Before landing at Willamette Law, Marti McCausland worked in recruiting and development at Tonkon Torp, a large Portland law firm. There, she hired law students and lawyers, ran the summer associate program, and trained lawyers, creating a great segue into her position as associate director of Placement at the College of Law. At Willamette, she helps students find success in legal employment both in school and following graduation.
McCausland grew up west of Portland and earned a bachelor’s degree from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She returned to Portland and worked as a software developer for more than seven years, but went back to the East Coast after that and decided to attend law school. She earned her JD from Fordham College of Law in New York City. There, she worked in public interest law during the summers and helped create a Street Law chapter. After graduation, she came home to Oregon and worked in patent law at Intel and Marger Johnson McCollom prior to joining Tonkon Torp.
McCausland is a member of the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association and Oregon Women Lawyers. She likes volunteering and has been a volunteer night clinic attorney at Saint Andrew Legal Clinic and a mock trial coach at Jefferson High School in Portland. She also served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for two children in the foster care system in Multnomah County and as a mentor for Minds Matter of Portland, helping a disadvantaged student apply and earn a full-ride scholarship to a private liberal arts college. In her spare time, McCausland enjoys performing improv comedy.
- JD, Fordham University, 2003
- BA, Smith College, 1992