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Edward J. Harri

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs; Professor of Legal Writing

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As a law student at Willamette, Edward J. Harri was comment editor for the Willamette Law Review. After graduation, he studied at George Washington University National Law Center and worked as a law clerk for the Oregon Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. In 1977, he served as a deputy district attorney for Linn County and 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.

In 1986 Harri earned a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Willamette University College of Law and has served as a mediator and arbitrator. He began teaching Legal Research and Writing in 1986. He has taught Advanced Legal Research and teaches Professional Responsibility. He served as associate dean from 1994 to 1996. He is currently serving as assistant dean for student affairs. Harri has been active in several professional organizations and Oregon State Bar committees including as a member of the Legislative Committee of the Workers' Compensation Section. He recently was a member of the Appellate Court Settlement Conference Committee. He is a current member of the Appellate Process Review Committee. He is also a member of the Amicus Committee of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. He has written in various fields, edited the Oregon State Bar’s Appeal and Review handbook, and has spoken to various groups on legal topics. He is the Moot Court advisor and has been honored for his contribution to the program. He also advises the Student Bar Association and is Chair of the University’s Standards of Conduct Committee. In 1998, he was selected by students as Teacher of the Year.

Professor Harri passed away on March 1, 2020


  • JD, Willamette University
  • MSAS, Montana State University
  • BA, Walla Walla College
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