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Distinguished Alumni & Honorary Alumni Awards

Distinguished Graduate

Each year, the Law School honors an outstanding alumnus whose achievements in their profession and their community brings distinction to Lewis & Clark. These alumni are people who value and serve the law school and represent the values of Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, its faculty, students and alumni.


Past recipients include judges, legislators, community advocates and attorneys of excellence. Recipients are selected by the Alumni Board of Directors, based on nominations from faculty and alumni. Nominate.

2014 Distinguished Honorary Alumnus Judge Michael Simon and Distinguished Alumnus Judge Michael McShane '88

2014 Distinguished Honorary Alumnus 
Judge Michael Simon and
2014 Distinguished Alumnus
Judge Michael McShane ’88

Distinguished Honorary Graduate

The Law School also honors an honorary alumnus, who although not a graduate of the Law School, exemplifies support for and commitment to Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College and whose friendship, generosity and leadership profoundly help strengthen the Law School both today and beyond. Nominate.