Robert B. Rocklin

Visiting Legal Research and Writing Instructor

Professor Rocklin obtained his A.B. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. After practicing as a corporate tax attorney in Los Angeles, Professor Rocklin moved to Oregon and entered a graduate program in cognitive psychology, obtaining an M.S. He then returned to law, clerking for Justice Wallace P. Carson, Jr., of the Oregon Supreme Court. That position was followed by 13 years as an assistant attorney general in the Oregon Department of Justice’s Appellate Division, where he briefed and argued hundreds of cases before the Oregon Court of Appeals, the Oregon Supreme Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Four of his cases eventually made their way to the United States Supreme Court.

From 2004 to 2010, Professor Rocklin worked at the Oregon Court of Appeals as a staff attorney, working closely with judges and law clerks on complex cases, advising judges, and drafting judicial opinions. During that time, he also was appointed by the Oregon Supreme Court to the Oregon Board of Bar Examiners, where he eventually served as its vice-chair. 

Professor Rocklin returns to Willamette, having taught Appellate Advocacy as adjunct faculty from 1998 to 2007, Legal Research and Writing as visiting faculty 2012-14, and Legal Analysis for the Bar as an adjunct during 2015. Professor Rocklin has also taught as adjunct faculty at the University of Oregon, teaching law and social science and advanced appellate advocacy, and he has coached their National Appellate Advocacy Competition moot court team. 

Professor Rocklin is the author of CLE materials and other articles. Most recently he is co-author of An Advocate Persuades, a book that addresses persuasive writing and that will be published this year.

Professor Rocklin is admitted to practice in California and Oregon and before the United States Tax Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.


  • M.S. University of Oregon
  • J.D. UCLA School of Law
  • A.B. with great distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, University of California, Berkeley