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May 6, 2013

Outstanding Students in Law and Entrepreneurship Announced

Every year since 2001, one student in each Oregon Law graduating class has been selected as the Outstanding Student in Law and Entrepreneurship. This year, the tradition continues but with a twist; two students from the 2013 graduating class – each with an outstanding academic record and with the strong support of both faculty members and other students – have been awarded the honor of Outstanding Student in Law and Entrepreneurship.

The first awardee, Kala Bernhardt, was described by a classmate as “the epitome of an entrepreneur:"

“[Kala’s] passion and intelligence have gotten her through law school, earned her a job at KPMG, and (last, but most definitely not least) made her a fantastic mother. In whatever she does, she makes the Law and Entrepreneurship department proud and will continue to do so for the remainder of her professional life.”

Kala came to Oregon Law because she wanted to be part of a community and wanted to pursue her passion for building a more sustainable type of business law. While in school, she worked closely on two events for the Law and Entrepreneurship Student Association (LESA), the Law of Beer and the Law of Wine, and since then has made steps to start her own wine-based company.

The second award winner, William “Brent” Hamilton, was described by a classmate as an “incredibly hard worker who demonstrates an admirable sincerity and intellectual curiosity.”

Brent acquired his MBA prior to law school; since beginning law school, he has pursued coursework at the UO, participated in LESA and the Small Business Clinic, and worked in the Technology Entrepreneurship Program and in contract litigation at the Oregon Department of Justice, all with the singular goal of advising small businesses.

Each Outstanding Student in Law and Entrepreneurship will receive a cash award of $100. Congratulations to each winner!

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