Frohnmayer Award for Public Service


The Frohnmayer Award for Public Service, given annually in Portland since 2002 by the Law School Alumni Association, was named in honor of the family of University of Oregon President Emeritus and Law Professor Dave Frohnmayer. The award recognizes a graduate, faculty member, or friend of Oregon Law whose public service brings honor to the school.

The 17th Annual Frohnmayer Award will honor Jeffrey Beaver, Class of 1985. Jeffrey is a partner in the Seattle office of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn. His commitment to public service has been demonstrated through work and leadership with the American Bar Association providing advocacy training and assistance to Sudanese lawyers representing victims of the Darfur conflict, service on the board of Friends of the Children-Seattle and his international work Lawyers Without Borders, among many other activities. Learn more about Jeffrey Beaver.

Frohnmayer Award Reception
Friday, April 12, 2019 • 5:30–7:30 P.M.

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Past Honorees

2018: David F. Bartz, Jr. '82

David F. Bartz is chair emeritus and shareholder of the regional law firm Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. Bartz has a stronghistory of championing diversity in the legal profession, including service on the Oregon Department of Justice’s Access to Justice Committee and on the Oregon State Bar’s Affirmative Action Committee. He has also served on the board of the Urban League of Portland and as a representative to Oregon’s Air Toxic Advisory Committee. Additionally, Bartz is a passionate supporter of the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society. 

His extraordinary efforts to advance diversity, to elevate the economic, social, educational, and political aspirations of minorities, and to advance the success of women and minority attorneys in Oregon has been recognized by Oregon Women Lawyers, by the World Arts Foundation, by the Oregon League of Minority Voters, and the Oregon State Bar. 

2017: Judge Nan Waller '79

Nan Waller is a fifth generation Oregonian, and received her BA from Stanford University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon School of Law. As a lawyer, Waller practiced with the Metropolitan Public Defender’s Office and Montana Legal Services, and in 2001, Governor Kitzhaber appointed her to the bench. Judge Waller was the Chief Family Court Judge in Multnomah County from 2008 to 2012, and in 2012, she was appointed as Presiding Judge for the Multnomah County Circuit Court.

Judge Waller serves on the Boards of the Children’s Institute and Lines for Life.  She was one of the four Executive Sponsors for Oregon eCourt and serves on the Judicial Education Committee. Judge Waller serves on OSB’s Bar Press Broadcasters Council, Multnomah County Justice Reinvestment Steering Committee and the Local Public Safety Steering Committee (LPSCC). She also chairs a LPSCC committee on Racial and Ethnic Disparities. Judge Waller has been a leader in the planning for a new central courthouse in Multnomah County.

Judge Waller has been honored with several awards from the community. She was named National CASA Judge of the Year in 2011 and received NAMI Oregon’s Gordon and Sharon Smith New Freedom Award in 2013.  In 2014 she received the Wallace P. Carson Award for Judicial Excellence from the Oregon State Bar, and in 2015 she was named the Classroom Law Project’s Legal Citizen of the Year.

2016: Senator Ron Wyden '74

Senator Ron Wyden began college at the University of California-Santa Barbara where he won a basketball scholarship and played in Division I competition for two seasons before transferring to Stanford University where he completed his Bachelors degree with distinction. He earned his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1974, after which he taught gerontology and co-founded the Oregon chapter of the Gray Panthers, an advocacy group for the elderly. He also served as the director of Oregon Legal Services for the Elderly from 1977 to 1979 and was a member of the Oregon State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators during that same period. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 until his election to the U.S. Senate.

As a senator, Wyden has authored laws extending permanent wilderness protections to more than 400,000 acres including Mt. Hood, the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon’s Bull Run Watershed, Badlands, Spring Basin, Copper Salmon and Soda Mountain.  Since 2000, the Wyden-authored Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act, commonly known as the “county payments” law, has helped provide a stable source of revenue for historically timber-dependent communities; and Wyden’s Combat Illegal Logging Act has helped protect Oregon’s hardwood industries from the import of illegally harvested timber products.

Wyden serves on the Committees on Finance, Budget, Intelligence, and Energy and Natural Resources. He is ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee and the ranking Democrat on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics at the University of Oregon.

2014: Honorable David Schuman '84

Honorable David Schuman earned a B.A. from Stanford University, M.A. from San Francisco State University, a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Oregon Law, graduating with honors in 1984. He served as judicial clerk to the Honorable Hans Linde of the Oregon Supreme Court and then as an assistant attorney general in the Appellate Division of the Oregon Department of Justice. In 1987, Schuman became a member of the Oregon Law faculty and served as associate dean for academic affairs from 1994 to 1996. While a law professor, he received the Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching.

In 1997, Schuman was appointed deputy attorney general in the Oregon Department of Justice, where he served until 2001. In January 2001, Schuman returned briefly to the Oregon Law faculty where he was promoted to the rank of full professor. On March 5, 2001, Governor John Kitzhaber appointed Schuman to the Oregon Court of Appeals. He was elected to a full six-year term in 2002 and re-elected in 2008. Schuman retired in 2014 and will return to the law school faculty in 2015.

2013: Hon. Martha Walters '77 and John VanLandingham '77 

The 2013 Frohnmayer Award for Public Service will be given to Oregon Supreme Court Justice Martha Walters and longtime Legal Aid Attorney John VanLandingham.

The Honorable Martha Walters earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan with distinction, and her law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law, where she graduated Order of the Coif in 1977. Prior to joining the Oregon Supreme Court, Justice Walters was a lawyer in private practice. She initially worked for the firm of Johnson, Harrang & Mercer and continued to work for that firm, or various iterations of that firm, until she and Les Swanson formed the firm of Swanson & Walters in 1985. Justice Walters also co-founded the Eugene law firm, Walters, Romm & Chanti, PC in 1992, and practiced employment, civil rights and municipal law there until her appointment to the bench in 2006.

John VanLandingham is one of the longest serving lawyers for Lane County Legal Aid & Advocacy Center. He earned his undergraduate degree from the Virginia Military Institute and his J.D. from Oregon Law in 1977. Mr. VanLandingham is the recipient of the 2011 Lane County Bar Association Distinguished Service Award. He has chaired and served on the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission, the Eugene Planning Commission, and the Housing Policy Board for Lane County and the cities of Eugene and Springfield. He is active with the Oregon Housing Alliance, the Network for Oregon Affordable Housing, and the Fair Housing Council of Oregon, as well as Looking Glass (nonprofit serving at-risk youth) and many other nonprofits and public committees.

2012: Michael Schrunk '67 

Multnomah County District Attorney Michael D. Schrunk was the 2012 recipient of the University of Oregon School of Law's Frohnmayer Award for Public Service.

Schrunk, a 1967 graduate of the law school, has served as the elected District Attorney in Multnomah County since 1981, heading the largest and most active district attorney's office in Oregon, with 120 full time staff and 76 full time attorneys, serving a population of more than 735,000. 

2011: Duncan Campbell '73 

Portland Renaissance man Duncan Campbell received the University of Oregon School of Law's Frohnmayer Award for Public Service during a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, at The Nines in Portland.

Campbell is a Portland native who graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1973. He is the founder and chairman emeritus of The Campbell Group, a timberland investment firm, presiding over the group from its inception through 2007. He is also an attorney at law and certified public accountant.

2010: Ellen Rosenblum '75 and Richard Meeker '74 

Ellen Rosenblum '75, and Richard Meeker '74 received the 2010 Frohnmayer Award for Public Service. Oregon Law honored Rosenblum and Meeker for their tireless efforts on behalf of the Portland community.

Rosenblum has served on the ABA House of Delegates, the Oregon Judicial Conference, the Campaign for Equal Justice Advisory Committee, the Law School Alumni Association board, and many other esteemed organizations.

Meeker publishes Willamette Week, which is known for its investigative journalism. WW also has raised and donated hundred of thousands of dollars for the benefit of Portland non-profits through its annual Give!Guide. Meeker serves on the Dean's Advisory Council and is the former president of the Law School Alumni Association.

2009: Barbara Aldave 

Barbara Aldave, director of the law school's Center for Law & Entrepreneurship and Loran L. Stewart Professor of Business Law, was the recipient of the eighth Frohnmayer Award for Public Service. Throughout her career, Professor Aldave has shown great dedication to legal scholarship and justice. The first woman to join Oregon Law's faculty, Professor Aldave is an expert in business law, which she has taught for nearly 40 year at Oregon and several other top law schools. In addition to teaching, she also is one of America's pioneering law deans, serving from 1989 through 1998 as dean of St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. Professor Aldave is a nationally recognized expert on corporate governance and securities law.

2008: Edwin Peterson '57

Former chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court Edwin Peterson was the recipient of the seventh Frohnmayer Award for Public Service. Justice Peterson served on the Oregon Supreme Court for more than a decade, as an associate justice from 1979 to 1993, and as chief justice from 1983 to 1991. While serving as chief justice, he oversaw a major reorganization of the state's judiciary system. Prior to joining the Supreme Court, he practiced law with Tooze, Kerr, Peterson, Marshall & Shenker, a Portland firm specializing in civil tort, insurance, and business litigation from 1957 to 1979.

2007: Hans Linde 

Former Oregon Supreme Court Justice Hans Linde, a pioneering figure in state constitutional law, was the recipient of the sixth Frohnmayer Award for Public Service. During his time at Oregon Law, Linde became the most distinguished author ever to serve on the school's faculty; and one of the top half dozen constitutional law figures in the entire country. Linde went on to become one of the most influential and most cited state judges in America in his thirteen years on the Oregon Supreme Court. He retired in 1990.

2006: Clifford Freeman '76 

A stern and compassionate judge, Clifford Freeman was the recipient of the fifth Frohnmayer Award for Public Service. A circuit court judge since 1996, Freeman was in at the beginning of Portland's Community Courts and presided over them from 1998 until 2002. Freeman defended the poor and mentally ill; developed education policy for the state; advocated for minority-owned, women-owned, and small businesses; and advanced the welfare of Oregon youth. He was a member of numerous local, state, and national boards and commissions. Only a few months after receiving the award, Judge Freeman passed away at the age of 62, following a long bout with cancer.

2005: Lawrence "Lare" Aschenbrenner '57 

Lawrence "Lare" Aschenbrenner, retired director of the Alaska office of the Native American Rights Fund, was the recipient of the fourth Frohnmayer Award for Public Service. Aschenbrenner earned both his bachelor's degree and law degree from the University of Oregon. He was a Jackson County district attorney and then public defender for the State of Oregon during the early 1960s. He served as chief counsel for the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Jackson, Mississippi, during the late 1960s. He became a partner in Oregon's first public interest firm: Marmaduke, Aschenbrenner, Merten & Saltveit, in Portland in 1971.

2004: Alfred "Ted" Goodwin '51 

Alfred "Ted" Goodwin was honored as the recipient of the third Frohnmayer Award for Public Service. By the time Goodwin appeared in the January 1969 issue of National Geographic as the cowboy who became a judge, he had already served as associate justice of the Oregon Supreme court for nine years. The man pictured on horseback preparing to rope a calf was soon to be appointed U.S. District Judge for the District of Oregon by Richard Nixon. Following graduation from law school, Goodwin was appointed to the local circuit court in 1955. In 1960 Gov. Mark Hatfield appointed him to the Oregon Supreme Court, which was followed by Nixon's appointment in 1969. Goodwin joined the appellate court in 1971. From 1988 to 1991 he served as chief judge of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

2003: Hardy Myers '64 

Public servant Hardy Myers was honored as the second recipient of the Frohnmayer Award for Public Service. At the dinner honoring Myers's work, former Dean Laird Kirkpatrick gave a triple toast stating, "Hardy's career in public service is so extensive that he could have won the award three times over — once for all the work he has done for the city of Portland on various boards and commissions, once for his distinguished service as a state legislator and speaker of the house, and a third time for his outstanding accomplishments as attorney general."

2002: Dave Frohnmayer 

University of Oregon President Emeritus and Law Professor Dave Frohnmayer was the first recipient of the Frohnmayer Award for Public Service. Frohnmayer, a former state representative and Oregon attorney general, began his career at Oregon Law as a professor of constitutional and administrative law, and served as the school's fifteenth dean from 1992 to 1994. The law school faced a particularly troubled time during the early 1990s, and under Frohnmayer's leadership it gained public support, secured new resources, and rebuilt its reputation with the profession.