Reception Honors Outstanding Mentors

The College of Law recently held a reception 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 in early April.

College of Law alumna Concetta Schwesinger JD'88 received the 2006-07 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. Schwesinger, who works as a Child Support Program liaison on behalf of the Oregon Department of Justice, was nominated by her mentee Rachel J. Wixson. A member of the Class of 2008, Wixson praised Schwesinger for providing far more support than she had hoped to gain from an attorney mentor.

“She believed in me and helped me believe in myself,” Wixson wrote in the letter nominating Schwesinger for the award. “She didn’t limit her advice to education or career only. She opened her heart to me and shared wisdom she had gleaned from other experiences as well. She also introduced me to women attorneys and judges working in various fields so I could talk to them about their jobs, too.”

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 valuable insight and advice on the practice of law. For more information about becoming an attorney mentor, please contact the Career Services office or register online for the 2007-08 Mentor Program, which begins September 2007.