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October 31, 2008

Jaqua Distinguished Alumnus Award to Honor Vernon Gleaves ’51

The second annual John E. Jaqua Distinguished Alumnus Award reception and dinner will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 7, in the University of Oregon’s Erb Memorial Union Ballroom.
This year’s award honors class of 1951 alumnus Vernon Gleaves for his lifetime dedication to the University of Oregon School of Law and the legal community. Gleaves, who has lived in Oregon since 1937, is a name partner at Gleaves, Swearingen, Potter & Scott LLP. He is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Association; was a member of the Lane County Bar Association from 1954-2004, serving as president in 1961; and has dedicated more than 53 years of service to the Oregon State Bar.
Among his countless noteworthy accomplishments, Gleaves served as a member of a small group of attorneys who instituted the first Lane County Volunteer Legal Services Program; assisted in the formation of the Eugene Hearing and Speech Center as a nonprofit corporation; served as a member of the initial board of directors when Goodwill Industries of Lane County became a stand alone nonprofit corporation; was a founding director of the Oregon Law Foundation; and a member of the committee that established the Oregon Law Foundation Endowment Fund.
Gleaves has received numerous awards for service to the state throughout his career, including the Oregon State Bar Award of Merit in 2001 (the bar’s highest honor). Also in 2001, he received the Glenn R. Winters Award from the American Judges Association, which is presented to a layperson who has made a substantial contribution toward improving the image of the judiciary. In addition, Gleaves continued to be named to the annual Best Lawyers in America referral guide throughout his career since the 1983 inaugural issue. 
The Jaqua Distinguished Alumnus Award is presented by the Law School Alumni Association (“LSAA”) and is given to individuals who exemplify the highest quality and ethical standards of the school. The award recognizes personal and professional achievements and loyalty to Oregon Law. The LSAA named the Distinguished Alumnus Award after its first recipient, John E. Jaqua, in 2007. Nominations are solicited by the LSAA and a committee of the association selects the annual recipient.
For more information about the event, visit the Oregon Law Alumni Web site.


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