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September 27, 2010

Jennifer Nicholls Named Shepherd Legal Scholar; Oregon Law to Receive $5,500

Third-year student Jennifer Nicholls recently was a 2010-11 Shepherd Legal Scholar. As a result, Oregon Law will receive $5,500 from the Equity Foundation’s Bill and Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship Fund on behalf of its honored recipient.

The scholarship is named after the late Bill and Ann Shepherd who in the mid-1970s co-founded what would become the Portland chapter of the International Federation of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). Mr. Shepherd practiced law in Oregon for more than 56 years, donating countless hours of pro bono work to the gay, bisexual, lesbian, and transgender civil rights movement.

Shepherd Legal Scholars are required to demonstrate a healthy balance of academic success and activist commitment to the GBLT civil rights movement. They are law student activists heading into their final year of law school, dedicated to donating some aspect of their legal expertise to fighting bigotry and discrimination, with an emphasis on the rights of sexual minorities.

Related Link:

Equity Foundation: New Shepherd Scholars Chosen; $100,000 Level Passed (following this link takes you outside the University of Oregon website)

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