Frohnmayer Award for Public Service
The Frohnmayer Award, given annually in Portland since 2002 by the Law School Alumni Association, was named in honor of the family of University of Oregon President Emeritus and Law Professor Dave Frohnmayer. The award recognizes a graduate, faculty member, or friend of Oregon Law whose public service brings honor to the school.
Nominations are solicited by the LSAA and a committee of the association selects the annual recipient.
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The 2013 Frohnmayer Award for Public Service will be given to Oregon Supreme Court Justice Martha Walters and longtime Legal Aid Attorney John VanLandingham.
The Honorable Martha Walters earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan with distinction, and her law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law, where she graduated Order of the Coif in 1977. Prior to joining the Oregon Supreme Court, Justice Walters was a lawyer in private practice. She initially worked for the firm of Johnson, Harrang & Mercer and continued to work for that firm, or various iterations of that firm, until she and Les Swanson formed the firm of Swanson & Walters in 1985. Justice Walters also co-founded the Eugene law firm, Walters, Romm & Chanti, PC in 1992, and practiced employment, civil rights and municipal law there until her appointment to the bench in 2006.
John VanLandingham is one of the longest serving lawyers for Lane County Legal Aid & Advocacy Center. He earned his undergraduate degree from the Virginia Military Institute and his J.D. from Oregon Law in 1977. Mr. VanLandingham is the recipient of the 2011 Lane County Bar Association Distinguished Service Award. He has chaired and served on the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission, the Eugene Planning Commission, and the Housing Policy Board for Lane County and the cities of Eugene and Springfield. He is active with the Oregon Housing Alliance, the Network for Oregon Affordable Housing, and the Fair Housing Council of Oregon, as well as Looking Glass (nonprofit serving at-risk youth) and many other nonprofits and public committees.
Multnomah County District Attorney Michael D. Schrunk was the 2012 recipient of the University of Oregon School of Law's Frohnmayer Award for Public Service.
Schrunk, a 1967 graduate of the law school, has served as the elected District Attorney in Multnomah County since 1981, heading the largest and most active district attorney's office in Oregon, with 120 full time staff and 76 full time attorneys, serving a population of more than 735,000. Read more about Michael Schrunk's illustrious career.
Portland renaissance man Duncan Campbell received the University of Oregon School of Law's Frohnmayer Award for Public Service during a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, at The Nines in Portland.
Campbell is a Portland native who graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1973. He is the founder and chairman emeritus of The Campbell Group, a timberland investment firm, presiding over the group from its inception through 2007. He is also an attorney at law and certified public accountant.
Ellen Rosenblum '75, and Richard Meeker '74 received the 2010 Frohnmayer Award for Public Service. Oregon Law honored Rosenblum and Meeker for their tireless efforts on behalf of the Portland community.
Rosenblum has served on the ABA House of Delegates, the Oregon Judicial Conference, the Campaign for Equal Justice Advisory Committee, the Law School Alumni Association board, and many other esteemed organizations.
Meeker publishes Willamette Week, which is known for its investigative journalism. WW also has raised and donated hundred of thousands of dollars for the benefit of Portland non-profits through its annual Give!Guide. Meeker serves on the Dean's Advisory Council and is the former president of the Law School Alumni Association.
Barbara Aldave, director of the law school's Center for Law & Entrepreneurship and Loran L. Stewart Professor of Business Law, was the recipient of the eighth Frohnmayer Award for Public Service. Throughout her career, Professor Aldave has shown great dedication to legal scholarship and justice. The first woman to join Oregon Law's faculty, Professor Aldave is an expert in business law, which she has taught for nearly 40 year at Oregon and several other top law schools. In addition to teaching, she also is one of America's pioneering law deans, serving from 1989 through 1998 as dean of St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. Professor Aldave is a nationally recognized expert on corporate governance and securities law.
Former chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court Edwin Peterson was the recipient of the seventh Frohnmayer Award for Public Service. Justice Peterson served on the Oregon Supreme Court for more than a decade, as an associate justice from 1979 to 1993, and as chief justice from 1983 to 1991. While serving as chief justice, he oversaw a major reorganization of the state's judiciary system. Prior to joining the Supreme Court, he practiced law with Tooze, Kerr, Peterson, Marshall & Shenker, a Portland firm specializing in civil tort, insurance, and business litigation from 1957 to 1979.
Former Oregon Supreme Court Justice Hans Linde, a pioneering figure in state constitutional law, was the recipient of the sixth Frohnmayer Award for Public Service. During his time at Oregon Law, Linde became the most distinguished author ever to serve on the school's faculty; and one of the top half dozen constitutional law figures in the entire country. Linde went on to become one of the most influential and most cited state judges in America in his thirteen years on the Oregon Supreme Court. He retired in 1990.
A stern and compassionate judge, Clifford Freeman was the recipient of the fifth Frohnmayer Award for Public Service. A circuit court judge since 1996, Freeman was in at the beginning of Portland's Community Courts and presided over them from 1998 until 2002. Freeman defended the poor and mentally ill; developed education policy for the state; advocated for minority-owned, women-owned, and small businesses; and advanced the welfare of Oregon youth. He was a member of numerous local, state, and national boards and commissions. Only a few months after receiving the award, Judge Freeman passed away at the age of 62, following a long bout with cancer.
Lawrence "Lare" Aschenbrenner, retired director of the Alaska office of the Native American Rights Fund, was the recipient of the fourth Frohnmayer Award for Public Service. Aschenbrenner earned both his bachelor's degree and law degree from the University of Oregon. He was a Jackson County district attorney and then public defender for the State of Oregon during the early 1960s. He served as chief counsel for the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Jackson, Mississippi, during the late 1960s. He became a partner in Oregon's first public interest firm: Marmaduke, Aschenbrenner, Merten & Saltveit, in Portland in 1971.
Alfred "Ted" Goodwin was honored as the recipient of the third Frohnmayer Award for Public Service. By the time Goodwin appeared in the January 1969 issue of National Geographic as the cowboy who became a judge, he had already served as associate justice of the Oregon Supreme court for nine years. The man pictured on horseback preparing to rope a calf was soon to be appointed U.S. District Judge for the District of Oregon by Richard Nixon. Following graduation from law school, Goodwin was appointed to the local circuit court in 1955. In 1960 Gov. Mark Hatfield appointed him to the Oregon Supreme Court, which was followed by Nixon's appointment in 1969. Goodwin joined the appellate court in 1971. From 1988 to 1991 he served as chief judge of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Public servant Hardy Myers was honored as the second recipient of the Frohnmayer Award for Public Service. At the dinner honoring Myers's work, former Dean Laird Kirkpatrick gave a triple toast stating, "Hardy's career in public service is so extensive that he could have won the award three times over — once for all the work he has done for the city of Portland on various boards and commissions, once for his distinguished service as a state legislator and speaker of the house, and a third time for his outstanding accomplishments as attorney general."
University of Oregon President Emeritus and Law Professor Dave Frohnmayer was the first recipient of the Frohnmayer Award for Public Service. Frohnmayer, a former state representative and Oregon attorney general, began his career at Oregon Law as a professor of constitutional and administrative law, and served as the school's fifteenth dean from 1992 to 1994. The law school faced a particularly troubled time during the early 1990s, and under Frohnmayer's leadership it gained public support, secured new resources, and rebuilt its reputation with the profession.