2015 Legal Citizen of the Year Award Dinner & Benefit

Now in its 31st year, the Classroom Law Project Jonathan U. Newman Legal Citizen of the Year Award Dinner & Benefit is one of Portland’s most celebrated events within the legal, civic and business community. Each year, guests join us in honoring Oregon’s most respected civic leaders and educators, as well as to help raise critical funds for one of the nation’s premiere civic and law-related education organizations.

The Jonathan U. Newman Legal Citizen of the Year Award recognizes the late Judge Newman for his leadership in encouraging and instilling respect for civic education in Oregon. Each year, a leader is honored for his or her demonstrated commitment to the mission and principles of Classroom Law Project, including forwarding the ideals of civic education and inspiring future citizens. Classroom Law Project also honors an exemplary civic educator in Oregon with the Civic Educator of the Year Award, given to a teacher who enhances the future of our democracy by instilling in his or her students the intelligence, energy and virtue to be participating citizens.

We are proud to announce that the 2015 recipient of the Jonathan U. Newman Legal Citizen of the Year Award is Nan Waller, Presiding Judge of the Multnomah County Circuit Court. Th 2014-15 Educator of the Year Award goes to Ms. Amanda Alonso, teacher at Madison High School. This year’s Dinner & Benefit will take place on April 23, 2015 at the Sentinel Hotel in Downtown Portland, starting at 5:00 p.m.

Waller, Nan


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2015 Sponsors

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Hon. Nan Waller
2015 Legal Citizen of the Year
 Amanda Alonso
2014-15 Civic Educator of the Year

2015 Sponsors

VIP Table Sponsors:
Nike, Inc.

Table Sponsors:
Ater Wynne LLP
Barran Liebman
Buckley Law PC
Columbia Bank
Farleigh Wada Witt (half table)
Folawn Alterman & Richardson LLP
Harrang Long Rudnick PC
Sponsor, Hart Wagner LLP
IMS Capital Management, Inc.
Judge Lagesen and Judge Bushong
Lane Powell PC
Lewis & Clark Law School
NW Natural
OnPoint Community Credit Union
Oregon State Bar
Portland Public Schools
Portland State University
Ricoh Legal
Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.
Stoel Rives, LLP
Stoll Berne
Tonkon Torp LLP

2014 Legal Citizen of the Year Award Dinner & Benefit

The 2014 dinner was a great time to connect with friends and colleagues, catch up with Classroom Law Project and be inspired by two truly extraordinary honorees,  Hon. Jake Tanzer, former Oregon Supreme Court Justice and Civic Educator of the Year, Drew Moneke of West Salem High School.  Speakers included the Honorable Lew Frederick, Oregon House of Representatives; U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall and the Honorable W. Michael Gillette, Oregon Supreme Court.

View photos from the 2014 Legal Citizen Dinner.

2014 Legal Citizen of the Year Award Sponsors

VIP Table Sponsors
Ball Janik LLP
Cambia Health Solutions
Friends of Jake
Nike, Inc.

Table Sponsors
Ater Wynne LLP
Barran Liebman LLP
Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan LLP
Bullard Law
Bullivant Houser Bailey PC
Hon. Steve Bushong & Hon. Erin Lageson
Columbia Bank
Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue LLP
Federal Judges
Haglund Kelly
Harrang Long Gary Rudnick PC
Hart & Wagner LLP
Janet Hoffman & Associates LLC
K&L Gates
Lane Powell PC
Larkins Vacura LLP
Lewis & Clark Law School
Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf PC
Miller Nash LLP
Multnomah County Judges
NW Natural
Oregon Appellate Judges
Oregon State Bar
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe
Perkins Coie LLP
Portland General Electric
Portland State University
Radler White Parks & Alexander LLP
Roy Jay & Project Clean Slate
Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC
Hon. Michael H. Simon & Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici
Stoel Rives LLP
Stoll Berne PC
Thomson Reuters
Tonkon Torp LLP

Video Production
Melissa Powers, In-House Productions


2014    Hon. Jake Tanzer
2013    Governor Ted Kulongoski
2012    Jim Westwood
2011     Hon. Paul De Muniz
2010    Hon. Jean Kerr Maurer
2009    Marilyn R. Cover
2008    25th Anniversary of CLP
2007    Hon. Ancer L. Haggerty
2006    Hon. Susan M. Leeson
2005    David Frohnmayer
2004    Senator Ron Wyden & Senator Gordon Smith
2003    Hon. Wallace P. Carson, Jr.
2002    Vera Katz
2001    Sidney I. Lezak
2000   Hon. Edwin J. Peterson
1999    Bruce B. Samson
1998    Hon. Susan P. Graber
1997    Hon. Mark O. Hatfield
1996    Bob & Marilyn Ridgley
1995    Hon. Kristena A. LaMar
1994    Hon. Donald H. Londer
1993    Harold C. Hart
1992    Hon. W. Michael Gillette
1991    Hon. Edward Leavy
1990    Hon. Charles S. Crookham
1989    Hon. Robert E. Jones
1988    Hon. Richard L. Unis
1987    Hon. Otto J. Skopil
1986    Hon. James M. Burns
1985    Hon. Kenneth J. O’Connell
1984    Hon. A. Ted Goodwin


View photos from the 2013 Legal Citizen Dinner.

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