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Jason Tashea, 27, of Anchorage, Alaska, will earn his degree from the University of Oregon School of Law on May 19, 2012. He has gained a wealth of knowledge throughout the past three years, and has been inspired by his teachers and colleagues.

“I chose University of Oregon School of Law because the students in the classes seemed more engaged and the professors seemed more challenging than all of the other schools I had visited,” he said.

This choice of school was crucial to his future, and Oregon Law did not disappoint. He thoroughly enjoyed his course work, especially his civil procedure class and was most inspired by Dean Michael Moffitt’s use of his own law degree in war torn nations.

Aside from the daily routine of his studies, Tashea participated in numerous extra curricular activities and worked with the following: Moot Court Board, Jessup International Moot Court Competition, research assistant for Dean Moffitt, Northwest Institute for Conflict Resolution Fellow (2011-12); Savage Endowment for International Relations and Peace Fellow (2011-12); Lane County Circuit Court, American Bar Association – Rule of Law Initiative Armenia; and United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime).

“My proudest accomplishment while at Oregon Law was teaching 30 Armenian lawyers and law students legal English for the American Bar Association.”

Earning a degree from the University of Oregon School of Law is a great achievement. This law school is part of one of the nation’s leading research universities and, based on reputation, is the top ranked school in the state of Oregon, and the second in the Pacific Northwest. The law school also has four nationally top- ranked specialty programs in which students learn and prosper from the highly qualified faculty that work within them. Oregon Law lets students thrive in its close-knit community and encourages students to make the school their second home.

Tashea is grateful to the University of Oregon School of Law and everything it has to offer.

“I have a collection of professors willing to both support and take a personal interest in my career goals and to even take on more work on my behalf so that I can meet those goals.”

Tashea said his degree will lend him the credibility to seek and accept jobs that he otherwise would only dream about.

Looking toward the future, Tashea plans to promote democratic and civil society both at home and abroad. He thanks his family for their support and inspiration along his Oregon Law journey, and is happy to have succeeded during the past three years.

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