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College of Law News

Law Faculty a Valuable Resource for News Media

Although school is out for the summer, the College of Law faculty has continued to serve as an important resource for local and national media outlets, which have come to rely on the College of Law’s wealth of expertise. From May to July, the law faculty was quoted in the news more than a dozen times. Highlights include the following:

  • Steven K. Green was quoted in a number of newspapers and magazine this summer, including coverage of a faith-healing trial held in Portland and an article on church-state issues in Harper’s Magazine.
  • Jeffrey Standen was interviewed about sports law issues by The New York Times in mid-May. He also appeared on the Sirius Radio news program UnderScore Sports.
  • Susan L. Smith appeared on OPB Radio in June to discuss a potential recall against Portland Mayor Sam Adams.
  • Warren H. Binford wrote an opinion piece for the Statesman Journal on the constitutional rights of teens in May.
  • Jeffrey C. Dobbins was interviewed about the Sonia Sotomayor confirmation hearings on KPOJ AM 620, a progressive talk radio station in Portland.
  • Norman R. Williams appeared on KGW TV News Channel 8 in Portland to discuss Oregon House Bill 2556, which limits the federal government’s control over the National Guard.
  • Professor Richard Birke discussed the value of negotiation in commerce in the business section of The Oregonian in July.

WUCL Welcomes Class of 2012

On Aug.19, 2009, the College of Law will welcome the Class of 2012 to campus with a three-day orientation program designed to help the 1Ls successfully transition to law school life. In addition to a two-day course on Legal Research and Writing, their introduction to law school will include a professionalism program led by law faculty and alumni, a special orientation for students’ spouses and families, and a barbecue with faculty and returning students.

The Class of 2012 is expected to comprise approximately 155–160 students with a wide range of backgrounds and interests. Women will make up about 44 percent of the class, and about half of students will come from out of state. The class will represent 84 undergraduate institutions and about 45 undergraduate majors, including journalism, business administration, biochemistry, engineering, philosophy, sociology, environmental policy, international relations and accounting.