Sharon Lee Schwartz, Attorney and Mediator
Sharon Lee has practiced general and family law since 1995, is a mediator, and a certified divorce financial analyst. 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 selfhelp divorce, custody, and trial skills classes.
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 published three 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. Edgar 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 in 1997.
She co-founded the Umpqua Valley Time Exchange, is a past president of the Douglas County
Bar Association, and has served on boards including AFS for foreign exchange students, UCAN, Neighborworks Umpqua, the League of Women Voters, Common Ground Mediation Program, and the Douglas County Law Library. She has participated in the United Way Agency Relations Committee, the Douglas County Family Law Advisory Committee, the Douglas County Family Violence Prevention Council, and was appointed to the Oregon State Bar Affirmative Action Committee.
Ann Vaughn, Paralegal
Ann Vaughn is one of few local paralegals who have passed the national paralegal exam. She has extensive experience as a paralegal, having worked in a private practice setting and then as a paralegal at Legal Aid Services of Oregon.
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 Humane Society Board and in the Eastside Community Garden.
Dessie Springer, Office Manager
Dessie is our office manager and legal assistant. She has over twenty years’ experience as a social worker, working extensively with teen parents. Dessie has worked with Phoenix School, Early Intervention, Boys & Girls Aid Society, Riddle School District, and Cobb School Children’s Learning Center.
She has volunteered at Glide Elementary School, the Boys & Girls Club, the General Marion Carl Foundation, and Umpqua Valley Time Exchange.
Bertrand and Vincent, Office Therapists and Rodent Patrol
Bertrand and Vincent joined the firm in 2019 after a lengthy interview process. After months of careful watching, Bert climbed through a window one morning. His brother, Vince, joined him a few weeks later, deciding the firm was a good match for him.