March 14, 2005
They did it again! UO Law students win state pro bono awards for the fourth year in a row
Much of the credit is due to the class of 2005, who have contributed over 12,000 hours during the past two years, breaking all prior records for a single class.
Jane Steckbeck, the director of the law school’s pro bono program said, Pro bono work has a great impact right in our local community I think of David Eisenberg who is devoted to poverty law and who has been a steadfast intake volunteer Lane County Legal Aid. Or Jeremy Dickman who has expanded our Street Law program on constitutional rights to four local high schools. They and others like them are really making a difference.
Each year the New Lawyer’s section of the Oregon State Bar records and reviews pro bono work by individual attorneys, law firms, and law schools and recognizes the top volunteers. The UO has held the law school title since the Challenge began in 2001. Oregon Supreme Court Justice Thomas Balmer conferred the awards at a March 10 ceremony in Portland and Steckbeck accepted the student award on behalf of the law school.
Of the 90 law students who participated in pro bono work last year, the following contributed the most hours:
530 hours Misha Dunlap, third-year student from Eugene, for pro bono clients at the law firm of Lauren Regan.
520 hours –Tippi C. Pearse, second-year student from Portland for the Multnomah County District Attorney.
480 hours – Cheri Brooks, third-year student from Eugene for Public Defender Services of the District of Columbia.
400 hours – Molly Allen, second-year student from Carmel, California, for the Juvenile Rights Project in Portland.
300 hours – Kate Drewry, third-year student from Los Angeles, California, for the Nature Conservancy in Portland.