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The Lezak Legacy Program

Honoring the memory of Sid Lezak

Sid Lezak was a lawyer, an activist, a mediator, and an inspiration. He served at the pleasure of six presidents as the longest-serving U.S. Attorney in the country and was a pioneer in the field of mediation.  Sid demonstrated his love for his profession and community through his strong commitment to public service and mentoring others. 

Established 2012, the Lezak Legacy Program at Lewis & Clark celebrates Sid’s legacy by providing stipends and mentorship to law students pursuing social change.  Lezak Legacy Fellows commit to spending a summer working at nonprofit organizations in Oregon. The students gain valuable legal experience while helping organizations that might not otherwise be able to afford legal assistance.  Past recipients have worked on important issues like immigration, poverty, Native American rights and community dispute resolution. 


“The summer stipend that accompanied my Lezak Fellowship was essential in enabling me to take an unpaid position for the summer.  For me, the most valuable part of the Lezak Legacy Project was the mentors I was assigned and the community that I became part of.  My mentors, Judge Susan Graber and Norm Sepenuk welcomed me into their friendship, advised me, and entertained me during our get-togethers. I have also gotten to know a larger community of other Fellows, their mentors, the Lezak family, and supporters of the Program.  During our monthly potlucks I came to understand and appreciate the intimacy and collegiality of the Portland legal community.”
      -  Jordan Schoonover, 2013 Lezak Legacy Fellow 

“Because of your gift, I was able to intern with Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services. Your dedication to public interest law ensures that low-income individuals will continue to receive support.”                                     -   Juliann Peebles, 2014 Lezak Legacy Fellow  

“The Lezak Legacy Project not only provided financial assistance to help me achieve my goals this summer, but also offered an invaluable mentorship program.  For me, the most beneficial part of this program is the mentorship.  Because I had very little connection to the legal community in Portland, receiving this opportunity has been an incredible experience and one of the best in law school.  Being surrounded by so many intelligent, caring, and respected people, who want to help all of us succeed, has been a blessing.”
    -    Kristin Welsh, 2013 Lezak Legacy Fellow 

This stipend made a big difference for me this summer and it will have a lasting impact.  I am excited to have the opportunity to participate in this program, the financial support is quite helpful but the mentoring is really invaluable.
    -    Joseph Callahan, 2014 Lezak Legacy Fellow

Please join us in honoring Sid’s memory by supporting the Lezak Legacy Fellow program at Lewis & Clark Law School.

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