Willamette Law faculty appointments and transitions

by Willamette University College of Law,

  • Willamette University's Truman Wesley Collins Legal Center

After an eventful year, including welcoming a new dean, securing diploma privilege for the 2020 graduates and launching the three-lane approach to delivering this academic year’s education, among many other highlights, Willamette Law is pleased to announce new faculty appointments and transitions.

  • The appointment of Professor Karen Sandrik to associate dean for faculty
  • The appointment of Professor David Friedman to associate dean for strategic initiatives
  • The transition of Dean Laura Appleman from associate dean for faculty back to the full-time faculty as Van Winkle Melton professor of law and university research integrity officer.

Professor Karen Sandrik

Karen Sandrik HeadshotSandrik joined the faculty in 2012. Her research focuses on the intersection of commercial law and intellectual property law. She teaches contracts, secured transactions, sales, deals and other courses. She is also co-director of the Willamette Business Lawyering Institute and director of the Certificate Program in Law and Business.

In her new role, she will be charged with further developing the College of Law’s already robust scholarly culture alongside growing its intellectual life. She will do so, in part, by supporting faculty across a broad range of initiatives, including promoting the law school’s faculty through national organizations, creative media and social media opportunities.

“Willamette Law has an outstanding scholarly faculty that cares deeply about our students. My new role as associate dean for faculty is simple — support the faculty,” Sandrik said. “One exciting part of this new role is to help ensure that our community knows what individual faculty members are researching and writing about. From the role of the jury in society to the role of coinage in the U.S. national debt crisis — and everything in between — our faculty has a lot of important and fun research and ideas to share.”

Professor David Friedman

David Friedman HeadshotFriedman, who joined Willamette Law in 2008, teaches commercial law, business law, torts and consumer trade practices law. He publishes research on behavioral economics, contract theory, advertising law and public health.

He received the university’s Robert L. Misner Award for Law Faculty Scholarship in 2019 and the Jerry E. Hudson Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012. As associate dean for strategic initiatives, Friedman will be working to help the law school’s culture drive toward proactive, forward-thinking and data-driven initiatives, while helping to leverage strategic partnerships across the Willamette campus, the region and the nation.

“From the outset, Dean Brian Gallini has set a high bar for us as faculty to think about how Willamette can challenge conventional thinking and serve as a beacon of new thinking in legal education,” Friedman says. “It's exciting to have an opportunity to have a leadership role in that effort.”

Dean Laura I. Appleman

Laura Appleman HeadshotDean Appleman served as associate dean for faculty research for the past five years. In 2020, she was appointed associate dean for faculty, as well as university research integrity officer. After a sabbatical, she will step down as dean and continue in her positions as Van Winkle Melton professor of law and university research integrity officer.

Appleman teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, family law and sentencing law and policy. She joined the Willamette Law faculty in 2006.

“It was a great honor to be the inaugural associate dean for faculty,” Appleman says. “Helping guide the law school through not only a decanal transition but also the myriad challenges of pandemic learning was a difficult but deeply rewarding job. I look forward to returning to the faculty and focusing on my scholarship.”

About Willamette University College of Law

Willamette University College of Law became the first law school in the Pacific Northwest when we opened our doors in 1883. Our location in Salem, Oregon, directly across the street from the Oregon State Capitol and Supreme Court, is an advantage that cannot be matched anywhere else in the region. Our thought-leading scholars advance and promote the shared responsibility we have to make a difference in society, which is why justice, fairness, and equality lie at the heart of everything we do.

We produce the best problem solvers, community leaders, legal deal-makers and change-makers in the most innovative and exciting region of the country. We have had three straight years of remarkable growth in academic achievement as measured by bar passage rates and consistently have the highest graduate employment rates among all Oregon law schools — including among the best on the West Coast.

We are a dynamic force within our university’s vision of an “Only at Willamette” education and have worked to develop one of the most forward-thinking, creative programs in the country. Our student-centric approach manifests in the robust experiential learning opportunities we provide alongside curricular strengths in public service, business law, advocacy, international law and health law.

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