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Willamette Lawyer Fall 2021

Brian Gallini

Dean's Message

A message from Willamette College of Law Dean and Professor Brian Gallini.

Willamette Law highlights Signature Strengths Initiative

Willamette Law is pleased to announce the Signature Strengths Initiative in keeping with its historically progressive approach to legal education.

Attorney-Mentor Program turns 30

Willamette Law celebrates three decades of making connections in the legal community.

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$2M gift to expand Willamette Law's experiential learning

With $2 million now earmarked for the Martin R. Wolf Curricular Innovation Fund, Wolf’s donation will help provide the support needed to grow experiential learning opportunities at Willamette Law.

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Willamette Law grads form Racial Justice Task Force

After the diploma privilege ruling, members of the class of 2020 used bar study time to contribute to the profession and inform the conversation on racial justice in Oregon.

Willamette Law launches new direct admission programs

Willamette Law is offering new direct admission programs benefiting students from the University of Alaska Southeast, the University of Alaska Anchorage, Portland State University and Willamette University.

Developing leaders in the law

With a unique and individualized approach to legal education, Willamette Law aims to graduate students who are ready to practice law and be leaders in the field.

A COVID commencement

Willamette Law Keynote Speaker, Faculty Member of the Year, and Class of 2021 Valedictorian named.

New faces in the Dean’s Suite

After an eventful year, Willamette Law is pleased to announce new faculty appointments and transitions.

New Chair takes the reins of the Leadership Cabinet

Nancy Schierhorn JD’86 took the reins of the Leadership Cabinet this spring from Mark Hoyt JD’92.

Symeonides completes a 30-year project and 7 books in 7 years

Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law Symeon Symeonides has completed a 30-year project. Widely described as the world's leading expert on comparative conflicts law today, Symeonides has also completed seven books in the last seven years.

Professor Warren Binford accepts endowed chair at University of Colorado

It is with mixed emotions that Willamette Law shares the exciting news that international children’s rights expert Professor Warren Binford has been named to an endowed chair position at the University of Colorado, effective July 1, 2021.

Nafziger remains an international law force

Professor Jim Nafziger recognizes the importance of international and comparative law experience for all law students.

Late Professor Gwynne Skinner’s book published

Skinner, an immigration, refugee and human rights law professor, died in December 2017 after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.

Reflecting on the legacy of Justice Hans Linde

Hans A. Linde, longtime instructor at Willamette University College of Law, left an indelible imprint on the legal community in the state of Oregon.

Wolff puts JD/MBA to use at Sarcos Robotics

Sarcos makes robotic systems to enable the workforce with solutions enhancing productivity, reducing injuries and equalizing employment opportunities for jobs that can’t be automated. Julie Wolff JD/MBA’95 has been chief legal officer for Sarcos since 2015.

2020 State Bar Presidents

Hear from two Willamette Law alumni who served as their state’s bar president during a year unlike any other.

Prosecuting homicide during the pandemic

As a deputy county attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, Lou Giaquinto JD was working on a murder trial with another prosecutor when the world paused.



Life trustee, trailblazing lawyer and dedicated community leader leaves a legacy of innovation and service.

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Order in the Court

This section includes some Willamette Law graduates recently appointed to, elected to or retired from judicial positions, although it is not a comprehensive list. Many Willamette Law alumni serve or have served in judicial positions across the country.

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