Pro Bono Award Winners Announced

On April 10, 2007, the College of Law hosted the Fifth Annual Pro Bono Honors Program awards reception to recognize those law students who volunteered their time and services to pro bono activities and community service projects during the previous 12-month period.

A highlight of the reception was the presentation of the Col. Rupert E. Park Jr. Pro Bono Student of the Year Award, which is given to the third-year student who made the greatest pro bono contribution during his or her three years of law school. The award is named for Col. “Rudy” Park Jr. LLB’47 of Oregon City, Ore. A former JAG Corps officer, Park established an active legal practice in Oregon and contributed a significant amount of time to pro bono activities, including Marion Polk Legal Aid and the Clinical Law Program at Willamette University.

The 2007 Col. Rupert E. Park Jr. Pro Bono Student of the Year Award was presented to Preston Greene, who volunteered 222 hours to pro bono activities while attending Willamette. Greene amassed all his pro bono hours during his third year of school, when he served as a judicial assistant to Judge Jack L. Landau of the Oregon Court of Appeals.

Also recognized during the awards reception were those members of the 1L and 2L classes who volunteered the most pro bono hours throughout the academic year. Todd Huegli was named top volunteer from the Class of 2008. Huegli, who recently won the Oregon State Bar’s Student Pro Bono Challenge, volunteered 500 hours of service. Three members of the Class of 2009 contributed the most volunteer hours from the first-year class; Tracy Demers, Nicole Lundberg and Emily Pringle each contributed 20 hours of service.

“The pro bono honors award reflects the College of Law’s strong commitment to incorporating pro bono values into students’ professional development,” said Norma Freitas, assistant director of Career Services. “We try to instill in our students the importance of lawyers giving their time and attention to pro bono activities, which is the professional obligation of all attorneys.”