11 recent law school grads elected to the Order of the Coif

Knight Law Center

The University of Oregon School of Law elected 11 members of the class of 2017 to the Order of the Coif, the highest academic honor a law student can receive. 

Elected students represent the top 10 percent of the graduating class. Coif member Ariel Stavitsky of Eugene graduated first in the class.

“The Order of the Coif is the most prestigious academic recognition in the legal profession,” said Michael Moffitt, dean of the School of Law. “Each of these students has demonstrated strength of character, a strong work ethic and a commitment to academic excellence that represents the best of Oregon Law. I look forward to the great accomplishments that lie ahead for each of these newly elected members of the Coif.”

The Order of the Coif is a national honor society for law school graduates at member institutions. To be elected to the Coif, a student must earn a law degree and attain a cumulative grade point average in the top 10 percent of the graduating class.

The National Order of the Coif was established in 1912, and 86 of the nation’s accredited law schools have chapters. Oregon Law founded its chapter in 1934, and it remains the only school in Oregon to bestow the honor.

The 2017 members elected to Oregon Law’s Order of the Coif are listed with their hometowns:

Thomas Allen, Redding, California; Elizabeth Bailey, Vancouver, Washington; Jonathon Bish, Madison, Georgia; Erik Bonn, Newport Beach, California; Ariana Denley, Gold Beach; Esack Grueskin, Iowa City, Iowa; Alisha Kormondy, Ashland and Central Point; Luke Kuzava, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Erika O’Sullivan, Juneau, Alaska; Nicholas Peppler, West Linn; Ariel Stavitsky, Eugene.