2010 Tillman Scholar
Bryan Boender is a public interest lawyer and criminal defense attorney. Bryan also makes it his business to be involved in matters that affect military veterans accused of crimes. The proudest moment of his legal career came during Bryan’s first homicide trial, when an Oregon jury rejected the prosecution’s death penalty argument and spared the life of an Army combat veteran.
Bryan enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2004. He served more than four years on active duty with the U.S. Army. Bryan was stationed at Fort Bragg as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division. As one of the airborne infantrymen of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Bryan served a fifteen-month tour of duty to Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom VII-VIII. And during law school, Bryan continued to serve part time as a JAG Certified Law Clerk with the Oregon Army National Guard.
Veterans issues remain very important to Bryan. He is a founder of the first Free Legal Clinic for Veterans in Oregon. A collaboration between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the nonprofit law firm Access the Law. Since its inception, the Clinic has provided free legal services to more than 700 veterans. The Clinic is still held monthly in Eugene, Oregon.
Bryan recently partnered with a law school classmate, a Navy veteran, to establish Boender & Lohrke Attorneys. The firm’s focus is criminal defense and rights restoration.