OSB Honors Willamette Law Alumni
Four Willamette University College of Law alumni were honored at the 2006 Oregon State Bar (OSB) Annual Awards Dinner, held on Dec. 7, 2006, at The Benson Hotel in Portland. This year’s recipients, who were recognized for enhancing the lives of Oregonians and the quality of the legal profession, included College of Law graduates Richard J. Brownstein LLB’53, Jeffrey M. Batchelor JD’72, William B. Crow JD’61 and Francisco J. Yraguen JD’70. OSB President Dennis Rawlinson presented the awards.
Richard J. Brownstein LLB’53, who received the OSB President’s Affirmative Action Award, was instrumental in creating the bar’s Affirmative Action Committee. In addition to serving on the committee for many years, as both member and chair, he was deeply involved in the program’s successful reauthorization this year. In addition, He has served on numerous other bar and civic groups, protecting and furthering civil rights and equality for all people.
The OSB President’s Membership Service Award was presented to Jeffrey M. Batchelor JD’72. Batchelor has held leadership positions on the Oregon Board of Bar Examiners, the American Academy of Appellate Practitioners, the OSB Appellate Practice Section, the OSB Examination Review Board, the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society, and Willamette University College of Law’s Board of Visitors. He also has been a dedicated volunteer in the field of continuing legal education.
William B. Crow JD’61 also received the OSB President’s Membership Service Award. In addition to serving on the OSB Board of Governors, Crow has made substantial contributions to the state bar. He served on the Judicial Administration Committee, the Continuing Legal Education Committee and was author of a symposium on tort law in Oregon. Since his term as president of the Board in 1992, Crow has continued to serve and lead the bar through the Business Litigation Section and a number of CLE programs.
Francisco J. Yraguen JD’70 received the OSB President’s Public Service Award for his service to community. He has been an active volunteer in law-related education and was instrumental in bringing the Oregon Supreme Court to hear cases in Malheur County. In addition to teaching citizenship and instilling leadership skills as a scoutmaster, Yraguen has volunteered for the Mural Society, a local arts organization. He is a current member of the bar’s Legal Services Committee, providing oversight for funds distributed to Oregon’s legal services program.