The Larry Kressel Memorial Scholarship was established by Larry’s wife, Eileen “Ikie” Nolan Kressel, and their children, Noah and Jenny, to recognize an outstanding Lewis & Clark law student in the area of land use.
Lewis & Clark Law School offers two land use courses, Land Use Planning and Land Use Seminar. Land use classes are core to the curriculum in environmental law. The Larry Kressel Memorial Scholarship recipient is selected by a professor who teaches one of these classes.
About Larry Kressel
Laurence Kressel was born September 25, 1945 in New York City. He received a bachelor’s degree from Harper College (now the State University of New York at Binghamton) and a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Michigan. Following his work as a community organizer on the lower eastside of Manhattan, Larry and Ikie moved to Portland where Larry taught at Portland State’s Graduate School of Social Work. With an ongoing interest in social work and law, Larry entered Lewis & Clark Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review and graduated in 1975.
Following graduation, Larry worked as Chief Assistant County Counsel in the Multnomah County Counsel’s office. In 1983, he was appointed by Governor Vic Atiyeh to the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA). In 1987, Larry returned to the County Counsel’s Office as the County Counsel, a position he held until his death in December 1996.
Larry supported the law school in many ways. In addition to teaching land use as an adjunct professor, Larry participated in the law school’s Mentor Program and made a point of hiring Lewis & Clark law students and alumni. He is remembered with high regard as a dedicated lawyer, teacher, father, husband, and friend. Larry’s contributions to land use in Oregon, along with his keen sense of humor, continue to have a ripple effect.