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Adjunct faculty Kroger receives Oregon Book Award

October 28, 2009

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Adjunct faculty and Oregon Attorney General John Kroger received the Oregon Book Award for his nonfiction work about his previous career as a federal prosecutor.

The book, Convictions: A Prosecutor’s Battles Against Mafia Killers, Drug Kingpins, and Enron Thieves, details Kroger’s life as a federal prosecutor–successfully prosecuting more than two hundred federal criminal cases involving the mafia, public corruption, white collar crime, and narcotics trafficking. Kroger also argued frequently before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In 1999, Kroger received the Director’s Award from Attorney General Janet Reno for convicting two mafia captains of multiple murders. In 2001, Kroger worked on the emergency response to the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. From 2002 to 2003, Kroger served as a prosecutor on the U.S. Justice Department’s Enron Task Force.

Kroger joined the Lewis & Clark faculty in 2002 to teach criminal law and jurisprudence; he is a three-time recipient of the Leo Levenson Award for Teaching Excellence, awarded by the graduating class. He is currently on leave of absence to serve the state of Oregon following his 2009 election as the Oregon Attorney General, but is teaching part-time during the fall 2009 term.  

Read coverage of the Oregon Book Awards event and Kroger’s award in The Oregonian, the Statesman Journal, and the ABA Journal