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April 11, 2008

Pro Bono Board Recognizes Students’ Contributions and Service Ethic

Guy Richardson and Richardson Award winner Jennifer Meisberger

Oregon Law’s Pro Bono Board held a recognition ceremony on April 11 to honor those students who have made extraordinary pro bono efforts this year.  Lane County Circuit Court Judge Mustafa Kasubhai ’96 delivered the keynote address, introduced by Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Susan Gary. 

The Board honored Ned Arenberg as the third-year student who has contributed the most pro bono hours in his class this year.  Kevin Parks was similarly honored as the second-year student who has contributed the most pro bono hours this year.

Additionally, the Board conferred the Nicole Richardson Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award to Jennifer Meisberger.  Ms. Meisberger was nominated for her work with the Start Making a Reader Today program, for revitalizing the Child and Family Law Association, for her work with indigent criminal defendants through a private law firm’s public defender contract, for defending juvenile defendants with the Juvenile Rights Project, and for her work with the Public Defender Services of Lane County.  Ms. Meiberger was nominated by Professor Leslie Harris, who stated that, “Defense work is Jennifer’s passion, and I am confident that she will build a career representing indigent adults, juveniles, or both.  I knew Nicole Richardson fairly well and think that Jennifer shares Nicole’s commitment to justice and that Nicole would find a kindred spirit in her.”  Guy Richardson, father of the late Nicole Richardson, was in attendance at the event.

There were several other students nominated for the Richardson Award.  They include:  Jodi Neel (StreetLaw, Portia Project, Black Law Students Association); Aric Newlon (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, Public Defender Services of Lane County, Phi Alpha Delta, Washington Attorney General); Hillary Rennick (California Indian Legal Services, National Historic Preservation Advisory Council); Paul Tassin (Student Hurricane Network, Legal Aid, Small Claims Court); and Christina Stephenson (Western Environmental Law Center, civil rights work in India, OLSPIF, mentoring, Student Animal Legal Defense Fund).

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