Supporting Public Interest Students

The 30th Annual Public Interest Law Project (PILP) Auction, which was held in February 2021, raised over $63,000.

PILP Auction Goes Virtual and Raises $63K

The 30th Annual Public Interest Law Project (PILP) Auction, which was held in February 2021, raised over $63,000. These funds gave 10 students summer stipends to work in unpaid internships at nonprofit legal advocacy organizations, legal aid clinics, public defender’s offices, and other public interest organizations.

Lezak Legacy Fellows Serve the Oregon Community

Four students working for nonprofits and government offices this summer have been selected as the 2021 Lezak Legacy Fellows. Adrienne Del Monte ’22 and Eliza Silverman ’22 worked at the Metropolitan Public Defender, Dara Illowsky ’22 worked at Crag Law Center, and Marisa Fiat ’23 worked with the Oregon Health Justice Project. Honoring Sid Lezak, the Lezak Legacy Fellowship provides summer stipends to current law students who demonstrate a commitment to serving the Oregon public. The Lezak steering committee also matches fellows with mentors from the Oregon legal community.

We are saddened to note the recent passing of Muriel Lezak, a generous supporter of the Lezak Legacy Fellowship.

 

Students listed above received support from one or more of the following scholarships: the Dean’s Scholarship, the Alumni Board of Directors Scholarship, Paul H. Casey Public Interest Scholarship, Candise DuBoff Jones Scholarship, and Steven Manas Memorial Scholarship.

Supporting Students

The Enduring Impact of the Roosevelt Robinson Minority Scholarship

As a community leader, former prosecutor, respected judge, and beloved friend, the Honorable Roosevelt Robinson ’76 touched the lives of many and set a sterling example of legal professionalism in public service.

2021 Mentor/ Mentee Awards

Alumni and their colleagues have played a major role in supporting law students through the long tradition of pairing students with attorney mentors based on shared interests and backgrounds.

Judges Reflect at Martin Luther King Jr. Event

Judge Ulanda Watkins ’96 (Clackamas County), Judge Ray Crutchley ’99 (Deschutes County), and Judge Patricia McGuire ’95 (Multnomah County) served on a virtual panel in honor of the school’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture.

Points of Pride

Students received one or more of the following scholarships and grants: The Dean’s Scholarship, Andrea Redding Scholarship, Brooks Institute Scholarships in Animal Law, Discovery Grant, Harpole Scholarship, Roosevelt Robinson Minority Scholarship Jane Wiener Scholarship Fund, Trillium Grant and the Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust Annual Scholarship - Law.

Commencement

COVID restrictions, continued beyond original expectations, derailed planning for the 2020 commencement. The virtual celebration for 2021 grads featured U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer BA ’70, JD ’76, and top graduate Michael Benjamin Smith ’21.