William Mitchell College of Law recently honored Jeffrey R. Anderson ’75 and William M. Orth ’80 at the college’s Annual DeParcq Leadership Dinner. The dinner is held in honor of William H. DeParcq ‘30, prominent Minnesota personal injury lawyer who died in 1988, to recognize those who make a difference in the lives of our students, our law school, and our community.
At the event, Anderson received the Honorable Warren E. Burger ‘31 Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is given to graduates who demonstrate the highest values and ethical standards in achieving professional distinction and lasting contributions to their field of endeavor. It also recognizes professional accomplishments of a distinctly creative or challenging nature, and outstanding leadership within the profession.
Anderson is widely recognized as a pioneer in sexual abuse litigation and a champion of survivors of childhood sexual abuse. In nearly four decades as a litigator, he has represented thousands of clients and has taken more than 250 jury trials to verdict. Known for his optimism, energy, and compassion for clients, he was one of the first trial lawyers in America to publicly and aggressively initiate lawsuits against sexual predators—and the institutions that conceal and protect them. His efforts have obtained justice for thousands of survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Orth received the Honorable Ronald E. Hachey ‘43 Outstanding Alumni Award. This award signifies the college’s highest individual alumni honor and recognizes exemplary professional accomplishment plus demonstrated commitment to the school, including significant involvement with programs and services in support of students and/or alumni, dedicated service on the board of trustees and/or the alumni association, or noted participation as a member of the faculty or staff.
Orth exemplifies what it means to be a proud graduate of William Mitchell. In addition to his work as a successful criminal defense attorney, he spends countless hours supporting the college. He’s a volunteer, helping students with mock interviews, serving as a judge for trial advocacy competitions, and assisting students with actual legal cases through the Minnesota Justice Foundation. He’s a leader, serving on the board of trustees and the alumni board. And he’s a dedicated advocate for Mitchell students, helping to establish the Hachey Initiative, which connects students and recent graduates with successful Mitchell alumni who share experience, knowledge, and professional contacts.
About William Mitchell
William Mitchell College of Law is the largest law school in Minnesota, enrolling nearly 1,000 students from 23 states and 22 foreign countries. Established in 1900, its alumni today are leaders in the state’s top law firms, in the state’s judiciary, government and public service sectors, and in the general counsel offices of Minnesota’s and the region’s Fortune 500 companies.
Mitchell is recognized locally and nationally for providing a legal education that combines theory and practical skills. Its clinics, public service, practicum, and legal writing programs are top-ranked nationally.