Our law school just finished celebrating its 100th year in fine form. From regional events to activities at the law school, and even our first golf tournament, we were afforded many opportunities to connect with our fellow alumni and the institution. During these gatherings, I was often asked what the Alumni Board of Directors does and how alumni can participate.
The board consists of alumni who volunteer their time to help graduates stay involved with Lewis & Clark Law School. We represent a number of class years and share an interest in building and maintaining connections between the law school and its alumni.
Every year, the board hosts the Distinguished Honors Dinner, at which we recognize outstanding graduates and honor friends of the law school. The 2016 Distinguished Graduates were Governor Kate Brown ’85 and Associate Dean Martha Spence ’84. An Alumni Board committee is busy working on our 2017 event, and we encourage you to submit nominations here.
The Alumni Board also sponsors a scholarship. I have been fortunate over the years to work on the committee that selects the Alumni Board Scholarship recipients. This year, we chose Danielle Holgate ’17 and Dmitriy Golosinskiy ’17. These two are go-getters, so you may well see them out in the community. If you do, please congratulate them. And remember that we are always in need of funds to increase the endowment for the scholarship so we can help more students. I urge you to make a donation today!
Are you looking for a way to connect with other law school graduates in the Portland area? Our incoming Alumni Board president, Ajit Phadke ’98, organizes a monthly Alumni Happy Hour. The location varies from month to month, so there is bound to be one soon in a neighborhood that’s convenient for you. To make it even more appealing to meet up with your fellow alumni, the law school provides the appetizers for each gathering.
Serving on the Alumni Board is an excellent way to give back to the law school community. If you are interested in volunteering, please let me know.
Dan Eller ’04