Jay N. Messenger

Professor of Legal Writing, Director of Academic Support Programs

Professor Messenger joined the faculty of Willamette University College of Law in 2010 as the Director of Academic Support Programs and as a member of the Legal Research and Writing Faculty. He teaches Legal Research and Writing as well as various academic support workshops throughout the year. Professor Messenger also co-teaches the summer Introduction to Law program for incoming students. He is available for individual consultations with any student seeking assistance with their academic performance.

Professor Messenger graduated magna cum laude from Temple University School of Law, receiving individual honors in six classes, including best paper in four. He served as Articles/Symposium Editor of the Temple Law Review. Professor Messenger was chosen for the Federal Judicial Clerkship Honors Program and served in the chambers of the Honorable Louis H. Pollak, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Professor Messenger received his LLM cum laude in Business and Trade Law (specialization in corporate law and takeovers) from Erasmus University Rotterdam School of Law in the Netherlands, graduating third in the program.

Prior to entering academia, Professor Messenger specialized in securities litigation and enforcement. He worked for both prominent national law firms and the major registered national securities association.

Professor Messenger worked as a senior attorney in the Department of Enforcement of NASD (now FINRA), the nation's largest private sector provider of financial regulatory services. Pursuant to NASD's jurisdiction over securities firms doing business in the United States, he investigated and brought regulatory enforcement proceedings against broker-dealers and their associated persons. Professor Messenger’s cases involved various violations of the securities laws and NASD rules.

Prior to NASD, Professor Messenger worked as a securities litigator at Dechert LLP in Washington, DC and at Morrison & Foerster LLP in San Francisco. His practice involved defending public companies, their officers, and other individuals under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission for violations such as financial fraud and insider trading. In addition, Professor Messenger litigated securities and other matters before arbitration panels and federal and state courts.

Most recently, Professor Messenger was a member of the Legal Analysis, Research and Writing Faculty at Santa Clara University School of Law. There, he taught Advocacy to second-year students in addition to teaching Legal Research and Writing.

Professor Messenger is admitted to the District of Columbia, California, and Pennsylvania Bars.


  • LLM, Erasmus University, cum laude
  • JD, Temple University, magna cum laude
  • BA, Temple University