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April 24, 2012

Two Oregon Law students named Shepherd Scholars

Oregon Law to receive $4,000

The Equity Foundation recently announced the names of the recipients of the 2012-13 Bill & Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship Fund. Oregon Law students Jonathan Patterson and Sarah Spring were both named scholars, along with Melissa Douglas of Willamette University School of Law.

Oregon Law will receive $4,000 from the Equity Foundation’s Bill and Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship Fund on behalf of its honored recipients.

“We are delighted with our new scholars,” said Susie Shepherd, Bill & Ann’s activist gay daughter and chair of the scholarship committee. “The work our scholars are doing is changing the face of civil rights here in Oregon and across the nation.”

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). Bill 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.

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