Meet Past Fellows, Mentors, and Leaders
The community of former fellows grows every year - and the vast majority remain in public interest after graduation.
The Lezak Community
The Lezak Social Justice Fellowship brings together a growing Lezak community of students, lawyers, former fellows, committed supporters of public interest, and mentors. Learn about our extended network of current and future leaders below. To join this community, contact Director of Public Interest Law Alice Emerson or Chair of the Lezak Steering Committee David Fauria ’16.
2023 Lezak Fellows
Mackenzie Carmen will be working with the Oregon Innocence Project. Mackenzie’s work will include reviewing claims of innocence, and assisting in litigation.
Elijah Cetas will be working for the Tulalip Tribes of Washington’s Office of the Reservation Attorney. Elijah will be working on a number of critical issues facing the reservation community and tribal members.
Kelli Garry will be working with the Metropolitan Public Defender. In this position, she will represent indigent clients as a certified law student while Oregon is in the midst of a public defender crisis.
Loren Naldoza will be working for the Honorable Jacqueline S. Kamins in the Oregon Court of Appeals. Loren will be working closely with the Court to draft opinions, orders, memoranda, and other work product.
2022 Lezak Fellows
Our 2022 Lezak Social Justice Fellows will work to advance social justice across a wide range of specialties.
Former Lezak Fellows
Since 2013, over 40 Lezak Fellowships have been awarded to students in every area of public interest law. Meet our former Lezak fellows below.
2021 Lezak Fellows
Adrienne Del Monte ’22, working at Metropolitan Public Defender
Dara Illowsky ’22, working at Crag Law Center
Eliza Silverman ’22, working at Metropolitan Public Defender
Marisa Fiat ’23, working at Oregon Health Justice Project
2020 Lezak Fellows
2019 Lezak FellowsAly Sneider, working at Multnomah County Counsel’s Office
2018 Lezak Fellows
Jonny Gersten, working at Legal Aid Services of Oregon
Alison Kavanagh, working at Metropolitan Public Defender
Cari Baermann, working at Federal Public Defender
Lindsay Jonasson, working at American Civil Liberties Union
Cristina Kladis, working at Legal Aid Low Income Taxpayer Clinic
2017 Lezak Fellows
Sarah Bieri, working at Women’s Justice Project
Katie Gargan, working at Chinook Indian Nation
Hugo Gonzalez-Venegas , working at Oregon Law Center
Rachel Erickson (Hummel), working at U.S. Attorney’s Office
Gemma Wilson, working at Oregon Law Center
2016 Lezak Fellows
Rachel Briggs, working at Crag Law Center
Mac Corthell, working at Oregon Innocence Project
Corinne Fletcher, working at American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Oregon
Dayna Jones, working at OPAL
Mark Tuai, working at Earthrise Law Center
2015 Lezak Fellows
David Fauria, working at US Attorney’s Office, District of Oregon
Rodrigo Juarez, working at Immigration Counseling Service
Stephen Peters, working at Oregon Law Center
Elli Tillotson (Reuland), working at Northwest Workers’ Justice Project
2014 Lezak Fellows
Joseph Callahan, working at Northwest Regional Education Service District- Migrant Education Program
Kelsey Herman, working at Center for Food Safety
Alisa Larson-Xu, working at Metropolitan Public Defender
Juliann Peebles, working at Catholic Charities - Immigration Legal Services
Nicole Pritchard, working at American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Oregon
2013 Lezak Fellows
Arianna DeStefano, working Youth, Rights and Justice
Drew Henning, working at Multnomah County District Attorney
Jessica Pezley, working at Oregon Department of Justice
Jordan Schoonover, working at District Court of Oregon
Kristin Tannler (Welsh), working at Northwest Workers’ Justice Project
Lezak Fellowship Mentors
Lezak Mentors volunteer their time to guide current Lezak fellows through the duration of their fellowship and beyond. This mentorship is critical for new lawyers, models the highest standards of professionalism for students, and assists students in forming lifelong connections in Oregon. We are grateful for the contributions of these mentors, without whom the Lezak Social Justice Fellowship would not exist.
Our current mentors include (former fellows designated with an asterisk):
Hon. Rives Kistler
Hon. Jerry LaBarre
Hon. Merri Souther Wyatt
Lezak Steering Commitee
The Lezak Steering Committee is a group of volunteers who lead the Lezak Fellowship, select each year’s fellows, organize Lezak events, and match fellows with mentors. The Lezak Steering Committee includes (former fellows designated with an asterisk):
David Fauria*, Committee Chair