Willamette Law’s Career and Professional Development Director Phylis Myles received the top award for volunteerism from Oregon Women Lawyers, which helps advance women and minority attorneys in the legal profession.
Myles, a founding board member of Oregon Women Lawyers, served as the group’s president from 1995 to 1996 and has been on the Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation board since 2002. Myles received the Katherine H. O’Neil Volunteer Service Award, which is named for another founding member of the group.
“It means a lot to be recognized by my peers for work I’ve been doing over the last 10 years,” Myles said. “I was very surprised to receive it, and I’m very honored.”
The Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation board distributes fellowships and grants to help women and minority students network with their peers. Board members also match early career female and minority lawyers with experienced mentors.
Myles said the women she has met through the organization helped her build her practice by referring clients and mentoring her. “One of the things we always talk about to students is how important it is to start building a professional community while they’re in law school,” she said. “This award shows students how important it is to be involved.”
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