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February 24, 2011

Civil Rights leader Kate Kendell to receive Oregon Law’s ‘Champion of Public Service’ award

Oregon Law to honor executive director for National Center for Lesbian Rights

The University of Oregon School of Law’s Public Interest Public Service Program (PIPS) is proud to announce its Third Annual Dom Vetri “Champion of Public Service” Award recipient, Kate Kendell. Kendell will be honored at a ceremony at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, in room 175 of the Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate St., Eugene.

Kendell is the executive director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). Under the direction of Kendell, who took the helm in 1996, NCLR tackles important legal work that is committed to protecting and advancing the civil and human rights of LGBT people and their families across the nation. Kendell also previously served as the first staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah, and while there directly litigated many high profile cases focusing on all aspects of civil liberties and human rights.

Each year PIPS uses the Dom Vetri Award to honor an attorney or scholar who has demonstrated a significant commitment to advancing legal issues in public interest and public service work. The award is named after Dom Vetri, a professor emeritus at the University of Oregon School of Law, who founded the PIPS Program and has taught law for more than four decades. When Professor Vetri retired in 2008, PIPS established this award in his honor.

PIPS is a law student organization dedicated to expanding the legal community’s understanding and value of public interest and public service work. More information about the Public Interest Public Service Program and this event can be found at law.uoregon.edu/org/pips.

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