Justin L. Simard

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

Professor Justin Simard is a visiting member of the Willamette University College of Law faculty. Professor Justin Simard is teaching Secured Transactions, Sales, and Contracts this year at Willamette. He is a legal historian, whose work examines the role that the legal profession has played and continues to play in shaping American commerce. In the nineteenth century, the commercial role of lawyers brought them into direct contact with slavery, and Professor Simard's research also examines the legal system's support for slavery and its contemporary legacy.

Professor Simard received his J.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, clerked on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals for the Honorable Dolores K. Sloviter, and has held fellowships at the Northwestern University Center for Legal Studies and the University at Buffalo’s Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy."


  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, PA (History), 2016
  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, PA Magna Cum Laude, 2011
  • B.A., Rice University in Houston, TX (History), 2006

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