Law schools around the country are transforming in a number of ways. For example, a new law in New Hampshire prohibits certain concepts from being taught in school. Additionally, lawyers are becoming more critical to the fast-paced world of enterprise. These changes have created an opportunity for Willamette University College of Law to prepare future attorneys for these new worlds.
The Law Tech Hub is a central source for information about law school news and research, as well as a variety of law school clubs and organizations. Students can also find legal research, information on law school clinics and media resources on the website. In addition, students and faculty can access a gateway page to the Willamette website.
Willamette Law has recently added six new professors to its staff. Their expertise includes law and corporate restructuring, land use, and white collar practice. This is part of the school’s effort to strengthen the curriculum and provide students with a broad range of knowledge and skills.
The law school has also appointed Stephanie Davidson to its law library. She will also serve as the director of the academic excellence program. As part of its historically progressive approach to legal education, the school is launching a Signature Strengths Initiative. It will focus on students’ interests and strengths as they pursue careers in the legal field.
Another new addition to the College of Law’s faculty is Professor Robin Morris Collin, who will lead environmental justice efforts in communities that are disproportionately affected by pollution and other environmental hazards. A sixth certificate, the Health Law Certificate, will also be introduced in the spring.
In addition to these new additions, the Willamette University Law Annual Fund has been supported by the generosity of Jim Averill and Pat Averill. They have donated to the fund for 34 years.
Other notable members of the College of Law’s faculty include David Friedman, who is an associate professor of law and a member of the ISG Legal Department. He will also be serving as a supporter of The Standard.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Jeffrey Dobbins will be recognized as the Law Faculty Member of the Year. Also, in March, the university promoted 10 professors across the institution to tenure. Three of these promotions were earned by Willamette Law alumni. One of them, Phylis Myles, will be awarded an Award of Merit.
The School of Law is also pleased to welcome two renowned speakers for its Spring Commencement. These three acclaimed scholars will discuss important legal developments in the United States and around the world.
On Sunday, May 17, 475 students graduated from Willamette University. This class includes two students who will be recognized as valectors for the Class of 2021.
This year’s Spring Commencement will feature a keynote speech from US Supreme Court Justice Adrienne C. Nelson. Following the speech, there will be a reception and a ceremony to dedicate the Oregon Civic Justice Center. Throughout the weekend, students will have a chance to participate in the law school’s re-opening process, including workshops and opportunities to meet their classmates.