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Scotland’s Stone Age Ruins: Archaeology Everywhere
National Geographic (Jul 23)

"Cloistered within those walls were dozens of buildings, among them one of the largest roofed structures built in prehistoric northern Europe. It was more than 80 feet long and 60 feet wide, with walls 13 feet thick. The complex featured paved walkways, carved stonework, colored facades, even slate roofs—a rare extravagance in an age when buildings were typically roofed with sod, hides, or thatch.

Fast-forward five millennia to a balmy summer afternoon on a scenic headland known as the Ness of Brodgar. Here an eclectic team of archaeologists, university professors, students, and volunteers is bringing to light a collection of grand buildings that long lay hidden beneath a farm field. Archaeologist Nick Card, excavation director with the Archaeology Institute at the University of the Highlands and Islands, says the recent discovery of these stunning ruins is turning British prehistory on its head."

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Gun control: Confusion over Multnomah County ordinance complicates legal case
The Oregonian (Jul 13)

"Paul Diller, an associate law professor at Willamette University, said if the judge believes the ordinance doesn’t pose a threat to the plaintiffs, she could decline to answer the broader legal question about the limits to county authority over cities.

'Courts don’t decide these questions in the abstract, generally,' he said. 'They only like to decide these when they’re dealing with real parties, bearing real consequences.'"


Multnomah County Gun Law Challenged In Court
Oregon Public Broadcasting (Jul 8)

"Whether the gun ordinance applies in the cities is a critical question for both law enforcement and for gun owners. That’s because more than 95 percent of the people in Multnomah County also live in a city like Portland, Fairview or Gresham.

Paul Diller, a professor of law at Willamette University who studies local governments, says the case raises an interesting question.

'I can’t think of a precedent where county and city authority have clashed like this.'

Diller says the Oregon Constitution gives both cities and counties the right to self-rule. And the law hasn’t clarified how county laws apply within city limits."


What Hobby Lobby ruling means for Oregon
Statesman Journal (Jul 1)

"The court ruled in the companies' favors Monday, expanding RFRA to include commercial businesses that are closely held — meaning more than half of their stock is owned by fewer than five people.

And it ruled that the contraception mandate violated the religious liberties of those companies.

'The immediate takeaway is that this is limited to only federal regulations — not state regulations,' said Willamette University Professor Steve Green. 'I think it's going to raise some confusion at about what types of claims businesses can raise on religious grounds.'"


U.S. Supreme Court Wraps With Hobby Lobby And Union Cases
Oregon Public Broadcasting (Jun 30)

"The Hobby Lobby case is one of the most anticipated of the year. At issue in the case is whether the Hobby Lobby corporation must comply with the mandates of Obamacare that require employers to offer contraceptive coverage in the health plans they offer to employees."

Busy mom fits in time for her intricate collage art
Statesman Journal (Jun 22)

"Next month at Salem Art Fair & Festival, Rigsby will display her paper and acrylic collages for the fourth year in a row. For any artist, this accomplishment is no small feat. For a mother of three young boys, it's almost superhuman.

Roughly 600 artists apply for the fair, according to Debbie Leahy, development director of the Salem Arts Association. Only about 200 survive a blind jury to make it. The daughter of a successful wood sculptor, Rigsby understands that her four-year streak is special.

'My dad did it for years, and every so often, he wouldn't get in,' Rigsby said. 'I've been fortunate.'"


Hallie Ford exhibit reflects exuberance of artist
Statesman Journal (Jun 19)

"At the Hallie Ford Museum of Art last week, I did something I never imagined I do in a museum. I held a flashlight against my forehead between my eyebrows. I looked like an awkward spelunker, but when I stepped into the Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery and my flashlight’s beams bounced from the works of the current exhibit, 'Richard C. Elliott: Primal Op,' I didn’t care. Like a kid in a candy store, I found myself in the midst of a visual wonderland."


Why Being Short Can Help in Soccer
The Atlantic (Jun 12)

"There are several reasons for the rise of soccer's little big stars, but the main one is that being close to the ground is a major advantage for midfielders and forwards. Shorter people have a "quicker stepping pattern," Stasinos Stavrianeas, a professor of exercise science at Willamette University, told me. Essentially, they're spry: They can change directions much faster than tall folks, and they have better control over their limbs.

'That's what makes them more elusive for the defender, and that's what makes them a better threat,' Stavrianeas said."


Growing religious divide on America’s highest judicial body
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Jun 11)

"Andrew West spoke to Professor Steven Green, director of the Centre for Religion, Law and Democracy at Willamette University in Oregon, about the implications of the case. Prof Green was one of several scholars who filed an amicus – or friend of the court – brief in that case."

From the Fields to Washington, the Son of Farmworkers Becomes an Advocate
The Chronicle of Higher Education (Jun 3)

"During summers growing up, Yonny Castillo would join his parents, immigrant farmworkers from Mexico, out in the fields, picking blueberries to help provide for his family. This summer Mr. Castillo, a rising junior at Willamette, will intern for the advocacy group Farmworker Justice, where he hopes to focus on such issues as poor working conditions and low pay."

The role of higher education as K-12 underperforms
Oregon Business (May 30)

"The purpose of undergraduate education is to learn to read critically, write and speak fluently, and think for oneself. Skills necessary to the acquisition of knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation can be developed across contexts and disciplines, but are clearly distinct from, and arguably necessary to, professional education. A liberal education is focused on process not content per se."


Delivery doc
News-Register (May 27)

"Barker did his undergraduate studies at Willamette University. There he met Nancy, his future wife. After they married, she worked at KPTV in Portland while he attended the University of Oregon Medical School.

He and Nancy moved to San Jose for a year, where he did an internship, then spent two years in Alaska, where he worked with the Native Health Service. The latter, he said, 'was a fantastic experience.'"


Belgium University to Honor Robinson's Cavusgil and Journalist Friedman
Global Atlanta (May 21)

"Dr. Cavusgil was awarded the 'Decade Award' with Gary Knight of Willamette University for their paper appearing in the Journal of International Business Studies in 2004.

The award recognizes the most influential paper published in the journal over the course of the prior 10 years. Their paper is titled 'Innovation, organizational capabilities and the born global firm.'"


Sculptor leaves behind legacy forged in bronze, steel
Statesman Journal (May 16)

"You don't have to walk very far to experience the creative footprint that sculptor and Willamette University Professor of Art Emeritus Robert Hess left on the Salem community. His bronze and steel sculptures are on display at the Salem Convention Center, Bush Barn Art Center, churches, museums, and homes. They are peppered across the Willamette campus, where Hess taught for 34 years."

Report: Manager 'cuts' in state agencies may be an illusion
Statesman Journal (May 14)

"The idea of mandatory staffing ratios isn't original. SEIU proposed Oregon's ratio based on a Texas law that used the same number, Towers said, although he couldn't explain how Texas arrived at "11" as its number.

However, ratios like this aren't universally accepted as a good idea.

Susan Wilson, an associate professor at Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management, said the idea has been revisited many times over the years, and many companies are moving away from it."


Women make work a better place, says BPA exec
Portland Tribune (May 7)

"Named the BPA’s chief operating officer in February this year, Andrews oversees those services and $3.5 billion in annual revenue the agency brings in when consumers pay their utility bills.

The Damascus resident is also responsible for 4,000-some employees who work for Bonneville, the BPA’s Fish and Wildlife program, and managing its $14 billion debt portfolio, much of which it acquired when the BPA backed the development of three nuclear plants in the 1980s, two of which never went online.

Andrews debunks the myth that women are reluctant to join an industry based in math and science. 'Taking the challenge is difficult for women,' she said, “but I think we are seeing women more and more who take that challenge and really excel at it.'"


UAA program allows students to enter law school early
Anchorage Daily News (May 6)

"A new program will allow UAA undergraduates with three years of credits to begin law school at Willamette University in Oregon.

The "3+3" partnership is meant to make law school more accessible and affordable to Alaska students, said Deb Periman, the legal studies program coordinator at the UAA Justice Center.

UAA students in any major who have earned 90 credits can apply to Willamette University's College of Law, in Salem, Ore."


Editorial: Choose Miller for Circuit Court judge
The Bulletin (Apr 28)

"Miller was born in Eugene and raised in Lake Oswego. He spent six years in the Marine Corps with combat experience in Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm. He served as a police officer in Sunriver before earning his undergraduate degree in business management from Linfield College and going to work as an internal auditor for Les Schwab Tire Co. After graduating from Willamette University College of Law, he worked for Schwabe Williamson and Wyatt in Portland and then Bend. In 2012, he started his own law practice in Bend.

Miller says he wants to be a judge because he cares about people and public service. Before deciding to run for retiring judge Barbara Haslinger’s seat, he visited each of the sitting judges to discuss his experience and the court’s needs. Although his focus on civil litigation means he hasn’t handled many jury trials, he has sought to understand how he can contribute to making the courthouse more efficient.

We’ve been impressed by Miller’s energy and drive, as well as his enthusiasm for the connections he’s made with people through campaigning. This is a man who does everything at full throttle, but thoughtfully. He’ll learn fast and apply careful analysis to all he encounters, which will serve the Deschutes Circuit Court well."


Congress should listen to child sex-abuse victims
Statesman Journal (Apr 26)

"Once again, we have a poorly written statute, a divided Supreme Court, and a younger generation that is caught in the middle and will pay the price. None of this is news, unfortunately.

What is news is that Paroline v. U.S. was the first time in the Court's history that a crime victim was allowed to be represented by her own counsel. Giving child victims a voice in matters that affect them is a universally recognized right. The question now is, 'Will Congress listen?'"


Women of Color Empowered honors 'Rising Stars'
Northwest Asian Weekly (Apr 24)

"A third-generation Washingtonian, Courtney Gregoire brings substantial international trade experience from both the public and private sectors to the Port of Seattle, where she was appointed commissioner in February.

Gregoire currently works as an attorney for Microsoft, focusing on unfair competition and international trade, and serves on the Seattle Community Colleges board of trustees. Previously, she served as the first director of the National Export Initiative at the U.S. Department of Commerce for President Obama. She was named deputy chief of staff for the department in 2011.

Before joining the Obama Administration, she served as legislative director and chief counsel for U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell. She graduated from Willamette University in Salem, Ore., and received her law degree from Harvard Law School."


Sunday Profile: Lobbyist leads a lifetime of influence
Statesman Journal (Apr 20)

"Before he turned 30, Fred VanNatta of Salem worked on two Republican presidential campaigns — and not just as a low-level assistant.

In 1964, he was the first paid campaign staffer for Pennsylvania Gov. William Scranton, who lost the nomination to Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater.

In 1968, he was Oregon and western states director for California Gov. Ronald Reagan, who lost the nomination to Richard Nixon. Reagan would go on to win the presidency 12 years later."


Oregon Same-Sex Marriage Case Hits Federal Court This Week
Oregon Public Broadcasting (Apr 18)

"Gay rights advocates hope that points to a quick ruling in their favor.

Gwynne Skinner, Associate Professor of Law at Willamette University in Salem, says U.S. District Judge Michael McShane might rule quickly. Or he might not. Either way, Skinner says don’t try to guess how the judge will rule based on how he acts in court on Wednesday.

'It is very difficult to predict a judge’s decision simply based on the questions because often times the judge is just trying to play devil’s advocate or test different thoughts or different arguments.'"


Pros sign up for Wulapalooza music
Statesman Journal (Apr 17)

"Wulapalooza, a student-run event at Willamette University that joins music, art and Mother Earth, celebrates its sweet 16 this year.

The 12-hour festival will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday with activities organized by students, clubs and community groups, so come prepared for nonstop fun at this family-friendly festival. Activities range from face painting to a bike-powered blender, slip-n-slides and a buffalo wing contest."


Marion County Commissioner Janet Carlson fires back against negative campaign mailer
Statesman Journal (Apr 15)

"A U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1995 called McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission stated that denying a person the right to send anonymous campaign literature violated the first amendment, said Norman Williams, who specializes in election law at Willamette University...

State law requires that a donation of this kind be disclosed if it clearly identifies a candidate and recommends a course of action, like vote or don’t vote for this person.

'The context matters,' Williams said. 'If this isn’t urging the defeat of Janet Carlson, I don’t know what type of postcard would be deemed urging her defeat.'"


Combining careers: practicing lawyer is also a registered nurse
Statesman Journal (Apr 12)

"The Willamette University College of Law brought him to Salem, which he has called home ever since. He worked part-time at Salem Hospital while going to law school and clerked for Anunsen during his second year. He graduated in 1990 and began leveraging his knowledge of both professions to be successful in personal injury, medical negligence and wrongful death cases."

Crafting regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries takes experimentation
Statesman Journal (Apr 11)

"'You’re trying to put into fixed language a regulatory scheme that goes into a world that may look different in the future,' Willamette University law professor Paul Diller said. 'That’s why we need a well functioning legislative system so our Legislature can continue to revisit problems that arise from earlier Legislatures.'"

What will Supreme Court's refusal to hear gay marriage snub case mean for Oregon?
Statesman Journal (Apr 7)

"Steven Green, who directs Willamette University’s Center for Religion, Law and Democracy agreed.

'It has really no meaning,' Green said. 'You don’t know why they denied cert (a document seeking judicial review). If you want to try to read some tea leaves you could say that maybe the court thinks the Hobby Lobby decision (expected this summer) may address some of the questions that are presented in the wedding photographer case.'"


DE comes out with Mertens' support
ESPN (Mar 31)

"Mitch Eby, a junior defensive end at private Chapman University in Orange, Calif., found the courage to tell his teammates he is gay after a talk with Conner Mertens, the Willamette University kicker who announced in January that he is bisexual.

Eby reached out to Mertens for guidance before talking with his coach and teammates, and their discussion, Eby said, helped him deal with the stigma he carried about gay athletes."


Oregon students spend spring break transforming a Boise garden
KTVB.com (Mar 24)

"A dozen college students from Oregon are spending their spring break in Boise volunteering.

The Willamette University students are helping the Cathedral of the Rockies transform an empty parcel of land into a fruit orchard and walking garden. The land is at 11th and Fort streets."


Life advice from a Harvard mom
Statesman Journal (Mar 22)

"You have heard a lot from the self-appointed 'Princeton Mom' this past year who exhorts you and other young women to devote 75 percent of your energy in college to finding a husband. She warns that if you don’t snag an Ivy League husband before you graduate, you risk marrying a guy from a 'state school' who is not 'worthy' of you, or worse, finding yourself old, infertile and alone one day.

The 'Princeton Mom' assures you that she is sharing this advice with you because you are the daughters she never had. Fortunately, you and your girlfriends already have mothers, and we hope you will never forget what we have tried to teach you since the day you were brought into our arms and our lives."


Human trafficking a big problem, panel says
Statesman Journal (Mar 20)

"Whether they are undocumented immigrants exploited for their labor or youths from other states exploited for sex, human trafficking is a big problem in the Northwest, a panel at Willamette University concluded Thursday."


Science Night looks at decision making
Statesman Journal (Mar 19)

"'Science Night' is 7 to 9 tonight at Gilgamesh Brewing — The Campus, 2065 Madrona St. SE.

Emma Coddington, assistant professor of biology at Willamette University, will discuss how we make decisions, examining animal drive, emotion, abd problem-solving skills, as well as how humans weigh options, imagine potential outcomes and arrive at a choice."


Chemawa archives rich in history
Statesman Journal (Mar 17)

"Yearbook pictures, driver’s education classes and school dances have been cherished high school memories for generations in Salem-Keizer — even at a school that’s unfamiliar to many, Chemawa Indian School.

Willamette University Professor Rebecca Dobkins will share the school’s history from the 1880s to the present at a 7 p.m. talk on Wednesday at Salem Public Library."


ACLU responds to suspensions of McKay students over Twitter
Statesman Journal (Mar 15)

"Green raised further questions about whether the simple act of retweeting was enough to be considered as additional bullying.

'One student could have tweeted to another, 'Hey, did you see this? I can’t believe this,'' Green said as an example. 'Does that constitute additional bullying? Or what if they showed it to a parent? Or showed it on their phone to another student? Is any sharing or transmission the equivalent of bullying? School districts are going to be protective of their employees and claim it is bullying, but all of these are still very open questions in the law.'


Author speaks on immigrant rights at Willamette University
Statesman Journal (Mar 14)

"Seth Holmes said after a talk at Willamette University that some immigrant-rights advocates feel so strongly about his book that they raised the money to distribute copies to all 535 members of Congress, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

'Even though there are broad statements in the immigration debate about immigrants deserving this or not deserving that, their hope is that the stories I tell about actual individual immigrants will encourage some policymakers to talk about immigrants more as people,' said Holmes, a doctor and anthropologist who teaches at the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley.


Woodburn alumnus to attend global leadership conference
Woodburn Independent (Mar 12)

"'Last year was the first time ever that any individual from Willamette University had the opportunity to be a part of the Clinton Global Initiative,' Ayala said. It was Ayala’s good friend and fellow student Reynaldo Goicochea who attended last year.

But it is the strength of their project, Prisoner’s Poetry, that clinched their acceptance into the conference. Prisoner’s Poetry, founded last year by Goicochea with the help of Ayala, is a poetry class taught by Willamette University students to Latino inmates of the Oregon State Penitentiary."


Mid-Valley's 'Monuments Men' helped rescue plundered art from Nazis
Statesman Journal (Mar 9)

"Olbrantz met Sponenburgh in 1998, soon after coming to Willamette University’s new art museum. Olbrantz and art professor Roger Hull drove to Sponenburgh’s home on the coast for the first of many visits. Eventually the conversations turned from art to Sponenburgh’s work with the Monuments Men — especially his role in transporting priceless treasures from the Altaussee salt mine.

That connection sharpened Olbrantz‘s interest in the little-known story of how Europe’s art was saved during and after World War II. Olbrantz read an early book on the subject, Lynn H. Nicholas’ 'The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe’s Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War.' When Robert Edsel’s 'The Monuments Men' was published in 2009, Pam Olbrantz bought it for her husband, who devoured it.

The result was that Olbrantz brought Edsel to Willamette for a 2010 lecture, 'Is Art Worth a Life? Hitler, War and the Monuments Men.' Sponenburgh, 94 at the time, was too frail to attend. But the event closed a circle, honoring the Hallie Ford museum’s benefactor for his and his colleagues’ wartime service."


Liberal-arts consortium knits together 5 small colleges
The Seattle Times (Jul 21)

"The first class to be offered by the consortium is a three-week course on food systems that will be taught by Whitman, UPS and Willamette. Students will travel across the Northwest, visiting a wheat farm in the Palouse, urban farms in Tacoma and the Zena Forest & Farm owned by Willamette University as they learn about how food is grown and its impact on people, politics and the economy."


Why major party candidates want Independent nomination
Statesman Journal (Jul 11)

"There are other candidates who pursue the Independent Party nomination as a way to avoid a primary fight in their own party.

'If you have a crowded primary field that you don't think you can win but you do think you could win the general election, then you might pursue an Independent candidacy,' Buis Michaux said. 'The primaries tend to push candidates to satisfy an increasingly polarized base, but general elections — especially in moderate or close districts — are often about capturing the middle or independent vote.'"


David Sarasohn: The Hobby Lobby decision and the legal battles ahead
The Oregonian (Jul 4)

'Religious organizations exist to foster the interests of persons subscribing to the same religious faith. Not so of for-profit corporations. Workers who sustain the operations of those corporations commonly are not drawn from one religious community,' wrote Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in dissent. '... The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.'

The minefield leads directly toward us.

'I believe religious claimants now have a strong argument to raise that there is a federal constitutional basis' for breaking through state laws, Steven Green, professor of law and director of the Center for Religion, Law and Democracy at Willamette University, told the Statesman Journal. 'It's almost kind of a back door way of this applying to places like Oregon.'


Skipping performance reviews has few consequences
Statesman Journal (Jun 29)

"Susan Wilson, an associate professor at Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management, said feedback and performance management are hugely important, but annual reviews are just one way to accomplish that.

Managers need to set clear expectations, provide ongoing feedback and help employees work toward their goals, she said.

Some of the problem with performance reviews arises when some of that performance management hasn't been done, Wilson said. Workers may not understand their manager's expectations, or the manager may feel uncomfortable giving honest feedback."


The most important law you didn’t know about
Statesman Journal (Jun 20)

"'The importance of that attorney fee provision cannot be overstated,' said Gwynne Skinner, a law professor at Willamette University. 'In my own practice, I could tell you there were so many cases I wouldn’t have taken if I did not have the potential of recovering fees.'

Here’s how it works: Civil rights cases like the one argued earlier this year about the federal constitutionality of the Oregon law limiting marriage to one man and one woman are long, complicated legal fights that often come with plaintiffs who aren’t seeking monetary damages."


Willamette University biologists pull in some big bucks for science: science roundup (links, video)
The Oregonian (Jun 15)

"'The fact that our department — a very small group at only eight professors, working at a small liberal arts college — has received two Career awards in back-to-back years is, in my view, nothing short of extraordinary ... (T)he number of small liberal arts colleges where faculty have received funding through the Career program is very small indeed (Reed College is also a school with a Career award winner, Sarah Schaack),' Smith said in an email. 'To me, that we have been so successful in this competition positions Willamette as a national leader in the integration of teaching and research.'


Bringing sports to El Salvador
Orange County Register (Jun 11)

"[Tony Krikorian] and his former teammate at Willamette, Scott Schoettgen, traveled to El Salvador from Feb. 21 to March 9 to form the Central America Sports & Education Project.

The pair wanted to improve the quality and accessibility of sports in El Salvador, while focusing on three main issues: help alleviate gang violence, encourage female empowerment and increase access to education.

'We understand that sports is a very powerful tool to change not just individuals but also the community you live in, the city you live in,' said Krikorian, who currently serves as the wide receivers coach for the football team and assistant coach for the basketball team at Costa Mesa High."


Child refugees need legal help
Statesman Journal (Jun 11)

"Providing refuge to orphans and unaccompanied children is part of America's history and cultural heritage. For those who consider the arrival of the Mayflower the beginning of the creation of our nation, remember that the Pilgrims arrived in Plymouth nearly 400 years ago with two orphans in their care, as well as two unaccompanied children. Apparently, even America's earliest founders realized that, as noted by Mahatma Gandhi, 'A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.'

Warren Binford of Salem is an associate professor of law and teaches the child and family advocacy clinic at Willamette University College of Law. Email her at wbinford@willamette.edu."


Farmers face conflicting rulings on H-2A family housing
Capital Press (Jun 2)

"Administrative law judges with the U.S. Labor Department have made several contradictory rulings on the issue this year, and legal experts say farmers may not get any clarity on the matter until 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decides the issue. Such a decision, they say, may be a long time coming.

'That question won’t have a definitive answer until the 9th Circuit weighs in,' said Keith Cunningham-Parmeter, a labor law professor at Willamette University.

The disparate rulings 'seem to be crying out for guidance from the federal circuit court of appeals,' he said.


Richard Elliott's 'Primal Op' pops off the walls at Hallie Ford Musuem of Art
The Oregonian (May 30)

"Stand in front of Richard C. Elliott's "Medicine Hut" and let the colors talk to you. Now, aim a flashlight at the piece and they start yelling. Red! Yellow! Green!

Elliott, whose art pops off the walls of Salem's Hallie Ford Museum of Art, could not get enough light into his work. In addition to bright paint colors and meticulously drawn dots and lines, he doubled the fun, using hundreds of safety reflectors to bounce light back at viewers. Then, he added glitter. Think walk-up kaleidoscopes."


U.S. prosecutors investigate Oregon's failed health insurance exchange
Los Angeles Times (May 21)

"Willamette University law professor David A. Friedman, who has been closely following the problems with Oregon’s exchange, cautioned that it was impossible to determine the focus of the investigation at this early stage and noted that grand juries often do not return an indictment.

The subpoena 'is so broad that it is hard to tell if they’re looking for anything specific,' Friedman said. 'They may walk away from this, like a lot of grand juries do, and say we’ve done an investigation and there’s nothing here.... What they want to look at is – did anyone involved with this make any misrepresentations that would lead to a gain, either a corporate, a private or a personal gain?'"


Gay marriage now appears set in Oregon, but future legal clouds could appear
The Oregonian (May 19)

"Gwynne Skinner, a Willamette University law professor who has followed the gay marriage litigation, said she expects the court to move toward nationalizing same-sex marriage.

'I think the train has left the station," she said. "I just can't see a huge step back.'"


Salem songwriter finalist in Telluride competition
Statesman Journal (May 16)

"By day, Grainger is the vice president and executive assistant to the president at Willamette University. Prior to this career, she worked in Oregon state politics as a journalist, political advisor and legislative advocate.

'I work and I love what I do, but there are several aspects of my personality; one of them is being an artist,' Grainger said. 'If you work all the time and you don’t have an outlet, it goes away. You have to keep in touch with it — wake your muse — kickstart it and get it functioning.'"


UAA, Willamette University Partner To Offer New Law School Opportunity
Alaska Public Media (May 7)

"With over 150 Willamette law school graduates in Alaska, Periman says there should be plenty of externship opportunities.

'There’s a tremendously active alumni association here and an association that takes a lot of pride in giving new graduates a leg up,' Periman said.

Job prospects bode well for students who graduate from the program. For the class of 2013, Willamette ranks fifth in job placement among West Coast law schools."


Saturday proves Awesome day for race
Statesman Journal (May 5)

"Saturday was the Awesome 3000, an annual day of races for more than 3,000 kids of all grade levels throughout Salem and Keizer.

The race is held at the track on Willamette University Athletic Field and the trails of Bush's Pasture Park. It's not only a fun and challenging way to get kids up and moving, but also serves as a fundraiser for the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation and has become a Salem tradition."


Willamette’s new legal studies program targets non-lawyers
Statesman Journal (Apr 27)

"A new one-year master’s degree in legal studies at Willamette University, the first in the Northwest to offer it, will enable them and others like them to do their jobs better without having to become lawyers.

'This can fill a real need in a community like Salem,' said LaViolette, who also works part-time at the J.W. Long Law Library at Willamette.

'It sounds perfect for someone that isn’t able to make the time commitment to go to law school for several years, and who isn’t planning to practice law, but does need to understand the legal system. And it’s at a great location, within walking distance of most state agencies.'"

Learn more about the Master of Legal Studies Program.


Federal judge on same-sex marriage case has a lot to think about
Statesman Journal (Apr 25)

"Marriage is a public statement, which means it's protected under the 1st Amendment.

'You're making a statement of this is who I am and this is how I am holding myself out to the community,' Skinner said. 'You can't tell me I can't marry someone because of what it says about me.'"


Justice Derailed
Willamette Week (Apr 23)

"The oddity of Kowalczyk’s case has created difficult legal issues for federal judges weighing his actions and the U.S. attorneys trying to convict him: When does a defendant waive his right to a lawyer, a speedy trial or both?

Mosman ruled last year that Kowalczyk had lost his right to a lawyer only after he fired his eighth lawyer. The judge later appointed a ninth lawyer, who has since left the case.

'The right to counsel is a fundamental constitutional principle,' says Caroline Davidson, an assistant professor at Willamette University College of Law. 'Most courts would not do it lightly.'"


Run raises money for lymphoma group
Statesman Journal (Apr 19)

"On April 6, the Willamette University Theta-Delta chapter of Kappa Sigma hosted the Tracy Hoffman Memorial Run for Leukemia, a benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at Salem’s Bush’s Pasture Park and McCulloch Stadium.

You can’t be Out & About if you don’t participate, so I joined more than 300 participants, deciding to walk the 5K. I was quickly left in the dust by agile runners from the Willamette Running Club and those engaged in the competition among Willamette’s greek organizations."


Salem-area students share passions at Science Expo
Statesman Journal (Apr 17)

"Jason Niedermeyer, a biology teacher at South Salem High School, helped start the science festival, which he referred to as 'Darwin’s Discovery Day.'"

'Hair' as relevant today as it was in 1967
Statesman Journal (Apr 16)

"'It has such a cultural mystique. It is this radical piece of theater,' Kinsman Steck said. 'The average theatergoer in Salem is over 60. For the baby boomer generation, this play hits home, but at the same time there is this cultural memory of the piece that it is so radical. It is done in progressive high schools a lot these days.'

Another element to consider, Kinsman Steck said, is who attends.

'Who is there is also going to reflect the relevance of the piece,' Kinsman Steck said. 'It is one of the things that makes theater exciting. The reaction of audience is so radically important. Live music, theater, dancing, all interacting with each other and the audience. It is going to change every night.'"


Investing in Dreams: Northwest Programs Educate New Angels
Xconomy (Apr 14)

"The United States already has hundreds of angel groups—and many have always worked hard to educate potential investors. What’s new is that a few groups with the explicit intent to educate newcomers have taken root, particularly in the Pacific Northwest. “These are rare,” says Robert Wiltbank, a professor at Willamette University who studies angel investing and is a board member at the Angel Resource Institute. 'This is actually kind of a Northwest thing.'"

Willamette University hosting free Wulapalooza music and arts festival
The Oregonian (Apr 11)

"This year Wulapalooza is featuring a sonically and geographically diverse lineup, made up of Portland band Radiation City, Seattle hip-hop group The Physics, Walla Walla rock band Chastity Belt, New Orleans bounce artist Katy Red and New York City cave music trio Moon Hooch.

Willamette University musicians will put on a full set themselves, headlined by student band HD Laundry and jazz group [Deadly] Infunktion, who doesn't have much of an internet presence but apparently travelled to Nepal recently to play at the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory."


Innocence Project founder calls on Oregon stakeholders to come together to free wrongly convicted
Statesman Journal (Apr 9)

"Among the legal minds listening to Scheck speak were current Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Balmer, former Oregon Chief Justice Paul De Muniz, and the law school’s Dean Curtis Bridgeman.

De Muniz, who helped orchestrate Scheck’s appearance and introduced him, talked about how recent statistics demonstrate that the Innocence Project has exonerated 25 individuals in the first quarter of 2014 alone."


A Legacy of Place
Salem Weekly (Apr 1)

"'When the museum idea first was glimmering,' Hull recalls, 'I had no idea it would develop into such a significant cultural resource for Salem and the region.'

The institution gained momentum when Hallie Ford, who served on the board of trustees at Willamette University, provided funds for the purchase and initial renovation of the old telephone building at the corner of State and Cottage Streets.

Open six days a week, the Hallie Ford Museum is now the third largest art museum in Oregon."


Brahms concerto marks a high point of Willamette pianist's career
Statesman Journal (Mar 29)

"When Anita King looked for a way to cap her 33-year career as a Willamette University music professor, she thought big.

Bigger than a party. Bigger than a billboard. Bigger than a month in Europe.

She tackled the massive Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 — one of the giants of the piano repertoire. She’ll play it for the April 6 Salem Chamber Orchestra concert, where she’ll be the featured soloist."


Professor gets noticed for Supreme Court brief in Hobby Lobby case
Statesman Journal (Mar 23)

"When the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments Tuesday on whether two companies can opt out of providing contraceptive care for religious reasons, Willamette law professor Steven Green will be anxiously awaiting the audio.

The professor has never been employed by the cabinet company Conestoga Wood Specialties or the arts and crafts chain known as Hobby Lobby. And Green isn’t worried about his access to contraceptive coverage.

What he’ll be looking for in the recording is whether his arguments — filed with the court in an amicus brief — have had an impact on the anticipated swing vote, Justice Anthony Kennedy."


Oracle contract might prevent recovery of Cover Oregon costs
Statesman Journal (Mar 21)

"Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum may have a difficult road ahead if she decides to sue Oracle — the contractor hired to build the Cover Oregon website — given the way the state handled the contract with the company.

'It’s going to be a painstaking piece of litigation, which if it’s not settled, will take years to figure out,' said David Friedman, a professor at the Willamette University College of Law. 'This is the secondary mess the state has created.'"


Ukraine conflict threatens Willamette's exchange program
Statesman Journal (Mar 20)

"When Emily Guimont went from Willamette University to spend fall term at Taurida National University, Ukraine was not in the world headlines.

When Irina Balashova and Michail Pinkevych came from Taurida to Willamette earlier this year, Ukraine was in the headlines — but Simferopol, home of Taurida, was not.

What a difference a few months — or a few days — can make."


Willamette fraternity to sponsor memorial run as fundraiser for leukemia, lymphoma society
Statesman Journal (Mar 18)

"One Willamette University fraternity will be holding a memorial run April 6 to raise money for the Oregon Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The Tracy Hoffman Memorial Run is being sponsored by Willamette University’s Kappa Sigma Fraternity, but all community members are invited to join. The run will be held at Bush’s Pasture Park on April 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m."


Willamette University jazz lovers to teach, jam in Nepal
Statesman Journal (Mar 15)

"Nine Willamette University faculty and students will travel for 28 hours, across 13 time zones, to share their love of jazz with their counterparts in Nepal.

'They told us to expect to be shocked,' said one of the students, senior Sean Edging. 'I’m prepared for my musical concepts to change a lot — I’m not sure how.'"


Campaign finance now an election battleground
Statesman Journal (Mar 14)

"'An increasing number of these complaints smell of an opponent trying to gain a tactical political advantage by trying to smear or tar and feather their opponent with political laws,' said Norman Williams, who specializes in election law at Willamette University. 'It’s not enough to challenge your opponent on (his or her) education policy, you have to question (his or her) honesty.'"

Willamette Academy guides students to reach college
Statesman Journal (Mar 14)

"It wasn’t pluck, hard work or intelligence that changed Nati Zavala’s life.

Those things helped, but what really made the difference was a program that walked Zavala through every step of the way from seventh grade to college. Willamette Academy volunteers helped him with homework, challenged him to do better and held him accountable when he didn’t."


An inside look at Willamette University's secret side
Statesman Journal (Mar 9)

"The campus at Willamette University is alluring, if only because of the picturesque stream that curls through the 60-acre spread.

It also is inviting, not far from the heart of downtown Salem and right across the street from the State Capitol. Practically anyone can take in an exhibit at Hallie Ford Museum, grab lunch at Goudy Commons, or attend the symphony at Smith Auditorium."


Willamette University holds 12th annual Pow Wow
Statesman Journal (Mar 8)

"Men and women in traditional Native American regalia danced, sang and drummed at the 12th Annual Social Pow Wow at Willamette University Saturday.

The event is a social opportunity for different tribes to join together and celebrate their history. It was also an event to honor Native American educators, namely April Campbell, Oregon’s first Indian education specialist.

Co-coordinators and Willamette students Felicia Garcia and Sara Cordes said this year’s event brought a surprising turnout. There were 23 vendors in all, and some had to be turned away."