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Supporters Endow Lezak Fellowship Fund

In 2012, the friends and family of Sid Lezak—Oregon lawyer, activist, mediator, and mentor who was one of the longest-serving U.S. Attorneys in the nation—established the Lezak Legacy Fellows Program to fund summer fellowships for Lewis & Clark Law School students who demonstrate a commitment to social justice.

This year, supporters endowed that fellowship fund. In so doing, donors have made a significant and lasting investment in the future of our students and communities.

Lezak Legacy fellows work in public interest law settings and tackle legal issues such as environmental justice, wage theft, poverty law, Native American rights, prisoners’ rights, and community dispute resolution. The fellowships provide students with invaluable experience while enabling public interest organizations to benefit from summer law clerk positions that they would not otherwise be able to fund.

In addition to helping endow the fellowship fund, the Lezak family has also generously donated most of the lawyer’s awards and photo memorabilia to the law school. These are now displayed in the Sid Lezak Classroom in Wood Hall.

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