SALEM, OREGON 97301-3922

Telephone: (503) 370-6402

URL: http://www.willamette.edu/wucl


ABA Approved Since 1938


Willamette University is the West’s oldest university, celebrating its 160th year in 2002. An independently-supported institution founded by missionaries, it bears the name of one of Oregon’s great rivers and is historically related to the United Methodist Church. Willamette is located in Salem, the state capital. The 61-acre campus is home to the College of Liberal Arts, the George H. Atkinson Graduate School of Management, the School of Education, and the College of Law. Total enrollment is 2500 students.


Established in 1883, the College of Law holds an honored place in Oregon history. It is the oldest law school in the region and the second oldest in the western United States. Its total enrollment of 435 makes it one of the smaller schools in the West. It gained American Bar Association accreditation in 1938 and membership in the Association of American Law Schools in 1946. Willamette boasts over 4,000 alumni, including 34% of Oregon’s judiciary. Historically, about 60% of the graduating class choose private practice. Each year, about 25% of the class accept judicial clerkships.


Willamette offers only a full-time day program. In 2007-2008, over 1200 students competed for 160 first-year seats. In the class, 91 colleges are represented. 44 percent of the students are women; 21 percent are students of color. Average age of the entering class is 26. There are a variety of student groups including the Multi-Cultural Law Students Association, Environmental Law Society, Federalist Society, Women’s Law Caucus, Prime Time Christian Fellowship, Public Interest Law Project, Lambda Legal Organization, Black Law Students Association, and Computer Law and Intellectual Property.


Access to clerking opportunities and legal research is outstanding. Salem is one of two cities on the West Coast that is home to both a law school and to state government. Adjacent to the campus: State Supreme Court and State of Oregon Law Library, Court of Appeals, the Governor, and the Legislature. Nearby: Circuit Court, District Court, Municipal Court, and State Tax Court. Federal courts are in Portland, 45 minutes north, and in Eugene, one hour and 15 minutes south. Virtually all state agencies are headquartered in Salem, including the Oregon Department of Justice.


More than 100 courses are taught by 25 full-time faculty, four Legal Research and Writing professors, two clinical professors, and several adjunct professors. Faculty research interests include international and comparative law, conflicts of law, dispute resolution, and commercial law and business law, among others. The law school also houses the Oregon Law Commission, which is the official law-reform agency of the State of Oregon.


A traditional approach to legal education is favored, but aspects of the program are distinctive. Students select an elective in the spring semester from Negotiation I, International Law & Dispute Resolution, Introduction to Business Law & Lawmaking Process. The curriculum after the first year is elective with exception of Constitutional Law II, Evidence and Professional Responsibility.


Through the Center for Dispute Resolution, students learn dispute resolution methods: client counseling, negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. Centers for Law and Business and International and Comparative Law have also been established. A certificate in dispute resolution is an option within the academic program. Certificate programs are available to the students in Business Law, International and Comparative Law and Law and Government.


Students admitted to the College of Law and the Atkinson School may pursue a joint degree, enabling the simultaneous receipt of the Doctor of Jurisprudence and Master of Business Administration in four years. The Atkinson School is the only graduate program in the nation accredited by the leading accrediting bodies in both business administration and public administration. The joint degree is a basis for careers in law, business, government and not-for-profit agencies.


Willamette offers summer study at the East China University of Politics and Law in Shanghai. Students study Chinese legal theory and history, observe a trial and a mediation, visit a prison, and meet with officials involved in trade and investment in addition to more traditional course work. The school also participates in an exchange program in Quito, Ecuador and a cooperative program at Buceruis Law School in Hamburg, Germany.


Many third-year students select courses in skills training such as trial practice, negotiation, arbitration and mediation. Other students choose to participate in the Willamette Clinical Law program. Second- and third-year students may participate in a wide variety of Moot Court competitions or write for the school’s Willamette Law Review or Willamette Journal of International and Dispute Resolution.


Dean: Symeon C. Symeonides (503) 370-6402

Director of Admissions: Carolyn Dennis (503) 370-6282

Financial Aid: (503) 370-6273

Law Librarian: Richard Breen (503) 370-6386

Center for Dispute Resolution Director: Richard Birke (503) 370-6046

Center for Law and Business Director: Peter V. Letsou (503) 370-6402

Center for the Study of Religion, Law and Democracy Director:

Steven K. Green (503) 370-6732

Center for International and Comparative Law Director:

James A.R. Nafziger (503) 370-6408

Center for Law and Government Director: Norman R. Williams (503) 370-6190

Career Services Director: Phylis Myles (503) 370-6057

Director of Development: Mike Bennett (503) 370-6492




SYMEON C. SYMEONIDES, (Law Professor), born Cyprus, April 28, 1949; Education: University of Thessaloniki Law School (LL.B., 1972; LL.B., 1973); Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1974; SJD, 1980). COURSES:Conflict of Laws, Comparative Law, International Litigation, Civil Law, Property. Email:symeon @ willamette.edu


LAURA I. APPLEMAN, (Law Professor), born New York, N.Y., July 25, 1972; admitted to bar, 2000, New York. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1994; M.A., 1994); Yale University (J.D., 1998). COURSES:Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Sentencing. Email:appleman @ willamette.edu


W. WARREN H. BINFORD, (Law Professor), born April 30, 1967; admitted to bar, 1999, California; 2006, Oregon. Education: Boston University (B.A., 1989; Ed.M., 1993); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Civil Practice Clinic, International Children’s Rights, Externship Seminar. Email:wbinford @ willamette.edu


RICHARD BIRKE, (Law Professor), born Lowell, Massachusetts, November 30, 1960; admitted to bar, 1986, Massachusetts. Education: Tulane University (B.A., 1982); New England School of Law (J.D., 1986); Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1991). COURSES:Negotiation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, Advanced Topics in Conflict Theory. Email:rbirke @ willamette.edu


RICHARD F. BREEN, JR., (Law Professor), born Providence, Rhode Island, August 1, 1940; admitted to bar, 1968, Maine; 1969, New Hampshire. Education: Dartmouth College (A.B., 1962); University of Maine School of Law (LL.B., 1967); University of Oregon (M.L.S., 1973). Email:dbreen @ willamette.edu


GILBERT PAUL CARRASCO, (Law Professor), born California, June 16, 1953; admitted to bar, 1979, California; 1980, District of Columbia. Education: Chami Nade University; University of San Diego (B.A., 1975); University of Santa Clara (J.D., 1978); Georgetown University Law School (LL.M., 1979). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Civil Rights Litigation, Public Law and Policy. Email:carrasco @ willamette.edu


VINCENT CHIAPPETTA, (Law Professor), born Detroit, Michigan, June 23, 1951; admitted to bar, 1977, Arizona; 1994, California; 1994, Oregon. Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S.E.E., 1973); University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1977). COURSES:Intellectual Property, Patent Law, Science, Technology and the Law, Business Planning. Email:vchiappe @ willamette.edu


DAVID S. CLARK, (Law Professor), born San Diego, California, November 24, 1944; admitted to bar, 1972, California. Education: Stanford University (A.B., 1966); Stanford Law School (J.D., 1969; J.S.M., 1972). COURSES:Comparative Law, Procedure, European Union Law. Email:dsclark @ willamette.edu


ROBIN MORRIS COLLIN, (Law Professor), born September 3, 1954; admitted to bar, 1980, Arizona; 1999, Oregon. Education: Colorado College (B.A., 1976); Arizona State (J.D., 1980). COURSES:Remedies, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, Global Sustainability. Email:rcollin @ willamette.edu


SHELASWAN BUSHNELL CRIER, (Law Professor), born Lake Charles, Louisiana, January 1975; admitted to bar, 2006, Texas. Education: Rice University (B.A., 1999); Yale University Law School (J.D., 2005). COURSES: Law and Education, Criminal Law.


KEITH CUNNINGHAM-PARMETER, (Law Professor), born August, 1973; admitted to bar, 2002, California; 2003, Oregon. Education: University of Oregon (B.A., 1996); Stanford Law School (J.D., 2002). COURSES:Contracts, Labor Law, Employment Law, Employment Discrimination. Email:keithcp @ willamette.edu


CAROLINE DAVIDSON, (Law Professor), born Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 16, 1973; admitted to bar, 2001, California. Education: Princeton University (B.A., 1995); Harvard Law School (J.D., 2000). COURSES:Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, International Criminal and Humanitarian Law. Email: cdavidso @ willamette.edu


PAUL A. DILLER, (Law Professor), born 1974; admitted to bar, 2002, New Jersey; 2003, New York. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.S., B.A.S., 1996); University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 2001). COURSES:Property, Real Estate Transactions, State and Local Government. Email:pdiller @ willamette.edu


JEFFREY C. DOBBINS, (Law Professor), born 1967; admitted to bar, 1994, West Virginia; 2002, Oregon. Education: Harvard College (A.B., 1989); Duke University (J.D., M.E.M., 1994). COURSES:Administrative Law, Appellate Process, Civil Procedure, Federal Courts. Email:jdobbins @ willamette.edu


MEYER EISENBERG, (Law Professor), born Brooklyn, New York, December 15, 1931; admitted to bar, 1960, New York. Education: CUNY Brooklyn College (B.A., 1953); Columbia University (L.L.B., 1958). COURSES: Securities Regulation, Selected Issues in Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance. Email: meisenbe @ willamette.edu


DAVID A. FRIEDMAN, (Law Professor), born May 6, 1972, Bridgeport, Connecticut; admitted to bar, 2002, New York; 2006, Oregon. Education: Yale (B.A., 1994); Yale Law School (J.D., 1999). COURSES:Contracts I, II, Business Organizations. Email: dfriedma @ willamette.edu


KATHY T. GRAHAM, (Law Professor), born Yuba City, California, November 14, 1947; admitted to bar, 1972, California; 1982, Oregon. Education: University of California, Berkeley (A.B., 1969); University of California School of Law, Davis (J.D., 1972). COURSES:Torts, Domestic Relations. Email:kgraham @ willamette.edu


STEVEN K. GREEN, (Law Professor), born Texas, September 14, 1955; admitted to bar, 1981, Texas; 1987, Alaska; 1990, Minnesota; 1992 Maryland. Education: Texas Christian University (B.A., 1978); University of Texas (J.D., 1981); University of North Carolina (Ph.D., 1997). COURSES:Constitutional Law, First Amendment, Legal History. Email:sgreen @ willamette.edu


RICHARD B. HAGEDORN, (Law Professor), born Portland, Oregon, July 23, 1948; admitted to bar, 1973, Oregon. Education: Oregon State University (B.S., 1970); Willamette University College of Law (J.D., 1973). COURSES:Commercial Paper, Contracts, Commercial Transactions. Email:rhagedor @ willamette.edu


EDWARD J. HARRI, (Law Professor), born Duluth, Minnesota, July 8, 1946; admitted to bar, 1973, Oregon. Education: Walla Walla College (B.A., 1968); Montana State University (M.S.A.S., 1970); Willamette University College of Law (J.D., 1973). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing, Professional Responsibility. Email: eharri @ willamette.edu


MARCIA J. (SAM) JACOBSON, (Law Professor), born Watertown, South Dakota, September 24, 1950; admitted to bar, 1976, Iowa; 1982, Oregon. Education: University of Oregon (B.S., 1972); University of Iowa (J.D., 1976). COURSES:Legal Research and Writing, Administrative Law. Email:sjacobso @ willamette.edu


TIMOTHY P. KELLY, (Law Professor), born Leavenworth, Kansas, November 1, 1949; admitted to bar, 1987, Kansas. Education: University of Kansas (B.A., 1973); Emporia Kansas State University (M.L.S., 1975); Washburn University (J.D., 1987). COURSES:Advanced Legal Research. Email:tkelly @ willamette.edu


PETER V. LETSOU, (Law Professor), born May 10, 1961; admitted to bar, 1988, New York. Education: Harvard University (B.A., 1983); University of Chicago (J.D., 1986). COURSES: Corporations, Securities Regularities, Mergers and Acquisitions. Email: pletsou @ willamette.edu


HANS A. LINDE, (Law Professor), born Berlin, Germany, April 15, 1924; admitted to bar, 1951, Oregon; retired Justice, Oregon Supreme Court. Education: Reed College (B.A., 1947); University of California, Berkeley (J.D., 1950). COURSES:State Constitutional Law. Email:hlinde @ willamette.edu


HELEN L. MAZUR-HART, (Law Professor), born Helena, Montana, August 2, 1947; admitted to bar, 1983, Oregon. Education: Mills College (B.A., 1969); Willamette University College of Law (J.D., 1983). COURSES:Legal Research and Writing. Email: hmazur @ willamette.edu


JAMES A. R. NAFZIGER, (Law Professor), born Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 24, 1940; admitted to bar, 1967, Wisconsin. Education: University of Wisconsin (B.A., 1962; M.A., 1969); Harvard University (J.D., 1967). COURSES:International Business Transactions, Comparative Law, Conflict of Laws, International Law and Dispute Resolution, Immigration Law. Email:jnafzige @ willamette.edu


TERRANCE O’REILLY, (Law Professor), born Chicago, IL., 1956; admitted to bar, New York, Illinois. Education: Williams College (B.A., 1978); Stanford University (Ph.D., 1988); Yale Law School (J.D., 1995). COURSES:Federal Income Tax, Business Entities Tax, Corporate Finance. Email:toreilly @ willamette.edu


EDWIN J. PETERSON, (Law Professor), born Gilmanton, Wisconsin, March 30, 1930; admitted to bar, 1957, Oregon; retired Chief Justice, Oregon Supreme Court. Education: University of Oregon (B.S., 1951); University of Oregon School of Law (LL.B., 1957). COURSES:Pre-Trial Civil Litigation. Email:epeterso @ willamette.edu


DEAN M. RICHARDSON, (Law Professor), born Warsaw, New York, August 17, 1943; admitted to bar, 1970, New York; 1984, Oregon. Education: University of Rochester (A.B., 1966); Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., 1969). COURSES: American Indian Law, Sports Law, Torts. Email:drichard @ willamette.edu


SUKHSIMRANJIT SINGH, (Law Professor), born Khanna Punjab, India, January 1, 1982; admitted to bar, 2006, Supreme Court of India. Education: National Academy of Legal Studies & Research (B.A., 2005; LL.B., 2005); University of Missouri-Columbia (LL.M., 2006). COURSES: Mediation, Negotiation. Email: singhs @ willamette.edu


GWYNNE L. SKINNER, (Law Professor), born Des Moines, Iowa, July 17, 1964; admitted to bar, 1991, Iowa; 1994, Washington; 2002, Oregon. Education: University of Northern Iowa (B.A., 1986); University of Iowa (J.D., 1991; M.A., 1993); University of Oxford (M.St., 2007). COURSES: Civil Practice Clinic. Email: gskinner @ willamette.edu


SUSAN L. SMITH, (Law Professor), born Whittier, California, October 31, 1953; admitted to bar, 1980, Colorado; 1981, District of Columbia; 1991, Oregon. Education: Reed College (B.A., 1976); Harvard University (J.D., 1980; M.Public Policy, 1980). COURSES:Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Criminal Law, Environmental Criminal Enforcement. Email:smiths @ willamette.edu


JEFFREY STANDEN, (Law Professor), born Boston, Massachusetts, February 27, 1960; admitted to bar, 1986, Virginia. Education: Georgetown University (A.B., 1982); University of Virginia (J.D., 1986). COURSES:Criminal Procedure, Advanced Criminal Law, Evidence, Jurisprudence. Email:jstanden @ willamette.edu


YVONNE A. TAMAYO, (Law Professor), born Havana, Cuba, March 27, 1955; admitted to bar, 1994, District of Columbia; 1998, Florida. Education: Louisiana State University (B.S., 1977); Universite’ De La Sorbonne (L.C., 1978); Loyola Law School (J.D., 1987). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Federal Courts, Professional Responsibility. Email:ytamayo @ willlamette.edu


JENNIFER B. TODD, (Law Professor), born Eugene, Oregon, July 3, 1956; admitted to bar, 1983, Oregon. Education: Whitman College (B.A., 1978); Willamette University College of Law (J.D., 1983). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing. Email: jbtodd @ willamette.edu


LEROY J. TORNQUIST, (Law Professor), born Chicago, Illinois, April 2, 1940; admitted to bar, 1965, Illinois; 1981, Oregon. Education: Northwestern University (B.S., 1962; J.D., 1965). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Evidence, Trial Practice. Email: ltornqui @ willamette.edu


VALERIE J. VOLLMAR, (Law Professor), born Corvallis, Oregon, October 21, 1946; admitted to bar, 1975, Oregon. Education: University of Oregon (B.A., 1968); Willamette University College of Law (J.D., 1975). COURSES: Trusts and Estates, Property. Email:vvollmar @ willamette.edu


NORMAN R. WILLIAMS, (Law Professor), born Phoenix, Arizona, November 19, 1969; admitted to bar, 1996, New York; 1998, District of Columbia. Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1991); New York University (J.D., 1995). COURSES:Constitutional Law, Administrative Law. Email:normanw @ willamette.edu


MICHAEL B. WISE, (Law Professor), born Wilmington, Delaware, January 8, 1946; admitted to bar, 1972, California. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1968); Stanford University (J.D., 1971). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Human Rights, Comparative Constitutional Law. Email:mwise @ willamette.edu