Student Leadership and Service Presents Outstanding Staff and Faculty Awards to Members of the Law School Community
With a focus on racial equity and social justice, the Office of Student Leadership and Service (SLS) honors outstanding contributions to the greater Lewis & Clark community by students, staff, faculty, student organizations, and community partners of all three Lewis & Clark schools. In 2020, SLS selected two honorees from the law school.
Aliza Kaplan, professor of lawyering and the director of the Criminal Justice Reform Clinic, was the recipient of the SLS Outstanding Faculty Award. “Service means using our law degrees to help others. Service is about recognizing your power (whatever it may be) and privilege and using it to serve others in meaningful ways,” said Kaplan. “For me, that is about reforming the criminal justice system by representing clients individually and learning through their cases and their stories how we can change the system for the better, to make it more just, fair, and compassionate to all. I am honored to be receiving an award for just doing my job. My favorite part is my students and my former students—they inspire me every day on so many levels.”
J.B. Kim, assistant dean for diversity and academic resources, was the recipient of this year’s SLS Outstanding Staff Award. Kim led the Academic Enhancement Program and the Summer Institute for the past 12 years. She worked to recruit and retain diverse students and advised prospective students, current students, and alumni on a wide range of issues. “For me, service means working for the greater good, widely defined,” Kim said. “Leadership is encouraging others to live up to their best potential. As an administrator, I help support students in crisis, strengthen academic skills, and work to improve diversity and equity on campus. I love working with our students. They are smart, funny, and passionate. It’s a two-way street. I also learn so much from their experiences and perspectives.” J.B. Kim became the director for diversity and inclusion at the Oregon State Bar in October.