Andrew M.Schpak, Co-Managing Partner at Barran Liebman LLP and ABF Fellows Oregon State Chair, will be honored with the 2023 Outstanding State Chair Award from the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (ABF). Schpak will receive the award during the 67th Annual Fellows Awards Reception and Banquet, which will be held in New Orleans on February 4, 2023.
The Outstanding Chair Award is given annually to an ABF Fellows State Chair who has demonstrated dedication to the work of the ABF and the mission of the Fellows through exceptional efforts at the state level. This year the ABF Fellows recognize Schpak, who has served as the Oregon State Chair since his election in 2017.
“As a Life Fellow, Chair of the Oregon Chapter of the Fellows, and Former ABF Board Member, Andrew has exemplified a dedication to the mission of the ABF Fellows and the highest principles of the greater legal profession,” said Darrell Mottley, National Chair of the ABF Fellows. “We are honored to recognize his steadfast leadership with this award.”
Schpak represents District 19 (Oregon, South Carolina, and Iowa) on the ABA Board of Governors and is serving his second consecutive term as Chair of the Board’s Finance Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee. He previously served as President of the Multnomah Bar Association (MBA) and led both the ABA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and the MBA Young Lawyers Section. He serves as Treasurer of the Campaign for Equal Justice Board of Directors, Chair of its Finance Committee, and Co-Chair of the Large Firm Partners Committee. He also serves on multiple committees for Transition Projects, Inc., which provides an outlet for him to fulfill his passion for helping people transition from homelessness to housing.
“I’m so thankful and honored to receive this recognition,” said Schpak. “I continue to be impressed with ABF faculty and the research the ABF generates year in and year out. I was sad to see my time on the Board come to an end a few years ago, but I have been thankful to have the opportunity to continue to help bring together Oregon Fellows and connect them to ABF faculty through my role as a State Chair. I’m especially thankful for Attorney General Rosenblum, Ajay, Natalie, and Kathy for being so inclusive, remaining open to new and unconventional ideas for programs, and taking the laboring oar in helping to organize events and identify potential speakers. I don’t take this recognition lightly and look forward to continuing to advocate for the ABF locally and nationally.”
As the Co-Managing Partner at Barran Liebman LLP, Schpak has been exclusively representing management in employment litigation and providing advice in employment matters for over eighteen years. He works with prominent Oregon companies, government entities, and non-profits, navigating complex employment laws and crafting solutions for their success. Schpak is a Reed College alumnus and received his J.D. from Cornell Law School.
About the American Bar Foundation
The American Bar Foundation (ABF) is the world’s leading research institute for the empirical and interdisciplinary study of law. The ABF seeks to expand knowledge and advance justice through innovative, interdisciplinary, and rigorous empirical research on law, legal processes, and legal institutions. To further this mission the ABF will produce timely, cutting-edge research of the highest quality to inform and guide the legal profession, the academy, and society in the United States and internationally. The ABF’s primary funding is provided by the American Bar Endowment and the Fellows of The American Bar Foundation.