Faculty

W. Warren H. Binford

W. Warren H. Binford

Associate Professor of Law; Director of the Clinical Law Program

  • J.D. Harvard University
  • Ed.M. Boston University
  • B.A. Boston University, Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with distinction

Professor Binford was appointed to the Willamette University College of Law faculty and became director of Willamette's Clinical Law Program in 2005.  She immediately reconstructed the law school's experiential offerings in both the Clinical Law Program and the Externship Program.  She expanded the law school's clinical offerings from one clinic to five, including the International Human Rights Clinic, the Child and Family Advocacy Clinic, the Trusts and Estates Clinic, the Business Law Clinic, and the Law and Government Clinic.

In 2012 Professor Binford was selected as a Fulbright Scholar and spent six months in South Africa lecturing and researching children's issues and the advancement of children's rights in Africa.  She was appointed Visiting Professor of Law at the University of the Western Cape where she co-taught an LLM course on children and the law and collaborated with numerous children's right scholars, advocates and NGOs including the Children's Rights Project, Save the Children, and UNICEF.

After returning from South Africa, Professor Binford resumed teaching the Child and Family Advocacy Clinic and the Business Law Clinic.  Professor Binford also teaches international children's rights, negotiation, and conflict management, and has taught in Willamette's Study Abroad Program in Shanghai, China, civil rights and the law in education, and deposition skills.

Prior to joining Willamette, Professor Binford spent eight years with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, where she specialized in corporate litigation and transactions. Her clients included a variety of Fortune 500 companies, as well as nationally prominent colleges and universities.

In addition to her expertise in corporate law, Professor Binford has actively worked throughout her career as a child advocate.  Prior to law school, Professor Binford was a licensed teacher with experience teaching in the inner cities of South Central Los Angeles, Boston and London.  She has served as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children in the United States and on the boards of numerous non-profits. She is also a former foster parent. Internationally, Professor Binford has worked with the International Red Cross in Switzerland, the Croatian Red Cross and the Japan Red Cross on issues relating to child soldiers and other child victims of war.  Most recently, she has provided training through Save the Children in Southern Africa on NGO reporting to treaty bodies. 

She has lectured on five continents, in nine different countries, and across the U.S. on topics primarily related to children's rights and legal education.  In addition to touring Southern Africa in 2012 to research children's issues there, she previously toured Asia to research the role of child labor in the development of the Pacific Rim.  In all, she has visited more than sixty countries and every continent except Antarctica.  

Professor Binford is a member of the Oregon and California state bars and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Eastern and Northern Districts of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She also served as a special assistant attorney general for the State of Oregon from 2006-2011.


Professor Warren Binford's Fulbright semester in Africa


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Law Review Articles

  • The Advancement of Children's Rights in Africa (work in progress).
  • The Need for Legal Representation of Unaccompanied Minors in Removal Proceedings in the U.S.,_Willamette Journal of International Law & Dispute Resolution_[forthcoming].
  • Envisioning a 21st-Century Legal Education, 41 Washington University Journal of Law and Policy 157 (2013).
  • Saving Haiti's Children from Hell, 6 Intercultural Human Rights Law Review 11 (2011).
  • "Reconstructing a Clinic," 15 Clinical Law Review 283 (Spring 2009).
  • "Lessons from One School: Children at Tuol Sleng Torture Prison and the Rise of International Protections for Children in War," 16 Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution 28 (Spring 2008).
  • "Seeking Best Practices Among Intermediate Courts of Appeal: A Nascent Journey", 9 J. APP. PRAC. & PROCESS 1 (Spring 2007).

Book Chapters/Essays

  • When Free Expression Gets Expensive: Legalities, Liabilities, and Realities, The Role of Freedom of Expression in a Multicultural and Democratic Society (Jennifer L. Jopp, ed., 2008).
  • "Sexting Teens Should Be Taught Self-Respect," Sexting 91 (Stefan Kiesbye, ed. 2011).

NGO Publications

  • Utilizing the Communications Procedures of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, [forthcoming](published by Save the Children).
  • Criminal Capacity and the Teenage Brain: Insights from Neurological Research, 14 Article 40: The Dynamics of Youth Justice & The Convention on The Rights of The Child in South Africa 1 (2012).
  • "Child Soldiers and Other Child Victims of Armed Conflict," Children in Armed Conflict, 23-47 (October 1995).
  • "The Rights of Children in Armed Conflict," Children in Armed Conflict, 62-64 (October 1995).

Editorials and Non-Academic Essays