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Tonkon Torp Awards Annual Law School Scholarships

January 31, 2008
Two third-year students at Lewis & Clark Law School have earned scholarships from Tonkon Torp LLP to complete their legal education.

Jennifer McCrew and John Dudrey each garnered a Moe M. Tonkon and Frederick Torp Scholarship, named after the firm's founders. The scholarships are awarded annually to encourage development of young attorneys who demonstrate exceptional aptitude for the law and professional promise. Lewis and Clark Law School dean, Robert Klonoff, selected the recipients.

"Dean Klonoff has identified two outstanding future lawyers to receive our scholarships this year," said Michael M. Morgan, chairman of Tonkon Torp's managing board. "It is our privilege to recognize and support these students and their commitment to the profession."

McGrew has pursued her law degree in the evenings while working full time at FEI Company in Hillsboro, where she has been in the legal department since 2001. She is articles editor for the Lewis & Clark Law Review, a research assistant for Dean Klonoff and a participant in the Women's Law Caucus at Lewis & Clark. McGrew earned her undergraduate degree in business administration and marketing from Portland State University.

Dudrey, who is ranked fourth in his class, is a full-time law student and head law clerk for the United States Attorney's Office in Portland. He also is format and style editor for the Lewis & Clark Law Review. A graduate of the University of Oregon School of Journalism, Dudrey worked for Multnomah County Department of Human Services prior to entering law school.

The firm established the annual scholarship in 1987 in memory of founding partner Moe Tonkon, who was a 1928 alumnus of Northwestern School of Law (Lewis & Clark Law School) and the recipient of numerous awards for his civic and professional activities over a long legal career. In 2003, the firm enhanced the scholarship to also honor co-founder Frederick Torp, who died that year at the age of 89.

"Tonkon Torp's annual scholarship commitment over the past 20 years has helped nearly two dozen young lawyers to complete their education. We appreciate the firm's continued investment in students who excel in our program," said Klonoff.