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College of Law News

WUCL Graduates Class of 2009

On Sunday, May 17, proud parents, family and friends gathered on the Willamette University campus to celebrate the Class of 2009’s graduation. Dean Symeon C. Symeonides warmly welcomed students, faculty and guests to the College of Law’s 123rd commencement and hooding ceremony. President M. Lee Pelton led the conferring of degrees, while Symeonides presented 130 Doctor of Jurisprudence degrees and two Master of Laws degrees to the class.

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Lopez Appointed to Multnomah County Circuit Court

Gov. Ted Kulongoski announced the appointment of WUCL alumnus Angel G. Lopez JD’78 to the Multnomah County Circuit Court on May 8. The governor said he was pleased to appoint Lopez to the Multnomah County bench, adding that Lopez will bring a strong work ethic, judicious temperament and a great breadth of experience to the judicial position.

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Runkel Receives Award for Teaching Excellence

Professor Emeritus Ross R. Runkel was presented with an Award of Excellence from Willamette University President M. Lee Pelton at a university-wide faculty awards ceremony on April 30. Runkel received the Jerry E. Hudson Award for Excellence in Teaching. Named for the former Willamette University president, the Hudson Award celebrates distinguished teaching and leadership.

“Professor Runkel personifies the highest ideals of the College of Law,” said Dean Symeon C. Symeonides. “He has devoted all his considerable energy to teaching and has always proved to be an outstanding legal educator and mentor. His students, colleagues and peers all admire and respect him tremendously.”

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Carrasco Nominated for Hispanic Affairs Commission

The College of Law is pleased to announce that Professor Gilbert Paul Carrasco was nominated for the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs by Gov. Ted Kulongoski in early May. The commission, which is comprised of nine appointees, the speaker of the House and the Senate president, works for the implementation of economic, social, legal and political equality of Hispanics in Oregon.

Carrasco, who expects to testify on the nomination for the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs for final confirmation within the month, said he hopes “to bring legal expertise to the policy positions the commission takes and to assist in initiating and developing responses to legislative proposals that implicate the rights of Latinos in Oregon.”

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