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Professor John Bonine is 2011 Wayne Westling Award for University Leadership and Service Honoree

Oregon Law Professor John Bonine was honored with the 2011 Wayne Westling Award for University Leadership and Service during a ceremony on May 25. The University of Oregon Senate bestowed the award.

The Westling Award is given annually 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.

Bonine’s nomination letter noted, “Professor Bonine’s leadership and service to the University of Oregon community have long been marked by his passionate commitment to justice, fairness, openness, and participation.”

This is an especially meaningful honor for Professor Bonine as Westling was a member of the Oregon Law faculty from 1979 to 2001. Bonine joined the Oregon Law faculty in 1978 and has created or co-founded the world’s first environmental law clinic (now the Western Environmental Law Center), the Public Interst Environmental Law Conferences (PIELC), Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW), and the Oregon-Lviv University Partnership.

“I am humbled and honored, to say the least,” Bonine commented. “This is particularly so because I cannot imagine any award whose name means more to me than this one. Wayne was a consummate human being, taken from us at too early a point in his life and career.”

Professor Bonine is the Bernard B. Kliks Professor at Oregon Law. He is one of the pioneers of environmental law in the United States and a professor in Oregon’s LL.M. Program.


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