Five Professors to Join the College of Law Faculty

Professor Douglas M. Branson

Professor Douglas M. Branson will join the College of Law faculty in January 2002 as the first incumbent of our newly established Rosalind van Winkle Melton Endowed Professorship. Professor Branson comes to Willamette from the University of Pittsburgh, where he currently holds the W. Edward Sell Endowed Chair in Law, the most prestigious position on the law faculty there. He is regarded as "one of the top corporate law experts in the country" and his work has been described as "the best traditional corporate scholarship currently being done." He is the author of six books, one of which is the widely used casebook Corporate Governance, and over fifty articles. His reputation as "one of the country's most productive and thoughtful business law scholars" has earned him an especially influential role in framing the American Law Institute's recommendations for corporate governance. In addition, he is considered the world's leading expert on Alaska's corporate law. Professor Branson will provide added strength to Willamette's Law and Business Program, which will begin operation next fall.

Professor Branson received a BA in Economics from Notre Dame, a JD from Northwestern in Chicago, and an LL.M. from the University of Virginia, where he graduated first in his class. Before joining the Pittsburgh faculty, he taught for 22 years at Seattle University. He also taught as visiting professor at Cornell, Oregon, Arizona State, Alabama, Cape Town, Melbourne, East Anglia, and three universities in New Zealand. He lectured widely throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and Africa.

Professor David S. Clark

Professor David S. Clark will join the faculty of the College of Law as the first incumbent of the newly established Maynard and Bertha Wilson Endowed Professorship. Clark is the vice president and long-time director of the American Society of Comparative Law and an internationally acclaimed authority on comparative law. He has authored or edited ten books and over fifty articles on that subject as well as on civil procedure.

Clark comes to us from the University of Tulsa where he has taught for 23 years and served as the founding director of the Comparative and International Law Center and the LL.M program. He has also held endowed visiting appointments at several American, European, and Latin American universities, making good use of his fluency in four foreign languages. Clark holds an A.B., a J.D., and a J.S.M. from Stanford.

Clark will begin teaching at Willamette in the spring semester of 2002. He will teach one course in comparative law and one course in dispute resolution.

Professor Gilbert P. Carrasco

Professor Gilbert P. Carrasco will join the Willamette College of Law faculty next fall. Professor Carrasco is an expert in civil rights law, immigration law, and constitutional law. He is the author of three national casebooks on these subjects and numerous law review articles. He is a tenured professor at Villanova University Law School and has also taught as visiting professor at Lewis & Clark, Oregon, San Diego, Seton Hall, and Willamette. He has a BA from San Diego, a JD from Santa Clara, and an LL.M. from Georgetown. He has also studied for extended periods at Oxford, Stanford, Hastings, and George Washington.

Before joining the Villanova faculty, Professor Carrasco had gathered a wealth of practical experience in civil rights litigation in Washington D.C. He served in the US Department of Justice, first as trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division, then as Special Assistant to the Deputy Attorney General, and then as consultant to the Department. He also worked in the National Center for Immigrants' Rights and as National Director of Immigration Services for the US Catholic Conference.

Professor Carrasco's arrival will add depth to our Law and Government Program, which will begin operation next fall. He will teach courses in civil rights, state and local government law, and the legislative process.

Professor Norman Williams

Professor Norman Williams will join the College of Law faculty in the fall of 2001 as an assistant professor. Professor Williams graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and summa cum laude from the N.Y.U. Law School. He was Senior Articles Editor of the NYU Law Review and received an award for the Best Note published in the Review. He received numerous other awards, including one for another publication, one for Best Brief in the Final Moot Court Competition, and Order of the Coif.

After graduation in 1995, Williams clerked for Judge Patrick Higginbotham of the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and then practiced law since 1996 with the New York law firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt.

Professor Steven K. Green

Visiting Professor Steven K. Green will join the College of Law faculty in the fall of 2001. Professor Green has served for nine years as General Counsel and Director of Policy for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a national public interest organization that concentrates on First Amendment law issues in Washington, D.C. He has extensive litigation and appellate experience in First Amendment law and has participated in several cases at the U.S. Supreme Court. He also has significant legislative experience, having testified in Congress and in several state legislatures.

Over the years, Steve has spoken at numerous academic and professional conferences(Harvard, NYU, St. John's and Valparaiso and Willamette law schools; the ABA, the National School Boards Association and the Education Law Association) and has published more than a dozen articles in journals such as the Cornell Law Review, the NYU Law Review, the Cincinnati Law Review, the Journal of Law and Religion, and the American Journal of Legal History, the last of which was cited in a recent Supreme Court decision (Mitchell v. Helms).

Prior to moving to Washington, Steve taught for four years at Vermont Law School and previously served as a misdemeanor court judge and legal services attorney in Alaska. He holds a J.D. from the University of Texas, where he served as Executive Editor of the Urban Law Review. He also holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in American Constitutional and Religious History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also briefly attended Duke Law and Divinity schools.