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 Lexie Zirschky or Chair of the Lezak Steering Committee David Fauria ’16. 

2022 Lezak Fellows

Our 2022 Lezak Social Justice Fellows will work to advance social justice across a wide range of specialties.

Talia Brumfield ’23, at the Oregon Department of Justice, Child Advocacy Section
Jessica Olave ’23, at the Public Justice Food Project
Matt Constantino ’23, at the LGBTQ+ Law and Policy Initiative at The Legal Aid Society
Jacqueline Dewart ’23, at the Washington State Office of the Attorney General - Antitrust Division
Adonis Matlock ’24, at Orleans Public Defenders

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

Jesse Hoffman, working at Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office
Michelle Ganow-Jones, working at Metropolitan Public Defender 
Monet Gonnerman, working at Federal Public Defender
Maggie Powers, working at Disability Rights Oregon
Trisha Sharma, working at Center for Food Safety

 

2019 Lezak Fellows

Aly Sneider, working at Multnomah County Counsel’s Office
Jawan Mullen, working Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office
Audrie Leonard, working at Earthrise Law Center
Natalie Hollabaugh, working at Youth, Rights and Justice
Tiffany Escover, working at Metropolitan Public Defender
Ruth Campbell, working at ACLU of Oregon

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):

Joe Callahan*

David Fauria*

Jared Hager

Kelsey Herman*

Sam Imperati

Hon. Rives Kistler

Hon. Jerry LaBarre

Kris Olson

Elli Tillotson*

Jordan Schoonover*

Hon. Merri Souther Wyatt

Les Swanson

Charles Tauman

Nancy Tauman

 

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 

Joseph Callahan*

Kelsey Hermann*

Natalie Hollabaugh*

Kris Olson

Jordan Schoonover*

Charles Tauman

Nancy Tauman

Lexie Zirschky