Jack L. Kennedy Scholarship for Working Evening Law Students
About Jack L. Kennedy
Jack Kennedy J.D. ”˜51, an active law school supporter and benefactor for many years, died March 18, 2008 at age 84. Raised in Astoria, Oregon, Kennedy served during World War II as a Navy signalman second class throughout the Pacific Theater. He maintained his semaphore skills and his enthusiasm for boating until his death.
Kennedy attended the law school’s evening program, graduating first in his class. He distinguished himself as a trial lawyer, most recently practicing with Kennedy, King & Zimmer and Kennedy, Watts, Arellano & Ricks. Kennedy remained actively engaged in the practice of law until his death. He devoted countless hours of service to the legal profession, including service as president of the Oregon State Bar, one of the founders and a director of the Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund, delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates, and charter fellow of the Oregon Law Foundation. Among his many distinctions, he was a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.
With all that, Kennedy was proudest of his involvement with Northwestern School of Law. He served as a trustee, participated in the school’s 1965 merger with Lewis & Clark College, and subsequently served as a member of the Board of Overseers and the Law School Committee. He received the law school’s Distinguished Graduate Award in 1983.
Amazed to the end that he had the opportunity to become a lawyer, Kennedy expressed his gratitude through his involvement with the law school. Jack’s estate plan gave a generous gift to the Law School to establish the Jack L. Kennedy Fund for Working Evening Law Students at Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College.
About the Scholarship
The Jack L. Kennedy Scholarship will be given annually to a working evening law student at Northwestern School of Law. The scholarship will be applied to the recipient’s tuition for the academic year that follows his/her selection.