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Equity, Justice & Engagement

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Committed to Justice & Equity

We are committed as an institution to our shared responsibility to make a difference in society and to place justice, fairness, and equality at the heart of everything we do.

Our commitment to anti-racism at Willamette Law

Racial Justice Task Force Launched

Willamette Law building

Law Faculty adopts Statement on Racism, Hate, and Violence

Partnership with AccessLex expands Willamette Law’s direct admissions pathways

Immigration Law Clinic provides 'critical' experience for developing law students

Law Faculty Ends Conditional Scholarships

Exploring new paths to attorney licensure

Ongoing Actions in Our Community

  • Institutional Equity Committee
    Willamette College of Law building

    This College of Law Committee includes staff, students, and faculty in a role that will (a) consider proposals to implement likely revisions to ABA Standard 303(c) requiring schools to provide bias training and education to law students, cross-cultural competency, and racism), (b) identify institutional mechanisms for implementing our faculty resolution reflecting our community's commitment to anti-racism, (c) serve as a resource for other committees and entities in order to incorporate considerations of equity into WUCL programs and initiatives, and (d) serve as a focus for other community activities and initiatives intended to support programs of equity and inclusion at the College.

  • LexScholars

    Willamette Law joins LexScholars, an initiative launched by AccessLex Institute designed to enhance law school diversity. The LexScholars program offers promising underrepresented candidates whose applications did not make the initial cut--but who complete the program--guaranteed admission and an accompanying scholarship. Brian Gallini, the dean and a professor at the Willamette University College of Law, told Reuters that “this partnership is squarely in line with our fundamental goal to create equity across everything we do.”

  • Faculty Development Conversation Series

    Willamette University College of Law’s Faculty Development Conversation Series is a semi-monthly forum where faculty meet to workshop ideas around research and scholarship, teaching, and service. Most recently, the Law faculty participated in a live webinar discussing what law professors should and should not do when they make a mistake or a comment in the classroom that is racist/ sexist/ homophobic/ classiest/ ableist or otherwise offensive.

  • Student Bar Association adds VP of Equity

    Changing the SBA Constitution for the first time since 1996, the Willamette University College of Law student body voted in favor of the addition of a Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion to the SBA Executive Committee. Current student Brooke Trujillo now serves as the first VP of Diversity & Inclusion. At the time of her election, she said: "I feel so honored that the EDI Committee has the confidence in me to represent their voices on the SBA Board. Every student should feel free to approach me about anything they think can better our diverse legal community[,] [e]specially if students want to talk about ways to ensure that our community has the tools to create classroom environments in which all our students feel seen, heard, valued, and respected."

Curricular Highlights

Hon. Darlene Ortega

Access to Justice

Dr. Nicholas Grier

Critical Race Theory

Beth Zilberman

Immigration Justice Clinic

Sarah Purce

Immigration Law

Laura Appleman

Race and the Law

In The News

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October, 2022

Examining the Bar

January, 2022

Oregon Supreme Court Opens Door for Alternatives to Bar Exam

January, 2022

What will it take to build an Oregon where Black Men Can Thrive?

November, 2021

Willamette Law Joins Lexscholars

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