Lissa Kaufman, director of Student Legal Services at Portland State University, will receive the 2014 Judge Mercedes Deiz Award from Oregon Women Lawyers.
This honor recognizes a person who has made an outstanding contribution to promoting minorities in the legal profession and in the community. For the past several years, Kaufman has worked with the diversity section of the Multnomah County Bar Association to encourage Portland State students from under-represented communities to pursue a legal career.
Kaufman graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 1996. She worked as a staff attorney in the Oregon Legal Services Farmworker Unit in Woodburn, Oregon, representing migrant farm workers in employment and housing cases. From 1998 to 2006, she worked at the Metropolitan Public Defender office in Portland and Hillsboro, Oregon, where she continued to represent indigent clients in criminal and juvenile cases. Since 2006, Kaufman has been the sirector of PSU’s Student Legal Services, which helps students persist in college by removing legal barriers.
“I am so proud of Lissa and of all the work that she has done to help pave legal career pathways for our under-represented students,” said Jackie Balzer, vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. “Lissa is one of the most dedicated attorneys who work in student services.”
Kaufman will receive the award in Portland on Friday, March 14.
For more information on the award, go here.