Our Team


Amanda Caffall, J.D.

Executive Director & Staff Attorney

Raised in the foothills of Mt. St. Helens, Amanda grew to love nature and commuting by bicycle in the city. For more than twenty-five years, teams have relied on Amanda to build energy out of ideas. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, she received awards for her work with The Commons Law Center, including the Oregon State Bar's Oregon New Lawyer's Division's Public Service Award, the Oregon State Bar President's Technology and Innovation Award, and Lewis & Clark Law School's Community Spirit Distinguished Honor.

She enjoys walks outside, tending houseplants, and and raising a toddler. 

Art Knauss, J.D.

Family Law Program Director

During law school, Art was drafted and served in Vietnam and had two children. His law practice has focused on family and criminal law, and he was a longtime defense attorney for Clackamas County Mental Health Court, which he helped create. His community service includes 14 years on the Clackamas County Bar Judicial Selection Committee, 6 years on the Oregon State Bar local ethics committee, President of Clackamas County Indigent Defense Corporation for 18 years, and President of the Board of Clackamas County Community Corrections for 10 years. For his contributions he received the Ralph Holman Lifetime Achievement Award from the Clackamas County Bar in 2016. Art has a political science degree from the University of Oregon and a law degree from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College.

He and his wife, Lynne, live in Milwaukie and enjoy seeing their grandchildren every week.

Michaela Gore, J.D.

Attorney Fellow

A born and raised Portlander, Michaela always wanted a job that would let her give back to her community. Michaela graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2018. During her time in law school she was a member of the Environmental Law Review, a Student Bar Association Representative to the Curriculum Committee, and a Dean's Scholarship recipient. Michaela volunteers as a mentor for Lewis & Clark Law School's mentorship program and on the attorney advisory committee of the Oregon Justice Resource Center's Re*Membering pilot program. Michaela is passionate about access to justice, criminal justice reform, and continuing to learn how to be a better ally to underserved communities.  

In her spare time she enjoys listening to audiobooks, crocheting, and recharging in saunas and hot springs.

Ekua Hackman

Attorney Fellow

Ekua graduated from Willamette University College of Law in 2015. During her time in
law school, Ekua was an active member of the Multicultural Law Student Association and the Women’s Law Caucus. She knew early on that she wanted to serve the community, and so spent a year working in the Willamette Clinical Law Program with a focus on estate planning. After graduating, Ekua worked a year and a half as a judicial clerk for the Hon. Cheryl Albrecht. Ekua joined The Commons because she has a
passion for helping build intergenerational wealth within the Black community. Ekua also currently serves as Secretary of the National Bar Association's Oregon Chapter.

In her free time, Ekua enjoys science fiction & fantasy, baking, and live music.

Elise Hampton

Attorney Fellow

Elise has been interested in accessibility issues ever since she was young. By joining The Commons, she hopes to increase access to justice for Oregonians. She has attended Southern Oregon University, Lewis and Clark Law School, and St. Anne’s College, Oxford. During school, she worked at the ACLU of Oregon and the National Crime Victim Law Institute, and competed for Lewis and Clark at the regional Client Counseling Moot Court competition.

When she’s not in the office, she enjoys cooking, reading comics, and listening to podcasts.

Shannon Suehr

Attorney Fellow

After attending the University of Minnesota, Shannon moved to Oregon in 2017 to attend Lewis & Clark Law School. During her time in Portland she was fortunate to establish a strong community in the city. After graduating school in 2019 she was excited to give back to the city that has afforded her so many opportunities. She was drawn to The Commons because of the mission to expand access to justice in Oregon.

Outside of work Shannon enjoys going to National Parks, swimming, and playing with her puppy.

Board of Directors

Kimberly Pray - Board President

Kimberly Pray, J.D., LL.M.

Board President

As board president, Kimberly has nearly two decades' experience in nonprofit leadership and organizational development. As one of the founding partners of Catalyst Law, LLC, a women-owned B-Corporation and initial investor in the Commons, she counsels change-makers how to leverage impact for their families, businesses, and communities in the areas of taxation, estate planning, and business law.

John Grant - Board of Directors

John E. Grant, J.D.

Board Treasurer

John is a lawyer, an ops guy, a consultant, a team-builder, and a hacker, though not necessarily in that order. By day he is a legal operations strategist and law firm process consultant. He served as co-chair of the Oregon State Bar's Innovations Committee and is a member of the Board of Governors.

Jim Dwyer Photo

Jim Dwyer

Board Director

Jim has been practicing law since 1989 and loves to make the law a non-intimidating process for his clients. His firm is deeply committeed to everyone having access to legal help regardless of their financial means. He believes our society, and its laws, are only as good as a person's access to legal help. Jim also has a love of food and he and his wife, Jan, can often be found having dinner with their two daughters and their friends. He has a website, Tipping-the-Scales.com, where he helps attorneys find greater meaning by taking care of their teams, clients, and families.

Lewis Landerholm - Board of Directors

Lewis Landerholm, J.D.

Board Director

A decade in business management led Lewis to found his firm as a new lawyer in 2009. Recognizing too many people needed family law help, Lewis and his team launched a new project in 2014 to serve clients of lesser means, Affordable Family Law of Oregon. Lewis is a mentor to the kids sports teams he coaches and to his legal team.

Advisory Board

Our advisory board is chaired by Kristen West McCall, partner at Pickett Dummigan McCall.

  • Susan Gary, University of Oregon
  • Ward Greene, Williams Kastner
  • Kate Kilberg, Catalyst Law, LLC
  • Neil Kimmelfield, Lane Powell, Shareholder
  • Damien Munsinger, Klein Munsinger LLC
  • Penny H. Serrurier, Stoel Rives, Managing Partner
  • Michele E. Wasson, Stoel Rives, Associate
  • Harry Wilson, Markowitz Herbold, Shareholder

Pro-Bono Partners

  • Josh Barrett, Create Legal
  • Susan B. Bock, Stoel Rives
  • Brooks Cooper, Draneas & Huglin, P.C.
  • Bryson Davis, Harrang Long Gary Rudnick, P.C.
  • Laura Fishman, Laura Fishman Law
  • Jim Geringer, Klarquist
  • Leigh Gill, Immix Law Group
  • Alex Gund, Swider Haver
  • Michael Hallas, Stumptown Law
  • Victoria Hines, Willamette Family Law
  • Ryan Howard, Ryan Howard Law
  • Lindsay Kearl, Legacy Preservation Law
  • Kate Kilberg, Catalyst Law
  • Lewis Landerholm, Landerholm Law
  • Jack Lundeen, Retired
  • Bill Manne, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn
  • Fallon Niedrist, The Standard Insurance Company
  • Kimberly Pray, Catalyst Law
  • Susan Lee Schwartz, Sharon Lee Schwartz LLC
  • Terry Wright, Willamette University