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January 27, 2010

Oregon Law Announces 2010 Loan Repayment Assistance Program Recipients

Oregon Law’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) will honor nine individuals this year with $4,000 to $5,000 stipends to support their public interest work. LRAP was designed to help Oregon Law graduates entering public service pay their law school loans. The goal is to provide graduates with the financial assistance necessary for them to enter and continue in the public service field.

LRAP was founded by a group of students, faculty, and alumni who were energized by the issue of helping graduates working in public service with their law school debts. Before her death in 2004, Jackie Romm ’81, along with her family, donated her retirement fund to the program, setting up a nearly $200,000 endowment that continues to grow each year with help from the Dean’s Fund and individual donors.

The 2010 LRAP recipients are:

Betsy Bridge ’08 — Romm Fund
Ms. Bridge is an energy efficiency associate with the Idaho Conservation League. Her work entails increasing energy efficiency and conservation measures; encouraging the development of renewable energy; and promoting policies that support these goals. Ms. Bridge also participates in resource planning with investor owned utilities.

Edward S. Bushnell ’09 — LRAP Fund
Mr. Bushnell is a judicial law clerk for the State of Alaska’s Hon. David V. George. He conducts research, writes drafts and memos of orders, manages case files, and may preside over traffic court, marriages, and other court proceedings.

Michael Thomas Davis ’08 — Ferrette Fund
Mr. Davis is a Judge Advocate for the Oregon Army National Guard. In this position, Mr. Davis will be trained in all areas of law affecting military operations. His primary duty is to provide timely and accurate legal advice to commanders and soldiers. His additional duties include prosecuting criminal cases, providing legal assistance to soldiers and families, providing legal review of proposed Army actions, representing soldiers at court martial, and advising command on all levels on legal issues as they arise.

Natalie Duke ’09 — LRAP Fund
Ms. Duke is a judicial clerk for Lane County Circuit Court Assistant Judge Douglas S. Mitchell. She assists Judge Mitchell during court proceedings, conducts legal research and drafts memoranda, assists members of the public, facilitates contact with attorneys, and manages and coordinates juries.

Charles M. “Chas” Horner ’08 — Romm Fund
Mr. Horner is a staff attorney with Lane County Legal Aid and Advocacy Center. As staff attorney, Mr. Horner represents low-income persons in appeals of adverse decisions as they relate to government benefits. He assists clients with housing issues such as evictions, voucher disqualifications, and public housing. He also engages in policy advocacy.

Robert Kaiser ’08 — LRAP Fund
Mr. Kaiser is an attorney with Public Defender Services of Lane County, Inc. He represents indigent clients charged with crimes, providing representation from arraignment through trial and/or sentencing.

Amber Munger ’08 — Freeman Fund
Ms. Munger is the former assistant coordinator for AMURT-Haiti and now serves as project developer for Rights Based Haiti, a program dedicated to empowering communities and families in Haiti through the process of community development using the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Sarah A. Peters ’06 — Romm Fund
Ms. Peters is the Legal and Agency Liaison for Wildlands, CPR. She serves as liaison on all legal related matters for the organization; prepares legal memos and drafts court briefs for filings by other attorneys; responds to information requests from organizations on public lands management issues and potential legal concerns; and administers an agency outreach program.

Suresh Sampath ’08 — Romm Fund
Mr. Sampath is a staff attorney with Columbia Legal Services where he engages in legal research and writing, client representation, farm worker outreach, and employment law.

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