued over 50 cases before the Land Use Board of Appeals, two cases before the Oregon Supreme Court, a case before the New Mexico Supreme Court, as well as a number of cases before the Oregon Court of Appeals. Ms. Richter currently acts as the deputy city attorney for Oregon City, advising the city on many contentious planning issues, most recently five challenges to master planning for areas recently added to the city’s urban growth boundary.

She contributes to a monthly column in the Daily Journal of Commerce - Oregon and frequently lectures on Oregon's land use procedures across the country. She has served as a commissioner for the City of Portland Landmarks Commission since 2006 and is also a member of the Oregon State Bar CLE Committee, Real Estate and Land Use sections, serving since 2000. She serves as secretary-treasurer for the American Planning Association, Planning and Law Division.

About the American Planning Association

The American Planning Association is an independent, nonprofit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in community planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change. Its vision is of a nation of vital communities, fully accessible to all people, with: comprehensive plans implemented to create healthy, safe places to live and work; social, economic, and racial equity and integration; provision of good public services; and decisions based on sustainability at all levels. For more information, visit

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