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Kroger’s Book Award Win

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John Kroger didn’t have a speech prepared, because he thought there was no way he would win, but win he did during the 2009 Oregon Book Awards ceremony in October.

Kroger, Oregon’s attorney general and an adjunct faculty member at Lewis & Clark Law School, received the Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction for his book, Convictions: A Prosecutor’s Battles Against Mafia Killers, Drug Kingpins, and Enron Thieves. The book steers readers through the complexities of life as a federal prosecutor, where the battle in the courtroom is the culmination of long, intricate investigative work.

After his career as a federal prosecutor, Kroger joined the law school, where he specializes in criminal law and jurisprudence. In 2008, he was elected Oregon’s attorney general.

Kroger is a three-time recipient of the Leo Levenson Award for Teaching Excellence, awarded by the graduating class. He is currently on a leave of absence while serving as attorney general, but he still manages to squeeze in one course a semester on jurisprudence.

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