Loan Repayment Assistance Program

The 2025 Application Process will open in October 2024.

Email the Public Law and Policy Program or call at 541-346-3986 with questions.

Current LRAP Recipients

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Christine Boone 
1st Year Recipient

Christine grew up in Dallas, Texas, and received her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University. Although not originally from Oregon, she is passionate about using her voice to advocate for the Oregon community both in and out of the courtroom.  During law school, Christine clerked for the Oregon Department of Justice and externed with the Honorable Ann Aiken. Currently she works with the Honorable Bradley Cascagnette helping to aid the Lane County community as a member of the court.


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Grace Brahler
3rd Year Recipient

Grace grew up in Kansas and studied environmental science prior to attending the University of Oregon School of Law. Focusing on environmental and natural resources law and policy, she worked with the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center and helped plan the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference during law school. Previously, Grace worked with the Oregon Water Futures Project and on Beyond Toxics. She now works as the Wildlands Director with Cascadia Wildlands to protect the Cascadia bioregion’s forested ecosystems and to help secure a more just and livable future for our critters and communities.


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Sean Foster
2nd Year Recipient 

After earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, Sean lived and worked abroad, including as an English teacher at a Tibetan Buddhist nunnery in Nepal. After some wrangling, he returned stateside to serve as an AmeriCorps member at Montana Legal Services and worked as a litigation assistant at an Indigenous Civil Rights firm in Seattle. These experiences inspired him to pursue a career with legal aid. He now is a Staff Attorney with the Eviction Defense Project at Oregon Law Center, defending low-income tenants from eviction.


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Kassidy Hetland
2nd Year Recipient

Kassidy currently works as a staff attorney for the Oregon Innocence Project (OIP). As an attorney with OIP, Kassidy works to exonerate individuals convicted of crimes they did not commit. During law school, Kassidy interned with OIP and at a private criminal defense firm in Eugene. Before joining OIP as a staff attorney, Kassidy worked as a public defender in Multnomah County.


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Tom Housel
2nd Year Recipient 

Tom has long been interested in environmental protection and sustainable development, which stemmed from travels at a young age to National Parks throughout the West and undergrad courses related to sustainable architecture. After working several years in construction and manufacturing, he chose to pursue a career in environmental law and policy to help advance policies that will mitigate harm from the climate crisis. During law school, Tom had the honor of working with several nonprofits focused on these issues, and he currently works for the ENR Center as a Research Associate for Professor Wood’s Atmospheric Recovery Project.  



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Lindsey Hutchinson
3rd Year Recipient

Lindsey received a BA in Government from Smith College. After college, Lindsey worked for three environmental nonprofits in California. During law school, Lindsey was an ENR Center Fellow, PIELC Co-Director, LAW Co-Director, and a member of JLSA and OUTLaws. She also interned with the Environmental Law Foundation and Advocates for the West. After law school, Lindsey worked on water policy in Utah. Lindsey is now the Staff Attorney for Willamette Riverkeeper where she works to protect and restore the Willamette River and its tributaries. 


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Roses Laughlin
1st Year Recipient 

Roses Laughlin is a Research Attorney with the Marine Affairs Institute and the Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program. While in law school, she was involved with the Land Air Water Environmental Law Society and the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation. She also served as co-founder and director of Student Advocacy and Action for Environmental Justice (SAAEJ). Roses held internships at Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Vermont Legal Aid, and the Western Environmental Law Clinic. She also held a research fellowship at the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center, focusing on sustainable land use.  


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Molly McCue
1st Year Recipient 

Molly grew up in Colorado, attending University of Northern Colorado where she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Prior to law school, she was the program director of a domestic violence organization. While attending University of Oregon for law school, Molly participated in OUTLaws and the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation. She also clerked at the Department of Justice and externed with the Honorable Mustafa T. Kasubhai. She is currently a law clerk for the Honorable Valeri L. Love.


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Mai Lani Moua
1st Year Recipient

Mai Lani Moua is a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Debra Velure at the Lane County Circuit Court. Mai Lani graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in May 2023. During her time at UO, Mai Lani was the Co-Director of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) and student representative for the Oregon Asian Pacific Bar Association (OAPABA). She is also the recipient of many grants and awards, including the 2021 Asian Pacific Islander Emerging Leader Award from California State Senator Thomas Umberg and Oregon Women Lawyer's Foundation Grant.


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Thomas Perkins
1st Year Recipient 

Thomas grew up in Half Moon Bay, California, and received a BA in English from BYU. He has always wanted to be a lawyer, but after serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Guatemala, he decided that he wanted to work in a field where he could help people navigate the US immigration system. His volunteer work has included immigration work with No More a Stranger Foundation. He currently practices immigration law at the Oregon Law Center. 


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Samantha Sheehan
1st Year Recipient 

Samantha was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, and is a proud Double Duck. During law school, she participated in the civil clinic, providing legal services to low-income Oregonians.  After graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Jay A. McAlpin. Following her clerkship, she began working for OLC as a Staff Attorney with the Eviction Defense Project. In June 2022, she accepted her current position at OLC as a Staff Attorney for Manufactured Home Parks and Floating Home Marinas. Samantha is passionate about affordable housing, advocating for her clients, and giving back to her community.


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Kayla Teeple
1st Year Recipient 

A recent graduate of University of Oregon School of Law, Kayla has spent the last three years in public policy in both California and Colorado working for the legislature and in-house at a lobbying firm. Working both inside and outside the capitol, she has gained extensive experience in nearly all industries but has found her passion in energy and environmental issues. Through her work, she is committed to building an affordable, reliable, and clean energy future for the West.


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Divine Zheng
2nd Year Recipient 

Divine moved to Oregon from Minnesota, where she received her B.A. in History and Justice & Peace Studies from the University of St. Thomas.  She was motivated to attend law school by her interest in civil rights and education policy reform.  Working for the courts during and after law school cemented her desire to serve the public.  Divine is now a staff attorney at Legal Aid Services of Oregon.  She specializes in administrative law and public benefits issues.