Outstanding Law Mentors Honored

The College of Law held a reception in early April to honor those dedicated attorneys and judges who volunteer their time as mentors to Willamette’s law students. The popular Mentor Program is administered by the college’s office of Career Services, which hosted the annual awards reception at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art on the Willamette campus.

College of Law alumna Kate Cooper Richardson JD’00 received the 2007–08 Judge Edward H. Howell Mentor of the Year Award, which is named in honor of the late Judge Howell, an enthusiastic mentor to Willamette law students for many years.

In addition to Richardson, other WUCL mentors were honored during this year’s reception, which was expanded to include additional attorneys who received an Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award nomination. Those attorneys include:

• Julie Bates JD’01, mentor to Chris Vandenberg
• Jeff Dover JD’04, mentor to Jennifer Paul and LaReé Felton
• Tom Elden, mentor to Megan Banks and Sarah Hagerty
• Joe Groshong, mentor to Jake Wakeland and Justin Rothboeck
• Elizabeth Harchenko BS’72, JD’76, mentor to Sara Cassidey, Jennifer Hunking and Lauren Miller
• Cathy Highet, mentor to Mary Lang
• Michelle Ing JD’01, mentor to Marianne LaBorde and Meng Ouyang
• Dennis Koho JD/C’04, mentor to Amanda Keller and Lane Toensmeier
• Holly O’Dell, mentor to Jenny Nokes
• Heather Vogelsong JD’05, mentor to Kathryn Stoufer and Alana Guiney

The College of Law’s Mentor Program enables students, early in their legal careers, 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 the Career Service Office at or register online at for the 2008–09 Mentor Program, which begins in September.