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Liani Reeves Receives the 2019 State of Civil Rights Forum Award

October 11, 2019

Bullard Law attorney Liani Reeves has received the 2019 State of Civil Rights Forum Award presented by the Oregon League of Minority Voters. The Oregon League of Minority Voters is a non-profit whose mission is to “Fight for the advancement of minority voters’ rights within the electoral process through education, empowerment, and bringing a voice to the issues that uniquely impact communities of color”. The award recognizes individuals “who have gone beyond their call of duty to promote and advocate for civil rights, for all peoples.”

Liani is an employment law attorney and shareholder at Bullard law. She was named a 2019 Civil Rights Champion because of her dedication to promoting minority groups and civil rights activism within the legal community. She is actively involved with many minority legal rights groups. Liani is the former president of the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association, whose mission is to advocate for Asian Pacific attorneys and contribute to their advance in the legal community. She is also the former Chair of the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association, a non-profit organization committed to making the legal community of Oregon a welcoming environment where people of all colors, races, and ethnic backgrounds can excel.

Liani also believes in investing in the next generation of lawyers through mentoring and has mentored numerous law students and lawyers, many of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Since 2003, Liani has been recognized by Willamette University College of Law and Lewis and Clark Law School for her outstanding mentoring.

Liani has a long history of public service to the community. She served as General Counsel for the Office of the Governor for four years, providing advice on a wide range of legal issues including employment, public transparency and First Amendment issues, and government ethics, as well as tribal and public safety policy matters. Prior to the Governor's office, she spent almost a decade as Assistant Attorney General and Deputy Chief Trial Counsel at the Oregon Department of Justice Trial Division, where her primary focus was employment litigation defense of public universities and other large state agencies. Liani is the 2019 President-elect of the Oregon State Bar and in 2020 she will serve as the president of the Oregon State Bar.
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