Distinguished Honors 2020

March 7, 2019

On a Saturday evening in early March, alumni, alumni, faculty, and staff gathered to celebrate those who have contributed so much to the law school and to the community.

  • Distinguished Honors 2020


Alan Merkle ?82 Alan Merkle ’82

Alan Merkle ’82

Distinguished Graduate

Alan Merkle is a man of many talents: an engineer, businessman, attorney, mayor, and French knight. His international law practice focuses on energy, infrastructure construction, and design, with a heavy emphasis on renewable energy projects. In 2017 the President of France named Merkle Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite (Knight of the National Order of Merit).

Susan Mandiberg Susan Mandiberg

Distinguished Law Professor Susan Mandiberg

Honorary Graduate

Susan Mandiberg, Distinguished Professor of Law, has shaped legal minds as a professor at Lewis & Clark Law School since 1980. Named a Jeffrey Bain Faculty Scholar for her teaching, service, and scholarship and recipient of the Leo Levenson Award (two times!) for excellence in teaching, she goes above and beyond as a teacher and mentor to support her students. She served as Associate Dean of the law school 2013–16.

Zach Pilchen ?13 Zach Pilchen ’13

Zach Pilchen ’13

Recent Graduate Council
Rising Star Recipient

Since graduating from Lewis & Clark with a certificate in environmental law, Zach Pilchen has advised on a wide array of federal environmental matters for the EPA’s Office of General Counsel and the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, including climate and air pollution regulations, an important amendment to the Clean Water Act, and a bipartisan hydrofluorocarbon phase-down bill.

Amanda Caffall ?11 Amanda Caffall ’11

Amanda Caffall ’11

Recent Graduate Council
Community Spirit Recipient

Amanda Caffall is the founding executive director and staff attorney at The Commons Law Center, where she brings together law students, experienced pro bono lawyers, and community partners to expand legal access to Oregonians of modest means.