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Class of 2017

    • 10/13/2017

      Kirsten Fix BA ’10, MA ’17 and Cam Roberts BA ’08, August 12, 2017, in Spokane, Washington. Their nuptials were celebrated with friends and family that included many Lewis & Clark alumni (representing classes from 1976 through 2012) and faculty. They timed their wedding to occur between Kirsten’s graduation from Lewis & Clark with an MA in student affairs administration and their move to to Iowa, where Kirsten works as a student advisor in the Center for Careers, Life, and Service at Grinnell College.

    • 01/01/2020

      Carl Appleton BA ’17, recipient of the first Carl Appleton Award for Outstanding Perseverance, was also a member of the inaugural group of Portland Community College’s Athletics Hall of Fame. He is currently pursuing a PhD in criminology at George Mason University.

    • 02/15/2017

      Cassandra Broadwin BA ’17 is running a fundraiser to build a movie theatre in rural Madhya Pradesh, India. As a Dinah Dodds Endowment recipient, Broadwin spent her time studying abroad in India working to produce a documentary film about Janwaar Castle, a skate park in Madhya Pradesh that has had a large impact on the lives of the villagers. Now that the film is complete, she hopes to bring it back to the village for a screening. The fundraiser can be found at

    • 07/25/2017

      Erin R. Carlson BA ’17, July 24, 2017, age 22. A music lover, Carlson played and wrote her own music on the piano and guitar. She was also a painter, illustrator, and writer of poetry and prose. When she wasn’t enjoying or creating art, she spent time with nature. Her favorite destination was Yellowstone National Park, where she hoped to one day work as a geochemist. Survivors include her parents, Scot and Chris, and her sister, Lauren.

    • 02/08/2019

      Andrea Dean BA ’17 writes: “I got into a tech and policy fellowship through the National Security Institute, so I’ll spend four weekends in DC/NYC over the next year learning about the government and policy.”

    • 06/28/2018

      Andrea Dean BA ’17 works at Amazon as a software development engineer for the Amazon Go team. She says she wanted to utilize her knowledge and skills related to computer vision and machine learning. Dean credits Iva Stavrov, associate professor of mathematical sciences, and Peter Drake, associate professor of mathematical sciences, with inspiring and assisting her on her path to success. “Ultimately,” says Dean, “I hope to ensure we’re using technology to create a more just society.”

    • 02/20/2018

      Heather Fossity JD ’17 has joined Barran Liebman’s employment litigation team. Fossity has a diverse legal background representing Oregon employers.

    • 02/28/2019

      LM Alaiyo Foster EdD ’17 is executive director of the Black United Fund of Oregon, which supports people of color with community-sourced scholarships and endowments. For 28 years, the organization has distributed more than $500,000 in scholarships annually.

    • 01/30/2020

      Michael Galvan JD ’17 received the National Lawyers Guild’s 2019 Weinglass Fellowship. With support from the NLG’s International Committee, Galvan is relocating to New Mexico to work with the Santa Fe Dreamers Project, providing post-prison release support for trans women seeking asylum and their sponsors. Galvan currently serves as cochair of the Queer Caucus of the NLG. After passing the California Bar exam in 2017, he moved to Tijuana to work and volunteer with Al Otro Lado, connecting LGBTQ+ asylum seekers to legal services and humanitarian aid.

    • 04/16/2018

      Josh Goldberg JD ’17 joined Barran Liebman. Goldberg represents employers and management in employment law litigation, and provides advice on a full range of employment law matters. After he earned his JD, Goldberg externed with the Honorable Ann Aiken, and served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Jerome LaBarre and the Honorable Andrew Lavin. Prior to law school, he served as a policy assistant for Governor Kate Brown JD ’85 during her tenure as Oregon’s secretary of state.

    • 10/10/2019

      Emma Grillo BA ’17 has joined the New York Times as a news assistant. Her writing has been published in Vice, Vox, New York Magazine, The Outline, Eater, and Interview Magazine.

    • 10/30/2017

      Jarell Hunt JD ’17 has joined Tonkon Torp LLP as an associate in its business department. A Portland native, Hunt worked with the firm during the summer while a student. Prior to earning his law degree, he also worked for several years at M Holdings Securities, where he gained insight into the financial services sector and experience with broker dealers, registered investment advisors, and funds.

    • 11/26/2018

      Corin La Pointe-Aitchison JD ’17 has joined Galanda Broadman as an associate in the firm’s Seattle office. La Pointe-Aitchison’s practice focuses on litigation involving tribal governments and enterprises, as well as Indian civil rights.

    • The Medal of Honor: The Evolution of America’s Highest Military Decoration

      Dwight Mears JD ’17 recently celebrated the publication of The Medal of Honor: The Evolution of America’s Highest Military Decoration. Mears began the book as a capstone project for Lewis & Clark Law School’s Professors Tung Yin and William Funk, and completed it to honor of prisoners of war.

      Posted 11/14/2018
    • 03/21/2018

      Jessica Meyerzon BA ’17, who double-majored in international affairs and foreign languages (Spanish and Russian), received a Fulbright English Teaching Award, which funded one year of living and working in Belarus. She currently teaches English language courses at the Baranovichi State University, gives lectures on American culture at local schools, and leads the Baranovichi Library English Club. Meyerzon’s experiences in Belarus are described in more detail in her blog,

    • 07/03/2019

      Shay Myerson BA ’17 is a recent graduate of the Land Arts of the American West program at Texas Tech University. Some of the work she developed during the program was displayed in the university’s museum in spring 2019. A reviewer from the Texas visual arts site Glasstire called Myerson’s work “promising and thought-provoking.”

    • 06/19/2019

      Jeremy Rogers JD ’17 was included by Portland Business Journal in its “Forty Under 40.” Rogers is the vice president of the Oregon Business Council.

    • 03/12/2018

      Olivia Schneider Grabacki JD ’17 joined the business team of Portland law firm Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP as an associate. During law school, Schneider Grabacki served as a contracts teaching fellow, a peer mentor, and an extern for the Western Resources Legal Center. In 2015 and 2016, she worked as a law clerk for the Washington County District Attorney’s Office. In 2016, Schneider Grabacki participated in Miller Nash Graham & Dunn’s summer associate program, working on general business as well as environmental and natural resource litigation matters.

    • 12/14/2017

      Juliet Wilhelm BA ’17 joined the Technology Services Center at Portland State University’s Graduate School of Education as a technology support specialist.