Outstanding Law Mentors Honored

In early April, the College of Law held a reception to honor the many dedicated attorneys and judges who serve as mentors to Willamette law students. This year, two outstanding mentors were co-honored as Mentor of the Year.

Alumnae Shenoa L. Payne JD‘08 and Kristen (Gienger) Williams BA'99, JD‘05 received the 2009-10 Judge Edward HPayne. Howell Mentor of the Year Award. This is the first year both Payne and Williams participated in the law school's program. However, both were lauded by their mentees for far exceeding the students' expectations.

Payne's first-year students, Chelsie Adams, Kristen Bramble and Jessica Wilcox, noted that Payne is always "only a text message or e-mail away." They added that each major law school benchmark -- from the open-universe memo to finals -- was marked with encouragement, advice and congratulations from Payne. She helped her mentees develop a map of both their academic and professional goals and gave them tips about where to apply for summer jobs. She also helped provide networking opportunities for them.

Williams' first-year students, Stephanie Lind and Erik Moeller, both said she was incredibly geWilliamsnerous with her time. Prior to finals they each met for a two-hour, one-on-one session with Williams to discuss any concerns or questions they had. She also provided great moral support and tips for success. In addition, Williams arranged mock interviews for her mentees with a panel of attorneys to help prepare them for summer job interviews.

The law school's office of Career Services administers the popular Mentor Program, which enables students to forge an individual relationship with experienced legal practitioners who provide great insight into and advice on the practice of law.

For more information about becoming an attorney mentor, please contact Career Service at or register online at on the Career Services site.