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February 22, 2013

Alumna Named ‘Professor of the Year’ at Western State College of Law

Myanna Dellinger ’08 is honored with award after first year of teaching

Myanna Dellinger, Oregon Law ’08, began her career as a communication and interpretation specialist. In 1997, she founded and managed her own interpretation company, WordFlows LLC, and taught English as a second language at the University of California, Irvine. 

It was at WordFlows that Dellinger became interested in the legal process; she served as a courtroom interpreter where she was able to observe the inner workings of the legal system. After being encouraged by the lawyers with whom she worked, Dellinger applied to law school.

“I was attracted to Oregon Law because of its well-known environmental law program,” said Dellinger. “I have always loved hiking, traveling and being outdoors, so pursuing environmental law complemented my personal interests.”

While at Oregon Law, Dellinger discovered that she also had an interest in international law, and worked extensively with Professor Svitlana Kravchenko to develop her skills outside the classroom by participating in an externship with the United Nations and serving as a research assistant for Kravchenko’s own research projects. Dellinger received a certificate in environmental law and graduated first in her class.

After graduating from Oregon Law, Dellinger clerked for a year with the Hon. Procter Hug, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. It was during this time that she began to realize that her true calling was in the classroom.

“I have always enjoyed academic challenges and environments,” said Dellinger. “Returning to teaching felt like a natural step.”

Dellinger applied to teach courses at various law schools throughout southern California and was contacted by Whittier Law School to assume a visiting professor position; she taught at Whittier for one year until she was offered a tenure track professorship at Western State College of Law.

After teaching first-year contracts at Western State for only one year, Dellinger was presented with the school’s professor of the year award: a student nominated honor.

“I love working in academic environments, such as Western State, because I get to interact with so many smart people on a daily basis; it’s inspiring,” said Dellinger.

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