Professor Jeffrey Jones Posthumously Recognized with Leo Levenson Award

The 2021 Leo Levenson Excellence in Teaching Award was presented to the late Associate Professor of Law and Philosophy Jeffrey D. Jones.

Treasured by law faculty, the honor is awarded annually by the graduating class of Lewis & Clark Law School to the full-time faculty member whose teaching is deemed to have had the most significant impact on the class.

Amanda Pham Haines ’21 presented the award during a virtual commencement event, following a moment of silence to honor and remember those we have lost. Haines said about Jones, “He helped us make our goals, and then achieve and celebrate them. He was also there for us when we failed.” Describing his work, Haines said, “He was a true intellectual. He didn’t just want to learn how to practice the law, but he wanted to learn where it came from and where it was going, and he taught us to leave the industry better than we found it, and to continually evolve to the needs of our community.”

Professor Janet Steverson accepted the award on behalf of her colleague and friend. “I am sad that future students will miss out on all that Professor Jones had to offer, but glad that you, the Class of 2021, benefited from his humor, his wisdom, his teaching, and that his colleagues also benefited from his humor, his wisdom, and his teaching…we will, in turn, pass his teachings on to all those with whom we come into contact.”

Jones also won the Leo Levenson Award in 2018.

Professor Jeffrey Jones Credit: Nina Johnson

Remembering Professor Jeff Jones

Associate Professor of Law and Philosophy Jeffrey D. Jones passed away on December 25, 2020, at the age of 52. The community held a celebration of life where students, alumni, colleagues, and friends recounted their happy memories. Many of these recollections were published in the 2020 Lewis & Clark Law Review.

Professor Jones was a great teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend. After a stellar academic career during which he earned a JD from the University of Michigan and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin, he practiced employment law with two distinguished Portland firms. He joined the Lewis & Clark Law School faculty in 2007.

The Jeffrey Jones Tribute Fund was created to honor a law student in Jeff’s memory. The fund is awarded to a student who has made an outstanding contribution while in law school to further social justice. In addition, the Student Bar Association established the “Nicely Done!” Award to recognize Jones’ contributions to, and impact on, students. This $500 annual award is given to students who demonstrate a commitment to empathy, inclusivity, and accountability.

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