W. Warren H. Binford

Professor of Law, Director of the Clinical Law Program

Warren Binford is an internationally recognized children's rights scholar and advocate who holds a tenured position as Professor of Law and serves as the Director of the Clinical Law Program at Willamette University. Professor Binford renovated Willamette’s entire Clinical Law Program in 2005, and founded Willamette's Child and Family Advocacy Clinic, which has provided pro bono legal support to children and families in crisis, as well as guidance on legislation and public policy.  

Professor Binford was selected as both a Fulbright Scholar in 2012 in South Africa and the inaugural Fulbright Canada-Palix Foundation Distinguished Visiting Chair in Brain Science and Child and Family Health and Wellness in 2015 at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, where she researched the multidisciplinary effects of child sex abuse trauma on survivors. She has provided expertise and support to Save the Children, the International Red Cross, the International Criminal Court, the Japan Red Cross, the Croatia Red Cross, and the Dutch National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence against Children, among many others. Professor Binford has served as a licensed foster parent, Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children, and inner city teacher in South Central Los Angeles, Boston, and London. 

In addition to her child advocacy and scholarship, Professor Binford is an experienced corporate attorney and negotiator who spent eight years at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP where she specialized in corporate transactions and litigation. She has continued her corporate practice by founding and teaching the Business Law Clinic at Willamette, which provides pro bono legal services to nonprofit organizations and emerging businesses in Oregon.

Professor Binford is admitted to practice law in California, Oregon, the United States District Court, Eastern and Northern Districts of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Oregon from 2006-2011.

She has published nearly 60 law review articles, book chapters, essays, NGO publications, and editorials and has given approximately 150 presentations, primarily on topics related to children's issues, throughout the country and around the world.   She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A., summa cum laude with distinction, and an Ed.M. from Boston University. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  

In her free time, Professor Binford is an avid snowboarder, hiker, backpacker, and mountain climber.



The Flores Exhibit #69

The Flores Exhibit #69

TEDx Talk: Sex, Porn & Manhood

Designing Your Curriculum to Maximize Student Learning

Professor Warren Binford's Fulbright semester in Africa

How to Be the World's Best Law Professor

The Need for Legal Representation of Unaccompanied Children

How to Be the World’s Best Law Student


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Education

  • JD, Harvard University
  • EdM, Boston University
  • BA, Boston University, Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with distinction

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Other Notable Works

Editorials and Non-Academic Essays

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