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October 10, 2008

Oregon Department of Corrections Director Max Williams Speaks at Knight Law Center October 14

Oregon Law’s Public Interest Public Service program, the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, the National Lawyers Guild, and the Portia Project are hosting a forum featuring Max Williams, director of the Oregon Department of Corrections, at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 14, in Knight Law Center 175.

Williams’s presentation will describe the work of the DOC and focus on the impact that the passage of either of two competing ballot measures, Measure 57 or Measure 61, would have on Oregon’s prison population and the state’s budget.

Williams’s interest in corrections grew through his legislative responsibilities, where he became very familiar with the policy issues facing the agency and the larger public safety issues facing the state. He has worked closely with the DOC and the public safety community on a number of issues and is a strong advocate of evidence-based programs in corrections.
 
Born and raised in Bend, Oregon, Williams earned his undergraduate degree in information management from Brigham Young University. He worked in the computer industry for both IBM and IBM business partner companies before attending law school at Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1991.
 

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