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35 Graduates Selected for Cornelius Honor Society

Every year, faculty and staff nominate graduating students to join the Cornelius Honor Society, recognizing their excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service to the law school community.

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Three Students Selected for 2024 Jeff Jones “Nicely Done” Award

The Jeff Jones “Nicely Done” Award, honoring the late Professor Jeffrey D. Jones, is given annually by the Student Bar Association (SBA) to students who embody accountability, empathy, and community. This year, the SBA has selected Rianka Macwan ’24, Sun Kim ’24, and Paige Punzalan ’25 as the 2024 recipients.

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   Rianka Macwan, JD '24

Finding a Surprising Calling in Tax Law

Originally drawn to law school to seek justice for animals in captivity, Rianka Macwan, JD ’24, maximized her law student experience by fully exploring and participating in all of her interests. Through this personal and professional work, she decided to launch her career as the LITC’s ABA Tax Fellow.

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2024 Lezak Social Justice Fellows Named

The Lezak Social Justice Fellowship awards summer stipends to law students, motivating them to contribute to the Oregon community while offering mentorship and support. In 2024, four outstanding students—Elaine Morado ’26, Tanner Condit ’25, Stephanie Scheno ’25, and Zoe Fielden ’26—have been chosen as fellows. 

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26th Annual Harpole Awards & Ceremony

Jessica Bridges ’25 and Diana Bettles ’13 are the recipients of this year’s Harpole Scholarship and Harpole Attorney Award and Harpole, respectively.

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Román Hernández

Celebrated Attorney, Distinguished Alumnus is 2024 Commencement Speaker

Román Hernández ’00 will deliver the 2024 Lewis & Clark Law School commencement address, sharing his experience as a first generation student of migrant farm workers, serving in the military, building a distinguished legal career, and becoming a celebrated leader in the community.

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From Left to Right: Luke Lartigue '26, Bahar Tarighi '26, Amy Sohlberg '24, Jake Serafini '24 Christa Doerbeck '24, and Mikki Ness '26.

Lewis & Clark Law Moot Court Team Achieves Quarterfinals at National Competition

Lewis & Clark Law School’s moot court team advanced to the national quarterfinals—the first in over a decade— and was honored with “Most Professional Team” award.

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Animal Agriculture’s Role in Climate Change at the Environmental Law Symposium

Lewis & Clark Law School’s 9th annual Environmental Law Spring Symposium, “Animal Agriculture and Climate Change — The Really Big Cow In The Room,” convened experts to discuss the urgent need to address the adverse impacts of industrial animal agriculture on climate change. Nicholas Kristof, of NY Times, gave the keynote address.

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Mock Trial and Moot Court Present Unparalleled Opportunities for Students

Students share their experiences with mock trial and moot court at Lewis & Clark, highlighting the unique opportunity students have to gain litigation skills and experience while studying for their degrees.

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Prof. Benjamin Advocates to Establish State Obligations re: Climate Change

Professor Lisa Benjamin co-authored briefs to the International Court of Justice and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea to establish state obligations around climate change as part of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Clinic students supported the effort.

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Over 90% of 2023 Graduates Employed

Out of 178 Class of 2023 graduates, over 90% were employed within 10 months of graduation, and close to 85% were employed in jobs that require or prefer a JD degree.

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Alicia Ouellette

Alicia Ouellette Chosen as New Dean of Lewis & Clark Law School

Ouellette, with experience as both a law dean and professor, will begin her tenure in January 2025. Associate dean of faculty John Parry will serve as Interim Dean, as Jennifer Johnson steps down this summer from leading Lewis & Clark Law as dean for the past ten years. 

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Ying Chen PhD '95, Distinguished Graduate standing with Jie Lian PhD '20 and Dean Jennifer Johnson

Lewis & Clark Honors Ying Chen, Edward J. Sullivan, Mikalah Singer, and Natalie Hollabaugh as Distinguished Honorees

On March 9, alums Ying Chen, Mikalah Singer, and Natalie Hollabaugh and Professor Edward J. Sullivan were recognized as distinguished honorees for their contributions to the law school and their communities.

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David Howitt ’94 Distinguished Business Law Graduate 2024

David Howitt ’94 is this year’s Distinguished Business Law Graduate, exemplifying the spirit of entrepreneurial leadership through his cultivation of brands such as Oregon Chai, Stumptown Coffee, and Dave’s Killer Bread.

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Professor Sarah Lora Co-Authors Textbook Chapter on Clinical Tax Education

Sarah Lora, Clinical Professor in the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, co-authored a book chapter on Tax Advocacy, published in the International Handbook on Clinical Tax Education.