Willamette Law has welcomed six new professors to the faculty. This is the first year that the school has hired a law library director and an associate professor of law. The school has also signed a partnership with the University of Alaska Anchorage. Its Signature Strengths Initiative is a part of the university’s historically progressive approach to legal education.
Associate Professor of Law David A. Friedman commented on the lawsuit brought against Oracle by the state of Oregon. Additionally, Professor Symeon C. Symeonides has drafted legislation for three states and for the European Union. He is also one of six American professors who teach in the Hague Academy of International Law.
As of this year, the law library will be closed for the moving process, but it is expected to reopen on May 30. Students can access the gateway pages on the website to view faculty and staff information. The new home includes grand architecture and brand new classrooms.
In addition to signing the partnership agreement, Willamette Law has appointed three faculty members to named professorships. One of these is the Lindsay and Corinne Stewart Professorship in Humanities, which totaled $2 million. Another is the Roderick and Carol Wendt Chair in Business Law. And yet another is the Health Law Certificate, which prepares students for an evolving health care industry.
Two of the new professors will teach courses in civil procedure, land use law, and regulation of money. The third is an adjunct professor of immigration law. Additional faculty members include Stephanie Davidson, who will serve as the law library director, and Dustin Buehler, who will teach Civil Procedure in the fall.
One of the most prestigious faculty members at Willamette Law has just stepped down. For over a decade, Rob Wilcox has been dean of the school. During his tenure, he has had a profound impact on the college. Among other things, he has helped to implement the signature strengths program.
In the spring of 2021, Justice Adrienne Nelson will deliver the keynote speech at the Spring commencement ceremony. She will also lead a symposium on the rule of law in the U.S. and post-conflict countries.
At the same time, the Board of Trustees has promoted 10 professors across the university to tenure. These promotions come just a month after the school’s most outstanding professors were recognized with individual awards.
One of the other outstanding professors is the current Director of Academic Excellence, Professor Kelly Gamble. Shelley has published five articles in the top 15 law reviews in the last five years. Additionally, she has received several Breakthrough Faculty Awards for her teaching.
Other professors who have recently been appointed to named positions at the School of Law include Professors Elizabeth Chambliss, Robin Morris Collin, and Symeon C. Symeonides. Several faculty members will be visiting this semester to share their expertise. Several have authored books on topics related to the 2021 rule of law index.
Willamette Law is proud of its commitment to academic excellence and the future of the law profession. Students are encouraged to seek out available resources and take advantage of the opportunities presented to them.