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Alums Honored by the Oregon State Bar

October 21, 2020

The Oregon State Bar is honoring four alumni from Lewis & Clark Law School. The 2020 Annual Awards, will be presented on November 6, 2020, in a virtual ceremony.

Román D. Hernández ’00 received the Edwin J. Peterson Professionalism Award, the state’s highest professionalism award presented to a lawyer or judge. The award is presented by the Oregon Bench and Bar Commission on Professionalism to a lawyer or judge who “consistently demonstrates integrity, honesty, and a willing compliance with the letter and spirit of the law, with the rules of the court, and with the highest ethical standard.” The son of immigrants, Hernández is the managing partner of Troutman Pepper’s Portland office where he focuses on employment law and commercial litigation.

Rob Schecter ’11 was honored with the President’s Sustainability Award for significant contributions to the goal of sustainability in the legal profession in Oregon. Schecter created the website while a law student at Lewis & Clark. The website was created as a way for law students to easily access the Oregon Revised Statutes. Schecter has now expanded to a nonprofit, Public.Law, and has created similar websites for California, Nevada, Texas, and New York, reducing the need for printed copies of the statutes and creating easier access to the statutes for lawyers and law students.

Recent graduate, Olivier Jamin JD ’17, LLM ’18, was awarded the OSB’s Oregon New Lawyers Division (ONLD) Advancing Diversity Award. The award honors a member for advancing the OSB’s value of “serving and valuing its diverse community, to advancing equality in the justice system, and to removing barriers to that system.” Jamin is an attorney at Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP and recently collaborated with the Criminal Justice Reform Clinic at Lewis & Clark on the Ramos Project. The Ramos Project supports post-conviction relief for criminal defendants convicted under nonunanimous jury verdicts in Oregon.

Law partners Lee Wyatt and John Haub ’76 received the Small Firm OSB Pro Bono Award. The firm focuses on helping veterans and those with great need but few resources. Outside of the firm, Haub also started the Veteran’s Legal Clinic at the local nonprofit Fort Kennedy. At the clinic, Haub helps homeless veterans on a variety of legal issues, including Vietnam veterans afflicted by Agent Orange.

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