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Salem attorney returns to Willamette to teach immigration law

by Sarah Bello,

Local attorney Terrence Green JD’11 returns to his alma mater this fall to teach Immigration Law. 

Terrence Green
Terrence Green

“I am very excited to share my knowledge of immigration law and advocacy for immigrant communities with law students,” Green says. “My goal is to teach the black letter law and take them on a journey of what it is like to navigate the immigration process as a new immigrant.”

A first-generation immigrant himself, Green says his experience, along with nearly 10 years of practice, will be an asset to students who take the course.

Green owns Terrence Green Law LLC in Salem, which focuses on immigration, personal injury and car accidents. He has dedicated his entire legal career to helping individuals and families through difficult times. Over the last decade, he has helped hundreds of clients successfully resolve legal challenges, working hard to ensure their rights are protected.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Professor Green back to his alma mater,” College of Law Dean Brian Gallini says. “I know our students are going to benefit significantly from his impressive experience. Our institution is lucky to benefit from his contributions.” 

Green was born and raised in Jamaica and the Caribbean. He attended Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Mass., before earning his law degree at Willamette Law in 2011. 

During law school, Green worked at both the Oregon Department of Justice and the Bonneville Power Administration. During his third year, he also served as the editor-in-chief of the Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution. 

As a student, Green recalls seeing the Willamette motto — Non nobis solum nati sumus, "Not unto ourselves alone are we born" — inscribed on campus.

“The phrase has stuck with me over the years, and I try to apply it in my work as an attorney,” Green says. “The privilege to practice law is not just for our individual benefit but also for making the world a better place. I hope to impart the importance of this to the students that I teach.”  

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