Erika Pirotte is an attorney working in the Natural Resources Unit (NRU) of the Navajo Nation Department of Justice. Licensed to practice law in New Mexico and the Navajo Nation, Pirotte is part of a team that handles all legal matters pertaining to the development and use of the Nation’s land and natural resources and protection of the environment.
Oregon Law has a long history of dedication to public service. In a year with a global pandemic and remote learning – that hasn’t changed. The law school recently reported that during the 2019-2020 academic year, 45 students logged 3,996 hours of pro bono work.
Oregon Law alumnus Jeffrey Beaver recently donated a major gift to create and fund the Jeffrey A. Beaver Law Student Scholarship Endowment. The scholarship endowment will help provide financial assistance to students from underrepresented populations and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
In an ongoing effort to address structural inequalities and counteract institutionalized racism, several faculty at Oregon Law have been researching in the area of “access to justice.” During the 2019-20 academic year alone, law faculty published seven articles on topics related to access to justice, with at least eight more forthcoming in 2020-21.
Susan Gary, professor emerita at the law school, recently created and helped obtain a grant that supports an estate planning program for the African American community in Portland. Through the nonprofit The Commons Law Center, the program will also serve as a pipeline to increase the number of African American estate planning lawyers in Oregon.