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Class of 2015

  • Michael J. Cowgill JD ’15
    MC
    • 10/06/2015

      Partnered with Alexandra Schneider to open a small immigration firm in Portland. They work on humanitarian visas, asylum cases, removal defense, and family-based immigration claims.

  • SD
    • 01/31/2017

      Is a senior intergovernmental program analyst in the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. Diaz writes that he would like “to connect with folks who are working on legislation to protect and advance efforts to combat climate change and ensure civil rights for all…we, in California, are continuing to partner with other jurisdictions, especially in light of the shift at the federal level.” He can be reached at samuel.diaz@opr.ca.gov.

  • BF
    • 07/07/2016

      Joined Bendixsen Law in Hermiston, Oregon. Foy was previously at the Umatilla County District Attorney’s office.

  • Stephanie Grant JD ’15
    SG
    • 12/21/2016

      Joined Tonkon Torp LLP as an associate in its litigation department. Grant, who graduated first in her class, spent the past year serving as a judicial law clerk for Judge Mary Beck Briscoe at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. While pursuing her degree she worked as a summer associate at Tonkon Torp for two summers and as a law clerk with the U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Enforcement Section, in Washington, D.C.

  • BK
    • 03/02/2016

      Was selected to be a Presidential Leadership Scholar, joining the second class of a leadership development initiative that draws on the resources of the presidential centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George W. Bush. The six-month executive-style program starts at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home, and travels to each participating presidential center so scholars can learn from former presidents, key administration officials, and leading academics. The goals are to study and put into practice varying approaches to leadership, develop a network of peers, and exchange ideas with mentors and others who can help participants make an impact in their communities.

  • AL
  • Amy Reid JD ’15
    AR
    • 10/06/2015

      Was named associate attorney at Wiscarson Law in Portland. Reid focuses on special education law for families. Before attending law school, she spent two years with AmeriCorps, working with children.

  • Joel Reschly JD ’15
    JR
    • 05/13/2015

      Won the Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition organized by the Environmental Law Institute and the National Association of Environmental Law Studies. Reschly is the first Lewis & Clark law student to win this prestigious competition, which recognizes student writing that best advances the state of scholarship and informs the debate on a current topic in constitutional environmental law. His paper, “Pesticides, Water Quality, and the Public Trust Doctrine,” analyzes how courts could use the public trust doctrine to regulate certain forms of water pollution and argues that the current regulatory framework governing pesticides is insufficient to protect human health, the environment, wildlife, or water quality.

  • Megan Reuther
    MR
    • 10/13/2017

      Megan Reuther JD ’15 has joined Tonkon Torp LLP as an associate in its litigation department. Previously, Reuther served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Erika Hadlock of the Oregon Court of Appeals. During her two-year clerkship, Reuther worked on a variety of civil, administrative, and criminal appeals, including complex business and contract law cases, workers’ compensation matters, and free-speech issues. Reuther holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Azusa Pacific University and earned highest honors at Lewis & Clark Law School. She was notes and comments editor for the Lewis & Clark Law Review and received the Paul Casey Public Interest and Candise DuBoff-Jones Memorial Scholarships. As a law school, Reuther worked as a summer associate at Haglund Kelley LLP and as a judicial extern for Chief Judge Ann Aiken of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.

  • Jonah L. Sandford JD ’15
    JS
    • 11/01/2015

      Was presented with the 2015 Williamson Award by Lewis & Clark’s Environmental Alumni Association, in recognition of Sandford’s dedication to the pursuit of public interest environmental law.

  • PT
    • 11/02/2016

      Joined the League of Oregon Cities as assistant general counsel. Thoennes will advocate in the areas of constitutional and municipal law, and will help develop training and educational materials for elected officials in municipal government. Previously, he clerked for Justice Rives Kistler of the Oregon Supreme Court, where he met his wife, Lauren Eldridge, who was clerking for Justice Jack Landau. Lauren is currently a staff attorney for the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Board.

  • Kent van Alstyne JD ’15
    KV
    • 11/11/2016

      Joined the southwest Washington law firm of Phillips Burgess. Past associate editor of Environmental Law Review, van Alstyne earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, where he was featured clarinetist in the university’s orchestra. Prior to joining Phillips Burgess, he was a staff attorney with the Pierce County Housing Justice Project. During law school, van Alstyne was a full-time law clerk for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a law clerk for the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals, and a summer intern for a senior advocate of the Supreme Court of India. He can be reached at kvanalstyne@phillipsburgesslaw.com.

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