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Professor Morris Collin Named 2009 Civic Engagement Award Winner


Willamette Law Professor Robin Morris Collin has been named a 2009 Oregon Civic Engagement Award Winner by Oregon Campus Compact, a statewide organization that promotes civic engagement and community partnerships with higher education.

Morris Collin received the Judith Ramaley Faculty Award for engagement in sustainability at the organization’s fourth annual award ceremony in April.The award recognizes excellence in faculty leadership on sustainability issues both on campus and in the community.


Clinical Law Students Help Stop Fraudulent Legal Assistance

In early April, the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a settlement that prohibits a Washington County woman from offering fraudulent translation and legal services to Spanish-speakers. The settlement also requires Olimpia Santizo to pay a total of $2,000 in restitution to two victims.

The Santizo investigation was conducted by two law students enrolled in the Clinical Law Program at Willamette University. Second-year student Katherine Silva and third-year student Casey Bieberich worked on the case while enrolled in the Law and Government Clinic. Caren Rovics, senior assistant attorney general at the DOJ and adjunct law professor in the Clinical Law Program, supervised their progress.


Law Alumnus Honored as Professional of the Yearstewart

John Spencer Stewart JD’71 was named Professional of the Year in Business and Corporate Law by Cambridge Who’s Who, an exclusive membership organization that recognizes and empowers executives, professionals and entrepreneurs throughout the world.

Stewart is senior partner with Stewart Sokol & Gray LLC in Portland, Ore., where he is responsible for consulting with clients, lecturing for various state bar associations and representing large general contractors and developers. He has worked in the legal field for 37 years, excelling in the areas of business and commercial litigation, construction and design, surety and fidelity, and insurance coverage and defense. He was listed as one of the top lawyers in the state by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine in 2006–2008.