Kennedy-King-Tongue Working Evening Student Scholarship

The Kennedy‐King‐Tongue Working Evening Student Scholarship Fund is an endowed fund established in 2019. Two scholarships are awarded annually through the Fund to working students attending the Lewis & Clark Law School’s evening program (now known as the part-time program). The Entering 1L Scholarship and Upper Division Scholarship will be awarded to students who are employed full-time and attend the part-time program. Scholarships will be applied to the recipient’s tuition for the academic year that follows their selection.

The Fund honors the profound impact that Mr. Jack L. Kennedy, the Honorable Garr M. King, and the Honorable Thomas Tongue had on Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College.

About Jack L. Kennedy

Jack Kennedy JD ’51, attended the law school’s evening program, graduating first in his class. He distinguished himself as a trial lawyer, practicing with Kennedy, King & Zimmer and Kennedy, Watts, Arellano & Ricks. Mr. Kennedy remained actively engaged in the practice of law until his death. He devoted countless hours of service to the legal profession, including as president of the Oregon State Bar, as one of the founders and a director of the Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund, as a delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates, and as a charter fellow of the Oregon Law Foundation. Among his many distinctions, he was a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Mr. Kennedy was most proud of his involvement with the law school. He served as a trustee, participated in the school’s 1965 merger with Lewis & Clark College, and subsequently served as a member of the Board of Overseers and the Law School Committee. Mr. Kennedy received the law school’s Distinguished Graduate Award in 1983.

About Garr M. King

Garr M. King JD ’63, spent more than 30 years in private practice before he was nominated in 1998 by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the Senate as a U.S. District Court judge in Oregon.

Among the famous cases Judge King presided over were Capital Consultants in 2000, involving massive losses that eventually forced a takeover by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; a 2002 lawsuit alleging that retail giant Walmart had failed to properly compensate Oregon employees forced to work overtime; and the 2008 lawsuit filed by Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation of Oregon against the U.S. Treasury Department for freezing its assets after listing the charity as a “specially designated global terrorist organization” in 2004. He also served as a senior judge for the trial of Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a Somali-American student arrested by the FBI in a 2010 sting, after he tried to set off what he thought was a bomb at a tree-lighting ceremony at Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Judge King received the law school’s Distinguished Graduate Award in 1998.

About Thomas Tongue

Thomas Tongue, a well-respected attorney and Oregon Supreme Court Justice had a remarkable impact on Lewis & Clark Law School’s development for over forty-five years. Judge Tongue taught evidence at the Law School from 1946-1967. He also served on the Board of Trustees and was on the Law School’s standing committee. Judge Tongue played a critical leadership role during the merger with Lewis & Clark College and served the law school for many years after the merger.

Judge Tongue received the law school’s Distinguished Graduate Award and Honorary Alumni Award in 1983.