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Oregon Law Students Public Interest Fund

OLSPIF History

In the early 1990s, a group of law students joined a growing movement nationwide to raise funds so that their peers could accept public service summer employment that otherwise would be unpaid. At Oregon Law, the first Oregon Law Students Public Interest Fund Annual Auction began in 1994 sparking a long and successful tradition of spirited fundraising. With strong student, faculty, and community support, the OLSPIF Annual Auction enjoys a rich history of success with Oregon Law students dedicating thousands of hours working in service positions. In 1996, Professor Tom Lininger began his incomparable service as OLSPIF Emcee and Auctioneer, elevating the auction's success to new heights.

In 2010, OLSPIF made a strategic decisions to take its fundraising to the next level by moving the auction off campus, to the Eugene Country Club to encourage greater participation by the local bar and alumni. This decision has resulted in two record-breaking fundraising years and has seen a resurgence in attorney participation in the OLSPIF auction. In 2011, OLSPIF issued a record 15 stipends, and in 2012, a record 16 stipends. We anticipate continued expansion of the auction and attorney participation!

See where past stipend recipients have worked

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2013

Annie Borton
The Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Linda Bruce
United States Department of Commerce: NOAA
Juneau, AK

Heather Case
Coos County District Attorney
Coos Bay, OR

Ashley Davison
Eastside Legal Assistance Program
Bellevue, WA

Killian Doherty
Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide
Eugene, OR

Matthew Gurnick
Santa Clara County Superior Court
San Jose, CA

Lauren Ice
Save Our Springs Alliance
Austin, TX

Austin Lucia
Office of Federal Public Defender in the District of Nevada
Reno, NV

Hailey McAllister
Immigration Center for Women and Children of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Kelsey Provo
Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project
Florence, AZ

Adam Pritchard
Utah Court of Appeals
Salt Lake City, UT

Allison Rackley
District Attorney's Office for North Carolina Prosecutorial District 15B
Chapel Hill, NC

Anastasya Raichart
Lane Coalition for Healthy Active Youth
Eugene, OR

John Roberson
Office of Public Advocacy, Anchorage Conflict Counsel Section
Anchorage, AK

2012

Robert Davis
Lane County Legal Aid and Advocacy Center
Eugene, OR

Lauren Eldridge
American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon
Eugene, OR

Basil El-Ghazzawy
Civil Liberties Defense Center
Eugene, OR

Laura Fishman
Center for Families, Children & the Courts
San Francisco, CA

Lindsay Gaesser
Center for Biological Diversity
San Francisco, CA

Allison Knight
Capital Habeas Unit, Federal Defender
Sacramento, CA

Martie McQuain
Lane County Legal Aid and Advocacy Center
Eugene, OR

Ariel Nelson
Multnomah Defenders Inc.
Portland, OR

Colleen O’Malley
Children’s Law Center of California
Los Angeles, CA

Emma Pelkey
California Department of Justice, Employment and Administrative Mandate
Oakland, CA

Amanda Schuft
Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services
Portland, OR

Adam Walters
Trustees for Alaska
Anchorage, AK

Shira Zucker
San Francisco Public Defender, Juvenile Unit
San Francisco, CA

2011

Aila Hoss
Lane Coalition for Healthy Active Youth
Eugene, OR

Emily Sitton
Farmworker Program
Oregon Law Center
Portland, OR

Joseph Matuk
Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District
San Diego, CA

Elizabeth Brown
Our Children's Trust
Eugene, OR

Allison Folks
Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services
Portland, OR

Jonathan Patterson
Legal Aid Services of Oregon
Portland, OR

Devin Visciano
U.S. Department of Justice
Juneau, AK

Brittany Mahugh
Attorney General of Washington
Olympia, WA

Vannia Glasinovic-Hindery
Centro Latino Americano
Eugene, OR

Kasia Mlynski
Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services
Portland, OR

Rachael Lipinski
Josephine County Circuit Court
Grants Pass, OR

Diva Lucille Jones
The Alliance for Children's Rights
Los Angeles, CA

Galen Carrico
Washoe County Public Defender
Reno, NV

Sarah Hays
National Crime Victim Law Institute
Portland, OR

Chelsea Ray
Municipality of Anchorage
Anchorage, AK

2010

Allison Folks
Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services (CCILS)

Shelley Aschenbrenner
Lane County Legal Aid and Advocacy Center

Holly Hayman
Oregon "AFSCME" American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

Bridget Budbill
Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights (Washington, D.C.)

Brent Wilkins
Western Environmental Law Center

Lauren Marie Fleming
National Center for Lesbian Rights (San Francisco)

Cassandra Champion
Civil Liberties Defense Center

2009

Kathryn Peters
Lane County Law and Advocacy Center
 
Kerry Lewiecki
Disability Law Center
 
Lindsay Day
Lane County Law and Advocacy Center
 
Jeremy Pyle
Oregon Department of Justice, Environmental Enforcement

 

Daniel Wayne
Supportive Parents Information Network

 

 

Emily Marrer
Juvenile Rights Project
 
Naomi Rowden
Crag Law Center

 

Amanda Husted
San Francisco Office of the Public Defender, Juvenile Division

 

Dave Kim
San Bernadino County District Attorney's Office

 

Alexandra Kamel
U.S. Department of Justice Natural Resources Division (Sacramento)

 

Holly Jacobsen
California District Attorney's Association, Environmental Prosecutions

 

Rebecca Bateman
Cook County State Attorney's Office, Felony Trail Division

2008

Sandy Weintraub
Alaksa Legal Services

Christina Stephenson Center for Constitutional Rights, New York City

Maureen McGee Crag Law Center, Portland

Channa France Federal Public Defender, Medford

Sandy Kozlowski Juvenile Rights Project, Portland

Danielle Smith Lane County Legal Aid, Eugene

Joe Lear Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees, Portland

David Sherbo-Huggins
TeamChild, Seattle

Alison Torbitt
U.S. Department of Justice, Natural Resources Division, Sacramento

2007

Christina Davis
Friends of the San Juan, Friday Harbor, Wash.

Amber Munger
Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, Joseph, Ore.

Kevin Stout
Lane County Legal Aid, Eugene

Betsy Bridge
National Wildlife Federation, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Lauren Trent
Northwest Women's Law Center, Seattle

Jeff Richards
Oregon Clean Water Action Project, Eugene

Yaju Dharmarajah
Oregon Public Defender's Office, Corvallis

Kaci Callahan
Washington Protection and Advocacy System, Seattle

Stefanie Herrington Western Environmental Law Center, Eugene

John-Michael Partesotti
Window Rock DNA Legal Services, Window Rock, Ariz.

Jordan Bates
Youth Law Center, San Francisco

2006

Kate Symes
Alaska Public Defender Agency, Anchorage

Jolene Goodnight
Cascade Resources Advocacy Group, Portland

Greg Reinert
Goal One Coalition, Eugene

Katherine Krauel
Harney County District Attorney's Office, Burns, Ore.

Pete Henkle
Lane County Law and Advocacy Center, Eugene

Amber Moser
Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, Portland

Anne Abbott
Northwest Justice Project, Olympia, Wash.

Lucy Caudill
Northwest Justice Project, Vancouver, Wash.

Alyssa Johl
U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Washington, D.C.

2005

Matthew Ellis
Alaska Public Defender Agency, Anchorage

Suzanne Piluso
Cascade Resources Advocacy Group, Portland

Becki Kammerling
Cascadia Wildlands Project, Eugene

Ela Orenstein
Georgia Center for Law in the Public Interest, Atlanta

Sarah Peters
Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center, Portland

Patricia Bradwell
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Immigration Legal Assistance Project

Ryan Casey
Rodnik Legal Center, Moscow, Russia

Mary Morgan West
Seattle Community Law Center

Brianna Tindall
Sierra Club, San Francisco

Danielle Lordi
Washington County District Attorney's Office, Hillsboro, Ore.

Andrew Orahoske Western Environmental Law Center, Eugene

2004

Dan Kruse
Cascadia Wildlands Project, Eugene

Jonathan Evans
Center for Biological Diversity, Oakland, Calif.

David Skillman
Community Justice Project, Pittsburgh

Erin Ganahl
Environmental Advocates, San Francisco

Zack Mazer
Environmental Defense Center, Santa Barbara

Emmett Soper
Human Rights First, Washington, D.C.

David Eisenberg and Lacy Westfall
Lane County Law and Advocacy Center, Eugene

Kate Drewry
The Nature Conservancy, Portland

Cheri Brooks
Public Defender Service, Washington, D.C.

Daniel Galpern
Western Environmental Law Center, Eugene

Jesse Elison
U.S. Attorney's Office, Boise

2003

John Lohuis and Kyoko Wyse
Alaksa Legal Services, Anchorage

Naomi Melver and James Wolverton
Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment, San Francisco

Tina Ching
Domestic Violence Clinic, Eugene

Michael Harris
Multnomah Defenders Inc., Portland

Julie Meyer
Oregon Law Center Farmworker Office, Woodburn, Ore.

Alison Petri
Oregon Law Center, Portland

Katie Chamberlain
Public Defender, San Francisco

Josh Knight
Southern Oregon Public Defender, Medford

2002

Annie Mortland
Oregon Law Center, Portland

Shannon Green
Washington State Association of Counties, Olympia

Kenny Kennedy
Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions, Washington, D.C.

Shannon Sivell
Lane County Law and Advocacy Center, Eugene

Rachel Warner
Environmental Law Service, Czechoslovakia

Jeremy Arey
Souther Utah Wilderness Alliance, Salt Lake City

Alice Baker
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Boston

2001

Jeff Kuyper
Land and Water Fund of the Rockies, Boise

Kassandra Brown
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Washington, D.C.

David Pebworth and Jason Ramey
Lane County Law and Advocacy Center, Eugene

2000

Kori LaPoint
Refugee and Immigration Services, Roanoke, Virginia

Racheal Egan
Metropolitan Public Defender's Office, Portland

Kristin Olson
Northwest Federation of Community Organizations, Seattle

Robert Karmin
Bahr & Stotter, Eugene

Aimee Lobo-Berg
Oregon Law Center, Portland

Robert Matthews
ELAW, Eugene

1999

Judy Yablonski
Oregon Legal Aid Services, Albany

Brett Paben
Southwest Center for Biological Diversity, Tucson

Elisa Swanson
California Rural Legal Assistance, San Francisco

Megan Haynes Oregon Legal Services Corporation, Hillsboro

Sara Collins
Legal Aid Services of Oregon, Portland

Lisa Ellis
Children's Defense Fund, Washington, D.C.

Jeannie Salyer
Public Defender's Office, Seattle

1998

Michelle Haley
Lake Superior Binational Forum, Marquette, Mich.

Janine Rynczak
Health Law Advocates, Boston

Joe Serres
Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center, Williams, Ore.

Kimberly Bulkley
International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, Kazakhstan

Rebecca Ledwith
Redress, London

Kelly Matheson
Trustees for Alaska, Anchorage

Brent Newell
California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation's Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment, San Francisco