Business Law Spring Luncheon was a great success
April 27, 2016
Each year the Business Law Spring Luncheon is an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our students and to thank the many members of the community who lend their time, resources, and talents to the curricular and extracurricular activities of the Business Law Program.
This year’s luncheon was held last week at the Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland. The event drew a crowd of nearly 150 attendees, including students, faculty, mentors/mentees, donors, scholarship donors and recipients, student organization leaders, adjunct professors, and local practitioners.
The afternoon kicked off with a welcome from Dean Jennifer Johnson, followed by lunch, and recognition of the many members of the business and legal communities who support the Business Law Program and Small Business Legal Clinic (SBLC).
The highlight of the program was the presentation of the Distinguished Business Law Graduate Award, which is awarded annually to a graduate of the Law School who has demonstrated exemplary leadership, has made a positive mark on the legal or business profession, and whose accomplishments have brought honor and distinction to the Law School. This year, that designation went to Harley Franco ’77, Chairman and CEO of Harley Marine. Mr. Franco is a highly respected businessman with a sincere passion for the environment, his employees, and Lewis & Clark Law School.
Previous recipients of the Distinguished Business Law Graduate Award include: Gary Grenley ’75, Román D. Hernández ’00, Ying Chen ’95, Jun Ge ’95, Jordan Schnitzer ’76, Michael T. Winslow ’80, Trudy Allen ’82, Jeff B. Curtis ’86, Ron (Rongwei) Cai ’90, Sen. Betsy Johnson ’77, and Wayne Perry ’75.