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College of Law to host legal writing workshop

The College of Law has been chosen to host a one-day annual legal writing workshop aimed at law librarians and faculty who teach legal research and writing. Willamette's is the only law school in the Pacific Northwest to host the event this year.

Legal research and writing faculty member Jay Messenger will coordinate the event with assistance from fellow legal research and writing faculty Ed Harri, Helen Mazur-Hart and visiting legal research and writing instructor Robert Rocklin.

The workshops are sponsored by the Legal Writing Institute, a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve legal writing by providing a forum for discussion and scholarship about legal writing, analysis, and research. The institute has more than 2,800 members and includes representatives from 38 countries.

The themes of the workshops include teaching legal writing; teaching persuasive writing and advocacy; legal research; and innovative teaching techniques. Other law schools hosting workshops this year are the University of Arizona, George Washington University and Northwestern University.


Professor Sukhsimranjit Singh lectures on Sikhism in wake of temple shootings

Professor Sukhsimranjit Singh, associate director of the College of Law’s Center for Dispute Resolution and a practicing Sikh, has been invited to speak at several events in the wake of the shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin last month.

The shootings left six dead and three injured. The priest of the temple remains in a coma.

The shootings shocked the country and generated an outpouring of support for Sikh practitioners, including those in Oregon. Singh was invited to speak at candlelight vigils at Sikh temples in Salem and Portland. He also spoke recently at a “lunch and lecture” series sponsored by the Oregon Area Jewish Committee.

“Some of us had conflicts within us – should we live here? Are we safe?” Singh said at the OAJC lecture. “How do we change the hatred into peace building?”

Singh said non-Sikhs are curious to learn more about his religion and how Sikhs are able to find forgiveness after the shootings. He tells them that Sikhs believe in creating peace within themselves before spreading it throughout the world.

Singh is a board member of the Oregon Mediation Association and has mediated family, cross-cultural and inter-religious disputes. He has spoken about peaceful cross-cultural conflict resolution in the United States, Europe and Asia. To read more about Singh, click here.