Johnson Johnson Lucas & Middleton is proud to announce that partner Jennifer Middleton has received the 2018 Justice Hans A. Linde Award from the Oregon Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society. The Award honors Oregonians who promote the values of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice.
The American Constitution Society (ACS) believes that law should be a force to improve the lives of all people. ACS works for positive change by shaping debate on vitally important legal and constitutional issues through development and promotion of high-impact ideas to opinion leaders and the media, and by building networks of lawyers, law students, judges and policymakers dedicated to those ideas. By bringing together powerful, relevant ideas and passionate, talented people, ACS makes a difference in the constitutional, legal and public policy debates that shape our democracy.
Jennifer Middleton brings over twenty years of distinctive legal service, advancing and defending the rights of individuals in employment and civil rights matters including constitutional claims, discrimination, Title IX, whistleblowing, False Claims Act, sexual harassment, disability rights, and medical leave. Jennifer represents employees and individuals in discrimination and civil rights claims against employers, schools, and governments.
She was co-lead counsel on the 2014 case winning the right to marry for same-sex couples in Oregon. In Jane Doe v. The University of Oregon, she represented the student who reported a gang rape by three members of the Ducks basketball team, pursuing Title IX claims against the University for its inadequate response. She has represented victims of abuse at the hands of police, jails and prisons; female athletes in securing equal treatment by their schools; and transgender people seeking equal access to health care and jobs.
Jennifer strives not only to secure fair compensation for her clients but also to maintain high ethical and legal standards in the workplace, schools, and public entities. Congratulations Jennifer!