Students Honored for Pro Bono Work

by University Communications,

Three Willamette law students were honored last week for their pro bono work during the 2012-13 school year.

First-year student Tucker Kraght donated 49 pro bono hours, the most of any 1L, to the Willamette University Public Interest Law Project (WUPILP) and to the Whatcom, WA County Public Defender’s office. Kraght recently was awarded a $4,000 WUPILP fellowship to work this summer at the Polk County District Attorney’s office.

Second-year student Andrew Evenson donated 648 pro bono hours, the most of any 2L, to the Washington County District Attorney’s office. Third-year student Megan Cox volunteered 400 pro bono hours, the most of any 3L, to the staff attorneys at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Cox also won the Col. Rupert “Rudy” Park, Jr. award, given to the 3L who has contributed the most pro bono hours of any student during his or her law school career. Park, who died in 2009, graduated from the law school in 1947. He served in the Judge Advocate General Corps in San Francisco and was a founding member of ELVIS – Emeritus Lawyers Volunteering in Service at Marion-Polk Legal Aid.

Twenty-six students donated a total of 3,431 hours during the academic year, said Norma Freitas, associate director of the law school’s Career & Professional Development Center.

“It’s part of the profession to give back, and it’s a great way to make connections in the legal community and get experience to put on your resume,” Freitas said. “There are ways that students can work on amazing things.”