Schuman Legal Justice Fellowship

Help law students be voices for justice

David Schuman, beloved law professor and respected judge, mentored hundreds of law students and graduates of University of Oregon Law in their public interest law careers. The Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, in concert with Sharon Schuman, is establishing an annual fellowship that will carry forward his legacy.

David Schuman Legal Justice Fellows will be part of the Wayne Morse Center’s Law Fellows program. This highly sought after fellowship is for outstanding UO Law students who have demonstrated a commitment to serve the public interest. Fellows are supported through paid summer internships, mentoring, and special events with judges, elected officials, community leaders, and scholars. While other fellows focus on legislation and policy, the Schuman Fellow will be placed in an organization that seeks justice for vulnerable groups and individuals.

"I had the privilege to learn about Judge Schuman's life and work as a Wayne Morse Law Fellow. I learned about his passion for the law, for teaching, and for justice. 

The David Schuman Legal Justice Fellowship will give students an opportunity discover just why Judge Schuman cared as much as he did. With this fellowship, students will be able to find their own passion for the law and justice, as well as give them the skills needed to act on those interests."

—Shiwanni Johnson, Wayne Morse Law Fellow

Your gift will:
  • allow students to have paid, full-time summer jobs working for the public good in organizations that are not able to provide funding for students
  • give students the tools and experience to serve as voices for justice for a lifetime
  • connect students with mentors, UO Law alums, and community leaders who have experience serving in the public interest
  • provide host organizations with needed summer staff, increasing their ability to deliver critical legal services in Oregon

Will you join with us and continue David’s legacy of encouraging and supporting students in their public interest careers?

“Many people, perhaps you among them, come to law school because they correctly perceive that attorneys have a state-granted monopoly on access to the force that can move the system and make it do good things. Law school is where we come to obtain the power to promote our values.” 

—David Schuman, 1989 Commencement Charge to graduating UO Law students

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