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June 17, 2014

Professor Susan Gary receives Wayne Westling Award for University Leadership and Service

University of Oregon School of Law Professor Susan Gary is the recipient of the University of Oregon 2014 Wayne Westling Award for University Leadership and Service. The University of Oregon Senate bestows the annual award. 

The Westling Award is given to a faculty or staff member for his or her outstanding and long-term leadership and service to the university. The Committee on Committees is responsible for establishing the selection criteria, soliciting nominations, screening candidates, and recommending the recipient to the senate for its approval.

This is an especially meaningful honor for Professor Gary as Wayne Westling, a dear colleague and friend, was a member of the Oregon Law faculty from 1979 to 2001. Gary has been a part of the School of Law faculty for more than 20 years and is most proud of the work she did when serving as co-chair of the Executive Diversity Working Group, the group responsible for developing the five-year diversity plan the University of Oregon adopted in 2006.

“As my faculty neighbor, Wayne was the embodiment of university service and community service, and it is so fitting that we have this award in his memory. I am honored beyond words to be this year’s recipient,” says Gary.

Professor Gary is an Orlando J. and Marian H. Hollis Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law, with teaching and research interests that include nonprofit organizations, trusts and estates, and estate planning. She was involved in the establishment of the law school's Probate Mediation Clinic and its Nonprofit Clinic, and serves as faculty supervisor of the Nonprofit Clinic.

Before entering academia, Gary practiced law with DeBandt, van Hecke & Lagae in Brussels. She received her bachelor's degree from Yale University and her law degree from Columbia University.

Gary is an academic fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. She served as the reporter for the Model Protection of Charitable Assets Act and the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act, both projects of the Uniform Law Commission. She has served as an advisory board member for the NYU National Center on Philanthropy and the Law, and holds or has held leadership positions in the Association of American Law Schools; the Real Property, Trust and Estate Section of the American Bar Association; and the Oregon State Bar. Gary also is a member of the UO Board of Trustees.

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