June 11, 2014
Three to receive inaugural Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
Recognizing recent UO Law grads for professional excellence
Oregon lawyers Jeff Eager, Alexander Frix and Adele Ridenour are the inaugural recipients of the University of Oregon School of Law's newest award recognizing graduates early in their careers. The Oregon Law Outstanding Young Alumnus Award was created to recognize graduates who have made significant career, leadership and/or service contributions to his or her community, the School of Law or the legal profession within the first 10 years following graduation.
Eager, a 2004 graduate of Oregon Law, worked in Washington, D.C. prior to law school as a legislative assistant for Congressman Bob Smith and press secretary and legislative assistant to Congressman Greg Walden. During his three years at Oregon Law he served in student government and was elected president of the Student Bar Association. After graduation, Eager served as the campaign manager for Walden for Congress and started his legal career at Karnopp Petersen, LLP in Bend, Oregon. In 2007, he began practicing business law and litigation at Balyeat & Eager, LLP, where he continues to practice today. Eager was elected to the Bend City Council in 2009, and was appointed mayor in 2011. Eager recently founded an Internet based local government affairs startup, Insite LocalGovAffairs.com.
Frix became a public defender in 2006. He currently maintains a full felony caseload at the Thurston County Office of Assigned Counsel in Olympia, Wash., where he has worked since 2007. Prior to working for Thurston County, he worked in Tacoma at the Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel as a public defender and in the Lane County District Attorney’s Office as an intern during law school. Frix has served as the defense counsel for Thurston County Veterans Court since the court's creation in June 2009, the first Veterans Court in the Pacific Northwest and among only 12 in the nation. In 2012, the Washington Defender Association awarded Frix with a Certificate of Recognition for Innovations in Courts. One year later, he was presented the Outstanding Service to Veterans, Male Non-Veteran Award by the Governor’s Veterans and Affairs Advisory Committee and Washington Department of Veterans Affairs. Most recently, Frix received the 2014 Washington State Bar Association’s Local Hero Award.
Following graduation from Oregon Law in 2004, Ridenour worked as a judicial clerk to former Chief Justice Gerald Schroeder of the Idaho Supreme Court. In 2005, she moved back to Oregon to begin a career in civil litigation. In 2010, Ridenour joined Ball Janik LLP. Her practice focuses on representing property owners, including several affordable housing organizations, in construction defect litigation and related disputes. Ridenour is a member of Oregon Women Lawyers, as well as an executive board member of the University of Oregon Law School Alumni Association. She is also a former adjunct instructor for the law school.
The Oregon Law Outstanding Young Alumnus Awards will be bestowed at the Alumni and Reunion Dinner on Friday, Sept. 12, at the Ford Alumni Center located at 1720 East 13th St. in Eugene.