Legal Research and Writing Instructors Receive Award of Excellence

The College of Law’s four Legal Research and Writing instructors received an Award of Excellence at a university-wide faculty awards ceremony, held Jan. 30, 2007, on the Willamette University campus. Edward J. Harri JD'73, M.H. “Sam” Jacobson, Helen L. Mazur-Hart JD'83 and Jennifer B. Todd JD'83 received the Jerry E. Hudson Award for Excellence in Teaching, which is named in honor of former Willamette University President Jerry E. Hudson. College of Law Dean Symeon C. Symeonides presented the award, which celebrates distinguished teaching and leadership.

In addition to teaching Legal Research and Writing, Edward J. Harri serves as assistant dean for student affairs. After earning his law degree from Willamette, Harri worked as a law clerk for the Oregon Supreme Court and the Oregon Court of Appeals. In 1977, he was deputy district attorney for Linn County and then entered general private practice in 1980. From 1988 to 1991, he served as a full-time and pro-tem hearings referee for the Oregon Workers' Compensation Board. Harri earned a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the College of Law in 1986, the same year he began teaching at the college.

M.H. Sam Jacobson

M.H. Sam Jacobson joined the Willamette University College of Law faculty in 1989. She teaches Legal Research and Writing and Administrative Law, and she provides academic support to law students. Jacobson earned her law degree from the University of Iowa. From 1976 to 1981, she practiced with Dreher, Wilson, Adams, Jensen, Sayre and Gribble in Des Moines, specializing in legislative and administrative law. From 1981 to 1989, she was an attorney and assistant counsel for Standard Insurance Company in Portland. In the spring of 2006, Professor Jacobson taught as a Fulbright Scholar in the Law Department of the University of Sofia in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Helen L. Mazur-Hart

Helen L. Mazur-Hart did graduate study at the University of California–Berkeley and then taught high school in Lincoln, Neb., and Saginaw, Mich. She later served as a community mental health advocate for patients. A graduate of Willamette’s law school, Mazur-Hart worked as a law clerk to Justice Wallace P. Carson Jr. JD’62 of the Oregon Supreme Court for three years before joining the College of Law faculty in 1987. She teaches Legal Research and Writing and coordinates the Oregon Supreme Court oral arguments held annually at the college. She also served as secretary-treasurer of the Willamette University Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa from 2001 to 2006.

Jennifer B. Todd

After earning her law degree from Willamette, Jennifer B. Todd focused the first 20 years of her legal career in the area of probate, wills, trusts and related matters. She has been an attorney in private practice and served as circuit court judge pro tem for the Marion County Probate Court from 1994 to 2000. After joining the College of Law faculty in 2003, Todd served on the study committee for the Uniform Trust Code in Oregon, which was enacted and signed into law in 2005. She also was instrumental in creating the Marion County Indigent Guardianship Program.