Michael B. Wise

Professor of Law

  • JD Stanford University
  • BA Yale University

Faculty Profile


  • BA (History), l968, Yale University.
  • JD, l97l, Stanford University Law School.

Honors, etc.

  • Summer 1966: Operation Crossroads Africa.
  • Summer 1969: Hague Academy of International Law (Public International Law).
  • 1970: Six-month internship, Center for Law and Social Policy, Washington, D.C.
  • 1998: Fulbright Senior Scholar, University of Namibia.

Teaching Positions

  • 1985-present: Professor of Law, Willamette University College of Law, Salem, OR.
  • 1981-1985: Associate Professor, Willamette University College of Law, Salem, OR.
  • l974-l977: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Notre Dame Law School.
  • Summer Program: East China Institute of Politics and Law, Shanghai, China. Subjects Taught: Civil Procedure, Comparative Constitutional Law, Constitutional Law (I & II), Human Rights, Constitutional Law of Namibia, Foreign Relations Law, Law and Education, Trial Practice, Civil Rights Clinical Internship; Equal Employment Opportunity.

Professional Experience

  • l977-l98l: Trial Attorney, General Litigation Section, Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice.
  • l973-l977: Assistant Director, Notre Dame Center for Civil Rights.
  • l97l-1973: Attorney-Advisor, United States Commission on Civil Rights.

Other Activities, Memberships, etc.

  • 2001-2002: Faculty Personnel Committee (Chair), Faculty Recruitment Committee, Law and Government Committee, International and Comparative Committee.
  • 2000-2001: Faculty Personnel Committee (Chair), Faculty Recruitment Committee, Law and Government Committee, Public Law/ Law and & Government Search Committee.
  • Past: Academic Affairs Committee (chaired), Curriculum Committee (chaired), Minority Student Committee (chaired), University Student Affairs Committee, Board of Trustees Student Affairs Committee.
  • 1996-2001: Public Defender Committee, State of Oregon. Appointment by Chief Justice Wallace P. Carson, Jr., to a four year term commencing January 17, 1996, and reappointed in 2001. The Oregon Legislature eliminated the Public Defender Committee in the Summer of 2001.
  • Oregon Legal Services Corporation: President, Board of Directors, l985-87; Member, Board of Directors, l98l-89, 1991.
  • Northwest Human Services, Inc.: President, Board of Directors, 1989-Oct. 1995; Vice President, 1995-98. Treasurer, 1999-2002. Member, Board of Directors, l987-present.
  • Northwest Health Enterprises, Inc.: Member, Board of Directors, 1988-97.
  • South Salem High School, Local School Advisory Committee: Chairperson, l985-86; Member l983-86.
  • Bar Memberships: State Bar of California (Since 1972, presently inactive); Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States (since 1979); Inter-American Bar Association (since 1989), President, Committee II, Constitutional Law (1996-1998), Vice President, Committee II, Constitutional Law (1993-1996).

Recent Presentations

  • “Cuban Constitutionalism: Will There Be Changes?” paper given at the seminar Current Constitutional Issues in the Americas held at Duquesne University Law School (November 9-10, 2012).
  • “The Role of Judicial Review in Cuba-United States Reconciliation,” paper at the 2000 meeting of the Latin American Studies Association, Miami (March 16-18, 2000).
  • “The Consulta Popular in Ecuador,” paper at the XXXII Conference of the Inter-American Bar Assoc., Quito, Ecuador (November 1995).
  • “Comments on the New Constitution of Peru,” paper at the XXXI Conference of the Inter-American Bar Assoc., San Juan, Puerto Rico (June 1994).
  • “Court-Packing in Nicaragua and the Independence of the Supreme Court,” paper at the XXX Conference of the Inter-American Bar Assoc., Santiago, Chile (April 1993).
  • “The Nicaraguan Constitution: An Introduction,” paper at the XXVII Conference of the Inter-American Bar Association, Cartagena, Columbia (May 1989).
  • “Factors Affecting the Time Needed to Resolve Dissolution Cases in Oregon,” (with Simoni and Finigan) Report to Chief Justice Edwin Peterson, Oregon Supreme Court (1988).
  • “Court Annexed Arbitration in Lane, Linn-Benton, and Multnomah Counties: A Report to the Commission on the Judicial Branch,” with Simoni (January, l987).


In reverse chronological order.

  • "Constitutions and Control of the Military: Can the Experience of the Americas Assist the Middle East?" 48 WILLAMETTE L. REV.  497 (2012).
  • "Judicial Review and Its Politicization in Central America: Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Constitutional Limits on Presidential Candidates," 7 Santa Clara J. Int’l L. 145 (2010).
  • “Cuba and Judicial Review,” 7 SW. J. L. & TRADE IN THE AMERICAS 247-266 (2000).
  • “Nicaragua: Judicial Independence in a Time of Transition,” 30 WILLAMETTE L. REV. 519-579 (1994).
  • “Toward Differential Case Management--Predictive Factors and Analysis in Oregon Dissolution Cases,” with Simoni and Finigan, 27 WILLAMETTE L. REV. 51 (1991).
  • “Litigant and Attorney Attitudes Toward Court-Annexed Arbitration: An Empirical Study,” with Simoni and Finigan, 28 SANTA CLARA L. REV. 543 (1988).
  • “Northern Lights: Equal Protection Analysis in Alaska,” 3 ALASKA L. REV. l (l986).
  • “Discovery of Experts: A Call for Change in Oregon,” with Alexander, 20 WILLAMETTE L. REV. 223 (l984).
  • Desegregation in Education: A Directory of Reported Federal Decisions. Notre Dame Center for Civil Rights (l977).
  • “Desegregation in Education: A Legal Bibliography,” 52 NOTRE DAME L. 733 (l977).
  • Beyond Civil Rights: The Right to Economic Security. Notre Dame Center for Civil Rights (ed. l976).
  • Continuing Challenge: The Past and the Future of Brown v. Board of Education. Notre Dame Center for Civil Rights, H. Glickstein & M. Wise ed. l975).
  • “School Desegregation: The Court, the Congress, and the President,” 82 SCHOOL REV. l59 (l974). [Univ. of Chicago]
  • “Congress, Busing and Federal Law,” CIVIL RIGHTS DIGEST (Summer, l973).
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