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.
Our 2018 Lezak Fellows
We are very proud of the work our talented 2018 Lezak Fellows accomplished this summer:
Cristina Kladis worked at Legal Aid Services of Oregon’s Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic helping clients navigate the federal tax system and saving them more than $40,000.
Jonny Gersten worked at Legal Aid Services of Oregon on landlord-tenant, bankruptcy, foreclosure, family, and elder law matters—including appearing in court and winning civil protections for clients who were victims of domestic violence.
Lindsay Jonasson spent the summer advocating for immigrant rights with the ACLU of Oregon, supporting a range of legal efforts to defend the constitutional rights of individuals in immigration detention and oppose abusive immigration enforcement tactics.
Cari Baermann worked at the Federal Public Defender’s office in Portland, Oregon, dedicating much of her time to serving Native American clients, and obtaining equitable relief in a criminal case for a client facing harsh penalties as a result of an inaccurate arrest record.
Alison Kavanagh worked at the Community Law Division of Metropolitan Public Defender, helping low-income individuals downstream of the criminal justice system rebuild their lives by assisting with criminal record expungement, obtaining relief from court fines and fees, and performing other services.
Please join us in honoring Sid’s memory by supporting the Lezak Legacy Fellow program at Lewis & Clark Law School.