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From bank teller to VP: MBA leads alumna to executive ranks

01.10.2022 | Jennifer Johnson

Jasmine Ames MBA ’18 planned on pursuing a healthcare career but the MBA changed her mind.

Jim Griggs '71, JD'75 and Bob Saalfeld JD'74 spent the last 40 years working together at their law practice, Saalfeld & Griggs, in Salem.

Saalfeld and Griggs take a break

02.16.2018 | Sarah Carlson

After practicing together for 40 years, the two prominent Salem attorneys make retirement their resolution for the new year.

Third-year JD/MBA student Andy Blevins serves the LGBTQ military community through his work as an extern at OutServe-SLDN.

Law student and veteran serves LGBTQ military community through fall externship, work on transgender ban lawsuit

11.06.2017 | Sarah Carlson

Third-year JD/MBA student Andy Blevins’ first encounter with OutServe-SLDN occurred while he served in the military. From 2007-11, he was a cryptologic technician for the Navy.

Judge Beth Allen JD'96 was surprised with the OGALLA Community Service Award at the organization's annual dinner October 20. She also won the Chief Justice's Juvenile Court Champion Award in August.

Judge Beth Allen JD’96 wins recent awards

11.02.2017 | Sarah Carlson

Judge Beth Allen JD’96 now knows how well her friends can keep secrets from her. The Willamette Law alumna was surprised this fall with not one, but two awards for her work in the community and judiciary.

Erin Greenawald JD'98 (middle), domestic violence resource prosecutor for the Oregon Department of Justice, conducts a training on domestic and sexual violence at the Sexual Assault Training Institute. Pictured with her is Steve Bellshaw, deputy chief of the Salem Police Department, and Jodie Bureta JD'03, former Marion County District Attorney's Office prosecutor and now an employee of the Department of Justice.

Willamette Law alumna seeks to make an impact in domestic violence prosecution

11.01.2017 | Sarah Carlson

Although born and raised in Newport, Oregon, Erin Greenawald JD’98 would tell you she “grew up,” professionally, in the Marion County District Attorney’s (MCDA) office.

Marie Watt artist at work

Sewing new and old tales into familiar fabrics

07.20.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

In her latest work, acclaimed Native American artist Marie Watt ’90 explores the symbiotic relationships between humans and the natural world.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown appointed two Willamette Law alumni to open judge positions this week.

Two Willamette Law alumni appointed judges

07.13.2017 | Sarah Carlson

Steven R. Powers JD’01 was named to position seven on the Oregon Court of Appeals, and Christopher A. Ramras JD’96 was named to position 15 on the Multnomah County Circuit Court.

Naomi Haslitt JD'07 was named to the 2017 Forty Under 40 list by the Portland Business Journal.

Naomi Haslitt JD’07 named one of “Forty Under 40” by Portland Business Journal

06.26.2017 | Sarah Carlson

Haslitt was the only person on the list with a Willamette University or Willamette Law education.

Second-year Jackie Sandmeyer is a part-time Willamette Law student who received the Bill and Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship from OGALLA.

Rising 2L Jackie Sandmeyer awarded Shepherd Legal Scholarship

05.08.2017 | Sarah Carlson

Jackie Sandmeyer works full-time and goes to law school, dedicating most days to the LGBTQ community and constantly striving to find ways to give back.

Salem attorney Jennifer Brown JD'08 (far right) stands with her Willamette Law student mentees (l to r): 2L Brittany Sumner, 1L Will Riddell, and 3L Shelby Thomas.

Willamette Law chooses Attorney Mentor of the Year

04.14.2017 | Sarah Carlson

Willamette Law named Salem attorney Jennifer Brown its Mentor of the Year at a reception April 5.

Nani Apo JD'13 earned her JD and certificate in dispute resolution from Willamette Law and now works for the Oregon Department of Justice.

Certificate in Dispute Resolution beneficial for all law students, alumnae say

03.31.2017 | Sarah Carlson

Working as a receptionist at a veterinary hospital in Portland, Nani Apo JD’13 heard all kinds of complaints.

Willamette Law's Jonathan Mayes JD'87 appointed chief diversity officer for Albertsons Cos.

03.15.2017 | Sarah Carlson

Mayes has worked for Safeway and Albertsons since 1994.

bicycle trip

Seven countries in one summer

03.06.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

Photos, letters from 1954 Willamette student bike trip are available in university archives.

Willamette Law’s Chad Sleight JD’03 was appointed Clark County (Washington) District Court judge, beginning the position in March 2017.

Willamette Law’s Chad Sleight JD’03 appointed Clark County (Washington) District Court judge

02.15.2017 | Sarah Carlson

The Clark County council appointed Sleight to the position after interviewing four candidates. He begins in March.

The Scale of Justice rests in a courtroom.

Willamette Law alumnus Trevor Stephens ’81, JD’85 reappointed to Superior Court in Ketchikan, Alaska

01.04.2017 | Sarah Carlson

The appointment was made in late December of 2016 by Alaska Chief Justice Craig Stowers and will be for a one-year term, eligible for reappointment.

Willamette Law alumnus Paul Stritmatter JD'69

Small-town whirlwind makes waves on Washington coast

12.21.2016 | Andrew Faught

The long and impactful career of Paul Stritmatter JD'69 proves you don't have to live in a large metropolis to make it big.

Valeri Love and Megan Livermore

OSB award winners include Willamette Law alumnae

12.09.2016 | Sarah Carlson

The Honorable Valeri L. Love MBA'92, JD'95 and Megan I. Livermore JD'05 were honored at an awards luncheon Dec. 8.

David M. Goldthorpe

Willamette Law's Goldthorpe JD'09 appointed to Malheur County district attorney

12.08.2016 | Sarah Carlson

Gov. Kate Brown appointed Willamette Law alumnus David M. Goldthorpe J’'09 to Malheur County district attorney Dec. 2.

TaB Jill Summers

After the Break

11.29.2016 | Marc Covert

Four alumni share how the Take a Break program expanded their worldviews and inspired careers focused on social justice.

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)

2016 Election results for Willamette Law graduates

11.09.2016 | Sarah Carlson

College of Law alumni running in the Nov. 8 elections saw both wins and losses in the polls.

Sharon Holbrook

Sharon Holbrook JD’01 appointed to Colorado district judgeship

10.06.2016 | Sarah Carlson

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Willamette Law alumna Sharon Holbrook JD’01 to district judge for the Colorado District Court in the 17th Judicial District.

Danny Santos

Willamette Law's Danny Santos JD'86 named to Southern Oregon University Board of Trustees

10.05.2016 | Sarah Carlson

The Oregon Senate confirmed Danny Santos JD’86, Willamette alumnus and former associate dean for student affairs and administration, to the Southern Oregon University Board of Trustees on September 22.

Jim Green

Willamette Law's Jim Green JD'91 named executive director of Oregon School Boards Association

09.27.2016 | Sarah Carlson

Dr. Doug Nelson, president of the OSBA Board of Directors, said Green is uniquely qualified for the position.

Jim and Pat Averill

College of Law donors invest in value of moving forward

09.12.2016 | Sarah Carlson

Consistency has proven key for Jim Averill, ‘70, JD’73 and his wife, Pat. For 34 years, the Averills have given to the Willamette University Law Annual Fund, with 27 of those years being consecutive.

Steven Williams

Willamette Law's Steven Williams JD’96 promoted to assistant vice president and associate counsel

08.31.2016 | Sarah Carlson

In his new position, Williams will lead the ISG Legal department, supporting The Standard and The Standard Life Insurance Company of New York.

John B. Kern

Willamette Law's John Kern JD/MM’94 goes head-to-head with International Olympic Committee

08.19.2016 | Sarah Carlson

At the last minute, dual US/Kenya citizen Carvin Nkanata was denied entry into the Rio Olympic Games. Willamette alumnus John Kern took the case, jumped through legal obstacles of Olympic proportions, and finished first to save the dream of a world-class athlete.

Valhalla Gorge

In nature's grip

08.01.2016 | Julie H. Chase

Filmmaker John Waller ’98 journeys into uncharted territory to share stories of discovery, beauty and love.

Willamette University Double Alumnus Theodore Sims vested as new Washington County Circuit Court judge

Lorenzo Williams JD'77 receives National Bar Association Award for Civil Rights

05.02.2016 | Patrick Riedling

Law graduate recognized as pioneer who demonstrates concern for human and civil rights has history of significant litigation wins and community involvement

Terry Wright

Theresa Wright JD’81 receives Multnomah Bar Association Pro Bono Award

04.04.2016 | Patrick Riedling

Willamette Law’s director of externships and alumna recognized for dedication and service

Hon. Paul De Muniz

Hon. Paul De Muniz JD’75 honored with Literacy Trailblazer Award

03.31.2016 | Patrick Riedling

Former OSC Chief Justice and Willamette Law’s Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence and alumnus has history of giving back to community

Swift Current and Sheldon Kennedy at WIllamette

NHL player Sheldon Kennedy brings Swift Current to Willamette, highlights impact of sexual abuse on survivors

03.23.2016 | Patrick Riedling

Willamette University hosts special Q and A with Kennedy after documentary screening

Willamette University Double Alumnus Theodore Sims vested as new Washington County Circuit Court judge

Theodore Sims '77 JD'80 invested as new Washington County Circuit Court judge

03.21.2016 | Patrick Riedling

Investiture Ceremony Honors Willamette University Double Alumnus

Ricardo Larios MAT ’07

Ricardo Larios MAT '07 wins state teaching award

01.11.2016 | Erin Dahl

Larios wins the Milken Award and a $25,000 prize.

Cuno ’73 addresses ISIS campaign

11.09.2015 | Tina Owen

Cultural destruction threatens world heritage.

Willamette alumnus named leader of independent colleges alliance

11.04.2015 | University Communications

Ron Saxton '76 will lead the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities.

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