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June 15, 2012

Oregon Law to welcome new faculty in 2012-13

The University of Oregon School of Law will welcome two new permanent faculty members, Erik Girvan and Elizabeth Tippett, beginning in the 2012-13 academic year.

Girvan earned his Ph.D. in Social and Political Psychology from the University of Minnesota and his J.D from Harvard Law School. While at Harvard Law, he served as an editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal and a student advocate representing low-income clients in housing court at the Wilmer Hale Legal Services Center.

Girvan has practiced complex commercial litigation at Faegre & Benson LLP, now Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, for seven years. He has litigated more than 100 cases involving consumer protection statuses, financial services contracts, business torts, corporate governance and insurance coverage. In 2008, he was recognized among the top 2.5 percent of young Minnesota lawyers.

Girvan was drawn to Oregon Law’s reputation and community of faculty, staff and students. “Everyone has been helpful, candid, shown a strong commitment to the school and greater community, and grounded. That is the sort of professional community I want to join,” he said.

His research investigates social stereotypes’ impact on decisions in the legal system and how to eliminate those effects. He also works to develop strategies for using insights, methods and findings of social science to address problems of legal policy.

Girvan will teach Civil Procedure, Law and Psychology, and Remedies.

Tippett also earned her J.D. at Harvard Law where she served as the outside training director for the Harvard Mediation Program and articles editor for the Harvard Negotiation Law Review. She has served as a research associate for the Harvard Negotiation Project and taught various negotiation-related courses for students and practitioners.

Prior to joining the Oregon Law faculty, Tippett worked as an employment law attorney at Wilson Sonsini Godrich & Rosati where she represented technology companies in federal and state court in litigation relating to trade secret misappropriation, employment contracts and employment discrimination.

Her research focuses on employment law and dispute resolution. Her research on compelled whistleblowing has been cited in various books and articles. Her most recent article, “Robbing a Barren Vault: The Implications of Dukes v. Wal-Mart for Cases Challenging Subject Employment Practices,” is published in the May 2012 Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal.

Tippett is excited to join the Oregon Law faculty and is eager to work with its unique student body. “I couldn’t be more excited and honored to be joining the faculty. I was struck by the students at Oregon Law; Oregon Law seems to attract a rare breed of emotionally intelligent law students, which I think breeds a very unique student culture,” she said.

Tippett will teach Negotiation and Appropriate Dispute Resolution Survey, and Employment Law.

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