Business Law Spring Luncheon was a great success
April 05, 2017
Each year the Business Law Spring Luncheon is an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our students and to thank the many members of the community who lend their time, resources, and talents to the curricular and extracurricular activities of the Business Law Program.
This year’s luncheon was held at the Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland. The event drew a crowd of nearly 100 attendees, including students, faculty, mentors/mentees, donors, scholarship donors and recipients, student organization leaders, adjunct professors, and local practitioners.
The afternoon kicked off with a welcome from Dean Jennifer Johnson, followed by lunch, and recognition of the many members of the business and legal communities who support the Business Law Program and Small Business Legal Clinic (SBLC).
The highlight of the program was the presentation of the Distinguished Business Law Graduate Award, which is awarded annually to a graduate of the Law School who has demonstrated exemplary leadership, has made a positive mark on the legal or business profession, and whose accomplishments have brought honor and distinction to the Law School. This year, that designation went to Steven Hedberg ’84, Chief Operating Officer at Perkins Coie. He is the firm’s most senior business professional responsible for all aspects of operations and strategic growth. Steve oversees all professional staff throughout the United States and Asia. Steve also serves as a member of the firm’s Executive and Management Committees. Prior to becoming Chief Operating Officer, Steve was a partner at Perkins Coie for more than two decades and focused his pracftice on Bankruptcy law.
Previous recipients of the Distinguished Business Law Graduate Award include: Harley Franco ’77, Gary Grenley ’75, Román D. Hernández ’00, Ying Chen ’95, Jun Ge ’95, Jordan Schnitzer ’76, Michael T. Winslow ’80, Trudy Allen ’82, Jeff B. Curtis ’86, Ron (Rongwei) Cai ’90, Sen. Betsy Johnson ’77, and Wayne Perry ’75.