The Willamette University College of Law recently announced six new additions to its faculty. The new additions represent expertise in several areas of law. The new professors bring international experience, a global outlook, and an innovative approach to education.
The College of Law is home to a variety of award-winning faculty members. Some of the most prominent include Symeon Symeonides, who is recognized as one of the top legal scholars in the world. In addition to his teaching, he has drafted legislation for three states, and participated in the drafting of two international conventions.
The College of Law also offers a number of experiential learning opportunities. For example, the Willamette Law Externship Program offers students a chance to observe and interact with the real-life processes of a law firm. As part of the program, students have the opportunity to ask questions and watch real cases be debated in front of a judge. This experience allows students to practice their legal skills while earning valuable on-the-job experience.
Other notable additions to the College of Law include a new 4+3 partnership with Western Oregon University, a post-baccalaureate program, and a health law certificate. Additionally, the school is in the process of launching a new 3+3 program with Portland State University. The program is designed to expand access to Alaskan students and help them pursue a career in law.
The Willamette University College of Law is known for its pioneering approach to legal education. Its curriculum is focused on preparing students for the changing world of legal practice. In recent years, the College of Law has made its mark by posting top employment numbers in Oregon six times. The class of 2021 overcame a number of obstacles to achieve a passing score on the bar exam.
The College of Law also announced that David A. Friedman will join its ISG Legal department. He will support the Standard Life Insurance Company in Oregon. He commented on the escalating legal tactics being used in the Oregon v. Oracle lawsuit. This is the first time a Willamette Law faculty member has spoken publicly on the subject. He has also served as a contributor to The Standard and as a columnist for the Wall Street Journal.
The College of Law also added a new multimedia storytelling tool to its website. The site includes interactive videos, audio clips, and other content for both students and faculty. The Willamette University website gateway pages will soon be retired.
In honor of Martin Luther King Day, the Willamette Law faculty and staff hosted a celebration. In addition to sharing their own stories, the law school community praised the accomplishments of former governor Jay Inslee JD’76 and former mayor of Keizer Eleanor Beatty.
The Willamette Law class of 2020 was well-versed in the legal and political landscape of racial justice in Oregon. The students also used their bar study time to make a difference in their profession. The Willamette Law Bruce Spaulding Trial Competition took place on September 14 and featured third-year law students competing against each other.