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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 in 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 such as immigration, poverty, Native American rights, and community dispute resolution.


Our 2020 Lezak Fellows

We are very proud of the work our talented 2020 Lezak Fellows will accomplish this summer:

From left to right: Trisha Sharma ’22 (Center for Food Safety), Maggie Powers ’21 (Disability Rights Oregon), Jesse Hoffman ’21, Monet Gonnerman ’21 (Federal Public Defender), Michelle Ganow-Jones ’21 (Metropolitan Public Defender).

View the  Past Fellows

News Update:

The Lezak Fellowship Program mourns the January 3, 2020 death of long-time supporter Frank Noonan Jr.  Frank served as a law clerk to Judge John Kilkenny on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, then as an Assistant U.S. Attorney under Sid Lezak in 1973.  He rose to Chief of the Criminal Division under U.S. Attorney Kris Olson from 1994-2001.  Frank received numerous awards for litigation from federal law enforcement agencies and the professionalism award from the Multnomah Bar Association in 1992. His word was gold with the federal bench. 

Kris Olson remembers, “I trusted Frank Noonan with the most sensitive federal cases, relied on his judgment in policy matters, and often sent him in my stead as an ambassador to D.C. from our office. Frank Noonan’s levelheadedness and kindness had a huge impact on law clerks, law students and future leaders of the Oregon Bar.”  
Frank supported the Lezak Fellowship Program from its inception, serving as a mentor, and regularly attending events to dispense kindness and wisdom to the Fellows.  The extended Lezak Fellowship family will remember Frank fondly, and will continue striving to instill the values Frank exemplified in the next generation of Oregon attorneys.

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

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