Willamette Law hosts ‘A Conversation with Senator Murkowski’

by Logan English,

  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski sits on a chair in front of a lecture hall as Dean Bridgeman introduces her.
    Dean Curtis Bridgeman (left) introduces Sen. Lisa Murkowski JD'85.
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski stands with a group of Willamette students from Alaska.
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski JD'85 stands with a groups of Willamette students from Alaska.
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski greets two students with a handshake.
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski JD'85 greets two students with a handshake.
  • Paulus Lecture Hall is packed with students and people listening to Sen. Lisa Murkowski who is speaking.
    Paulus Lecture Hall is packed with people listening to Sen. Lisa Murkowski JD'85.

Willamette University College of Law’s Federalist Society and Women’s Law Caucus co-hosted “A Conversation with Senator Murkowski” — a reception and Q&A event with Senator Lisa Murkowski JD’85 — on Nov. 2.

Nearly 150 students, faculty and staff attended the event held in Paulus Lecture Hall at the College of Law. Jeffrey C. Dobbins, associate professor of law, moderated the discussion and Q&A.

Prior to the event, students submitted questions for the Q&A portion of the evening. Sen. Murkowski answered a handful of questions that touched on various topics, including a senator’s role in advice and consent of a Supreme Court nomination, how she speaks to her Republican colleagues regarding climate change and why it is so important — and often challenging — for women to be involved in public office.

Sen. Murkowski concluded the discussion with a final message to Willamette’s students: “Believe in yourself and what this education has given you.”

After the discussion and Q&A portion, Sen. Murkowski shared dinner and conversation with current law students from her home state of Alaska.

Willamette University College of Law extends its gratitude to Sen. Murkowski for returning to campus and sharing her expertise and experiences with students, faculty and staff.

About Willamette University College of Law

As the first law school in the Pacific Northwest, Willamette University College of Law boasts an innovative program designed to prepare leaders in government, private practice, and business with the lawyering skills needed in the 21st Century. Willamette Law’s small class sizes foster an interactive learning environment among our diverse student population with a thriving externship and clinical program, ample practical skills courses, and a new Business Lawyering Institute. With a “one student at a time” placement approach, our students are given individualized development plans and tools for success in today's legal job market. In recent years, outside industry watchers such as Moody’s and The National Jurist Magazine have recognized Willamette Law for its positive job placement results. Willamette lawyers are the best dealmakers, problem solvers, community leaders, and change-makers in the most innovative and exciting region in the country. Our location — nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley and across the street from the Oregon State Capitol, Supreme Court and many state agencies — is an advantage that cannot be matched anywhere in the region.

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