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May 13, 2009

Jordan Bates Receives 2009 Annual Pro Bono Service Award

Students recognized for extraordinary service

Third-year law student Jordan Bates is the 2009 Recipient of the Nicole Richardson Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award. Bates was honored at Oregon Law’s Pro Bono Executive Board recognition ceremony on April 21.

Jordan Bates received the 2009 Nicole Richardson Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award.
 Jordan Bates received the 2009 Nicole Richardson
  Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award.

Bates, who was nominated by Professor Leslie Harris, has devoted much of her energy throughout law school to the Juvenile Streetlaw program. In her capacity as co-director, she has helped expand the program by developing a curriculum, setting up tours of the youth detention facility for law students, and preparing an assembly presentation for a local high school. Bates’ commitment to serving the underserved began well before law school when she worked at a juvenile detention camp and spent many hours with the immigrant populations of southern California. This is the work that led her to Oregon Law.

The award honors the memory of 2004 Oregon Law alumna Nicole Richardson, who passed away in 2006. Richardson was a passionate law student with extraordinary dedication to underserved populations, especially indigent criminal defendants. After graduation, she took a job as a public defender for the Colorado Defender Office in Denver, where she was known as an uncompromising crusader for justice ’“ a trait she displayed throughout law school. Recipients of the Nicole Richardson Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award receive a cash prize in the amount of $1,000.

Ten candidates were nominated for this year’s award, all of whom were recognized for their selfless devotion of time and energy to the underserved and underrepresented. This year’s candidates included: Beau Kellogg, Beth Wooten, Lauren Blaesing, John-Michael Partesotti, Jordan Bates, Maureen McGee, Natalie Duke, Samantha Evans, Sara Filcher, Sarah Lundstedt, and Tom Borton.

The ceremony also recognized two students who have dedicated extraordinary hours to pro bono service. Third-year student Bryce Ellsworth dedicated 450 hours to service and second-year student Beau Kellogg dedicated 512 hours.

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