Oregon Law Investment Opportunities

Giving is a highly personal endeavor and we are all entitled to follow our hearts when deciding upon the recipients of our philanthropic gifts.  Due to the generous giving of our alumni and friends, the School of Law is poised to be a leader in legal education for the foreseeable future.  As we strive to increase the quality of our professors, programs and students, our financial needs increase as well. 

Below we've categorized the School of Law's most critical financial needs into the following categories:

All gifts are invested with the University of Oregon Foundation, a private, non-profit corporation responsible for administering the thousands of gifts donated annually to the University of Oregon.

In addition to the above giving opportunities, the School of Law has many other giving options.  For more information, email
Oregon Law Fund*
The Oregon Law Fund provides essential, unrestricted support that can be directed to wherever needs are most urgent, including financial aid, faculty research, student organizations, library resources, and important initiatives of the dean.  Dedicated to everything it takes to provide our law students an outstanding legal education, the Oregon Law Fund is a necessary source of steady and adaptive support.

Bill Carter
Class of 1965

"We need to set an example for younger lawyers in supporting the institutions that are important to us."    

Student Support
As the cost of education continues to rise, it is imperative that we provide students with opportunities to reduce their overall cost of a legal education. Support through scholarships and the Loan Repayment Assistance Program help alleviate students' financial burden.

On June 30, 2008, Former Dean Margie Paris announced an endowed scholarship drive as a way of honoring the 125th anniversary of the Law School. This drive seeks to raise 125 new scholarship gifts of $25,000 or more in order to double the amount of scholarship money currently available to our students. These gifts will be payable over a 5-year period of time.

Lois and Ray Ackerman General Scholarship Fund**

Established by the Class of 1978 to honor former law school administrator, the late Lois Ackerman and her late husband Ray, this fund is used to provide scholarships to deserving law students. During her 50 years at the UO School of Law, "Mrs. A" served the function of Assistant Dean, Registrar, Admissions Officer, Recorder, Executive Assistant and Student Counselor. In all, she served six deans and thousands of law students.

Her late husband Ray Ackerman was employed for 30 years in the Eugene public schools, first as a teacher and then as an administrator. Mr. Ackerman was never formally employed at the law school, but spent thousands of hours helping his wife with law school matters.

A former dean once said of the couple: "The two of them personified how marital partners not only can complement the life's work of each other, but how the gentle aura of their cooperation can make life better for all of those around them."

These scholarships will be used to offset costs and allow tomorrow's leaders access to an outstanding legal education.

For photos of the announcement of this scholarship, click here.

Mrs. A passed away in January 2009.  To view her tribute page, which includes video of her 1993 retirement featuring speakers such as former deans Orlando Hollis, Chapin Clark, Maury Holland, Dave Frohnmayer and Derek Bell, and special guests Caroline Forell and Shirley Dotson, click here.

Loan Repayment Assistance Program**

It is no longer uncommon for law students to incur a six-figure debt upon leaving law school. Tuition and fees for the Class of 2011 graduates totals $72,592 for in-state students and $90,456 for out-of-state students. By comparison, twenty-five years ago, the Class of 1986 accumulated only $8,115 (in-state) and $11,898 (out-of-state) worth of debt. Nationally, public interest starting salaries average $31,000. It is not surprising that few new graduates can afford to practice public interest law. Many new graduates are forced to forego dreams of using their degrees to ensure equal justice and take a job based primarily upon paying down student debt.

Oregon Law’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) is perhaps the most important vehicle to address this problem. The LRAP aims to provide financial support to recent graduates working in public service who have significant debt-to-income ratios.

Established in 2002, the LRAP has raised over $600,000, which funds approximately nine $4000 forgivable gifts on an annual basis. We hope to increase this number dramatically in the near future. In fact, our goal is to raise $5 million which would support approximately 50 such awards. Until we reach that goal, the LRAP student committee must engage in annual fundraising activities.

By contributing as little as $1000, donors will get their name engraved on the “Founder’s Tribute” branch mounted in the law school’s main hallway (pictured above).

Click here to view the stories of current LRAP recipients Sarah Peters ('06) and Stacey Lowe ('03).

Lois I. Baker Scholarship Endowment Fund

Established in 1971 by friends and former students to honor Lois I. Baker's long service as the school's law librarian. This endowed fund is to assist a second-year student. Awarded on the basis of financial need and academic achievement.

Law School Diversity Scholarship Fund**

Established by Ken Lewis, this scholarship is annually awarded to an incoming minority student who meets Oregon residency requirements.

Lesbian/Gay Civil Rights Scholarship Fund**
This fund was established to advance the civil rights and general welfare of lesbian and gay people, to encourage their visibility, and to add to the quality and diversity of the law school community and the legal profession. Once endowed, this scholarship will be awarded to a second- or third-year law student who is actively involved in advancing the civil rights and general welfare of lesbian and gay people.

Tom Foster Environmental Law Scholarship**

  The Tom Foster Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to a rising third year law student who possesses the character traits of Tom Foster, who died tragically in his third year of law school.  The recipient of this award will be selected by the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation Editor-in-Chief and Staff Editor, the Student Bar Association president, and the JELL faculty advisor.  Each year on the morning of homecoming, JELL organizes the "5K Duck Dash and Walk" to raise money for this scholarship.  The goal of this endowment is to fully fund an entire year of legal education for the recipient.

Law School Student Groups Fund*

Think back to law school.  Was there an organization that could have used an additional $100?  Through this program, students have the option of directing funds to their favorite student groups to use for purposes such as symposiums, guest speakers, community activities, and conferences. 
Here's how it works: Funds donated to this program will be placed in the Law School Student Groups Fund.  A second- or third-year student may then elect to direct a portion of these funds to the student organization of his or her choice on the condition that the student requesting the funds pledges to donate an equivalent amount to the same student organization within four years of graduation.
In this way, funding for student organizations will drastically increase and students will learn about the importance of giving back.  In essence, your gift to this program will be matched over time and may be used by multiple students.

Nicole Richardson Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award**

Nicole Richardson, a 2004 graduate and dedicated three-year member of Oregon Law's Pro Bono Executive Board died of an accidental gunshot wound on April 24, 2006.  Nicole was instrumental in developing  "Street Law," a community outreach program to educate high school students and low-income tenants of basic legal rights. This program has flourished to this day.  (To view the tribute to Nicole, click here and view page 7.)

Nicole was known as a passionate crusader for justice and worked as a public defender for the Colorado Defender Office in Denver at the time of her death.

The Nicole Richardson Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award Fund is a  permanent endowed award given annually to a law student whose pro bono work has made a significant impact to the community. Contributions to this award would increase the annual $1000 scholarship given to the student recipient.

The John Bonine-Svitlana Kravchenko Environmental Protection Scholarship

Professor John Bonine started his legal career as a lawyer in EPA's Office of General Counsel, defending EPA in 200 air quality and toxic substances lawsuits and participating in the writing of the 1977 Clean Air Act amendments.  In January of 1978, he arrived in Eugene as a young professor on a mission to inspire generations of lawyers in environmental advocacy.  Upon his arrival, he developed and taught a class on the Clean Air Act and established the nation's first Environmental Law Clinic.

More than three decades later, Oregon Law's Environmental and Natural Resources Law program consistently ranks among the nation's top 10, and has added an LL.M. program run by Professor Bonine's wife, Professor Svitlana Kravchenko.

In 2010, several of Professor Bonine's former students honored his legacy of environmental protection by formulating a scholarship in his name.  Eligible students include students who have: 
  • Completed of one or more years of study in the Law School’s JD program or admission to or current enrollment in the Environmental LL.M. program;
  • Demonstrated a passion for protecting our planet and commitment to the field of environmental and natural resources law; and
  • Demonstrated a commitment to pursuing a career primarily devoted to serving the public’s interest in improving and preserving the environment.  

To endow the scholarship, the law school must raise $25,000 by December 2014.  If you would like to contribute to this endeavor, click below.  If you would like to make a multi-year pledge, click here.

Paul Beneke Legal Research and Writing Scholarship

Oregon Law is pleased to announce the establishment of the Paul Beneke Legal Research and Writing Scholarship. Once endowed, the scholarship will provide awards to students earning the highest grades in legal research and writing (LRW). The scholarship is funded by gifts from former classmates, students, colleagues, friends and family. The scholarship awards will honor the life of Paul, his passion for law and his commitment to teaching LRW. After graduating in 1996, Paul taught in and was associate director for the Legal Research and Writing Program at Oregon Law until 2001. Following his teaching career, he began practicing criminal defense at the Southern Oregon Public Defender's Office in Medford, Oregon. Paul died unexpectedly in 2010 leaving behind a wife and daughter.

"It is special to give something back to places that have helped us." 

Domestic Violence Clinic

Programmatic Support
Due in large part to the generous support of donors, three of our areas of specialty were recently ranked in the top 10 nationally for the second time in two years. We hope to build upon this momentum by increasing the funding to our premiere programs.

Portland Program

With two-thirds of our alumni practicing within thirty miles of Portland, the Law School has developed a program to build academic and professional bridges for law students and lawyers in the Portland area. Based in the White Stag Block in downtown Portland, the Law School's "Portland Program" will provide students with an opportunity to enroll in courses while participating in business externships in the Portland metropolitan area.

The Portland Program will also offer lawyers up-to-date in-depth training in diverse areas of practice, including business, ethics, intellectual property, and Oregon evidence. Interdisciplinary symposia have and will continue to be offered on topics such as Business, Sports Law, Sustainable Business, and Appropriate Dispute Resolution.  Oregon Law's facilities in the White Stag Block will be available to alumni, law firms, and other members of the legal community for special events.

Oregon Law is seeking financial support from alumni and friends of approximately $250,000 annually to fully fund our efforts in Portland.  Donors who pledge $5,000 per year for five years will automatically be enrolled in our Portland Program Founders Circle and receive special recognition within our White Stag Block facility as well as additional benefits.

Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center*

Established in 2000, the ADR Center promotes wisdom in handing conflict. The Center is housed at Oregon Law, but its impact is much broader. It serves the entire university, as wellas the state of Oregon.

The goal of the ADR Center is to train students to find creative and effective methods of addressing conflict. In addition to law courses, the Center offers basic mediation training, a mediation clinic, mediation competitions and a MA in conflict resolution. 

The ADR program was rated as a Top Ten program by U.S. News & World Report. Help us continue this new tradition of excellence by giving now.

Domestic Violence Clinic*
The Domestic Violence Clinic is a partnership between the University of Oregon School of Law, Lane County Legal Aid and Advocacy, Womenspace, and Sexual Assault Support Services. The Domestic Violence Clinic trains current students to serve victims throughout Oregon upon graduation.

Economists have documented that access to legal services is one of the primary factors that caused a 21 percent decrease nationally in thereported incidence of domestic violence between 1993 and 1998. The researchers concluded, "the provision of legal services significantly lowers the incidence of domestic violence."

The Clinic exclusively offers civil legal assistance for low-income women and children who are victims of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault. Unfortunately, the financial resources are not present to meet the demand for the services. For more reasons to give to the Domestic Violence Clinic, click here.

Environmental & Natural Resources Law Program*

For over 40 years, the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program (ENR) at University of Oregon’s Law School has impacted global environmental policy by providing research, analysis, and solutions to environmental problems. Oregon ENR pioneered the earliest academic curriculum in public interest environmental law and created the first environmental law clinic in the United States. Our faculty members are some of the world's leading scholars in the field of environmental law.

The Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center offers clinics, courses, fellowships, externships, student organizations, and an LL.M program all focused on immersing our students in scholarship and service opportunities in the area of environmental law.

Private gifts are an essential means of supporting the ENR program. Recently, private donations have allowed us to expand our fellowship opportunities for students. For the past two years, ENR Bowerman Fellowships have offered funding for three students to delve into individual environmental research projects. In addition to the funded fellowships, our six interdisciplinary ENR projects (Conservation Trust, Energy Law and Policy, Global Environmental Democracy, Native Environmental Sovereignty, Ocean Coasts and Watersheds, and Sustainable Land Use) team student energy with faculty expertise to solve environmental problems in Oregon, the nation, and the world.

For information about the ENR Program, please email the Bowerman Center or call Heather Brinton at (541) 346-3741. Click below to give to the ENR Program.

Law Library Fund*

Your gift to the John E. Jaqua Law Librarywill enrich the learning experience of every University of Oregon lawstudent. Our teaching services and collections encourage explorationand research and contribute to advancements in the law and legalsystems. Supporting the law library also benefits the larger community.We welcome all visitors including local attorneys and members of thepublic, and provide vital access to legal information. Gifts fromalumni and friends help strengthen our collections, purchase newtechnology, employ student assistants, preserve legal resources, andsupport the research of the University of Oregon law students andfaculty.

To view the "wish list" of the UO Law Library, please click here.

Weappreciate your interest and support. For more information, contactMary Ann Hyatt, Law Library Director, at 541-346-3097 or at 

Center for Law & Entrepreneurship*

Established with the generous support of local entrepreneur Carolyn Chambers (CEO of Chambers Communications) and directed by professor Barbara Aldave, the Center for Law and Entrepreneurship has provided law students with the practical skills and experience necessary to effectively advise and advocate for small business clients.  Your gift would continue to support the programmatic needs of the Center's faculty and students.


The Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, housed in the School of Law, carries on the tradition of Wayne Morse, the former Dean of Law and the U.S. Senator from Oregon. Morse is known for his independence and integrity as well as his support of civil rights, constitutional law, fair labor relations, and multilateral foreign policy.  The center convenes programs on public policy and politics and selects themes for two-year periods.  Recent themes include Climate Justice and Democracy and Citizenship.

Your gift will support the Center's programs, including student Fellowships, faculty research support, and public programs.  Your gift can also be directed to the Don Powell fellowship in honor of former Political Science Professor James Klonoski.

For more information, contact Margaret Hallock, Director of the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, at or 541-346-3699.  Click here for more information.

Competition Not Conflict

Sport has the potential to be vitally constructive in the lives of individuals, teams and communities, while simultaneously holding the potential to be an epicenter of conflict. Many of us have experienced both the positive and negative impact of sport in our lives.
The Competition not Conflict Project (CnC) is a program that seeks to reduce destructive conflict in sport and to promote the positive aspects of competition. CnC is an interdisciplinary program that specializes in conflict resolution services, sports conflict research, and education/skill building.
CnC works deeply with Youth Sports and Interscholastic Athletics to build a broad base for understanding and addressing sports conflict while simultaneously engaging athletes from the Collegiate to Professional levels to maximize impact.
For more information, please visit


Scott McCleery
Class of 1984
    "Even in these difficult times,
    there are many things to be
    thankful for . . . the UO law
    school is one of them."

Faculty Support*
Eugene F. Scoles Fund for Excellence in Teaching 
Named after former dean and distinguished professor of law Eugene Scoles, your financial support into this equity account would help increase the stature and prestige of our faculty. This fund provides the financial resources for faculty to improve their instruction techniques by providing (1) research stipends, (2) travel stipends to teaching conferences, and (3) outreach programs to bring outstanding practitioners to the Law School as speakers.  All donations to this fund will be matched by an anonymous donor.

*Current vs. **Endowed Support
"Current" support indicates that gifts made to this fund may be used in full and immediately.  In other words, a $10,000 gift to the Dean's Fund for Excellence provides the Dean with $10,000 that can be used immediately at the Dean's discretion. 
"Endowed" support indicates that the gift will be invested and the principal will remain intact in perpetuity.  Four percent of the endowed gift is provided each year to support the program, students and/or program.  For example, a $10,000 gift of endowed support provides $400 of support each year. This allows for a donation to have a much greater impact over a long period of time than if it were spent all at once.
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