For Immediate Release

Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law


UW Law School Announces 2006 Alumni Awards

The UW School of Law proudly announces the selection of the 2006 Service Recognition and Distinguished Alumni Awards. The awards were presented at the 2006 Alumni Recognition Banquet on May 4, 2006 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle.

Gregory Gorder ('85) was the recipient of the Service Recognition Award. Mr. Gorder is currently managing director at Intellectual Ventures where he focuses on a variety of projects relating to intellectual property and invention. He was president of the UW School of Law Alumni Association and currently serves on the law school Dean’s Advisory Board. He is also a board member of the Shidler Center for Law, Commerce & Technology, an organization focused on providing law and policy information and research to lawyers and other professionals affected by emerging technologies and e-commerce. Prior to joining Intellectual Ventures in March 2000, Mr. Gorder spent 14 years as a lawyer for Perkins Coie LLP, the Northwest’s leading law firm. While at Perkins Coie, he helped dozens of companies with initial and follow-on public offerings, acquisitions and divestitures, working closely with investment bankers, accountants and management teams.

Distinguished Alumni Awards were awarded to The Honorable Robert Bryan (’58), Jonathan Bridge (’76), and Scott Lukins (’54).

Judge Bryan, a Bremerton native, earned six varsity letters in basketball and track – two letters during his first year of law school - before graduating from the UW School of Law in 1958. Judge Bryan practiced law in Bremerton from 1959 until 1967, when he was appointed to the Superior Court in Kitsap County. Judge Bryan retired to private practice with Riddell Williams in 1984 but returned to the bench in 1986 when he was appointed to the United States District Court. During his years as a judge, Judge Bryan also served pro tem with the Washington State Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has been President of the Washington State Association of Superior Court Judges and the Ninth Circuit District Judges’ Association. Judge Bryan co-authored, with instruction committees, seven volumes and supplements of Washington and Ninth Circuit Pattern Jury Instructions. He was instrumental in converting the Tacoma Union Station to the United States Courthouse, where he maintains his chambers. Judge Bryan served on the Board of the Federal Judicial Center and has taught and spoken at legal and judicial seminars regularly throughout his career, including many classes for new federal judges. He was a founding member and first president of the Puget Sound Inn of Court, which was renamed, in his honor, the Hon. Robert J. Bryan Inn of Court in 2004.

Jonathan Bridge is Co-Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel for Ben Bridge Jeweler, Inc., a Seattle based retail firm with 75 stores in 12 states. A Seattle native, he is past President of the UW Law School Alumni Association, and immediate past President of the Law School Foundation. He is Vice President of the Military Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association, is on the Executive Board of the Alliance for Education, and is a board member of the Association of Washington Business, the Center for Career Alternatives in Seattle, the Washington State Courts’ Historical Society, and Evergreen Children’s Association (Kids’ Company). He currently serves on the boards of Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company and Jewelers Vigilance Committee, as well as the Executive Board of Jewelers of America. Jon is a Captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the U.S. Navy Reserve (retired), and serves as Chair of the Northwest Recruiting District Assistance Council. He is a recipient of the 1994 UW Law School Alumni Service Recognition Award, the 1997 Distinguished Alumnus Award of the UW Multicultural Alumni Partnership, and the 2000 Professional Mentor Program Award from the UW School of Law. Jon is married to Washington State Supreme Court Justice Bobbe Bridge (’76).

Mr. Lukins is the founder of the Spokane law firm, Lukins & Annis, PS, specializing in estate planning and corporate law. He previously served as managing Principal and Chair of the Estate Planning Department. in addition to providing estate-planning advice, Mr. Lukins has extensive experience in corporate law matters, including tax and banking law. He has organized six different banks and presently serves on the Boards of Directors of two bank holding companies. Mr. Lukins was a member of the Boards of Directors of Washington Trust Bank, Islander’s Bank, R. A. Pearson Company, and Jensen Distribution Services. He is the former Chairman of the Spokane Chamber of Commerce and President of the Spokane Symphony, Foundation Northwest, and Sacred Heart Hospital. He also served for 12 years as a member of the Board of Regents of Washington State University and served for 24 years as the Congressional Chairman for the Re-election of the Honorable Thomas S. Foley. He was appointed to the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board by President Clinton and served in that position until June, 2002. In 1994, he received an honorary degree in law from Gonzaga University.

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