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September 23, 2013

Generous gift to support Legal Research and Writing

Oregon Law's Legal Research and Writing Program has received a gift of $850,000 to establish the Morris J. Galen Fund. The gift will support enhanced opportunities for student writing. 

One of the first initiatives to spring from the Galen Fund is an annual appointment — the Galen Scholar in Legal Writing. The Galen Scholar will be an Oregon Law faculty member committed to promoting excellence in student writing. The person will hold a one-year appointment, with a different theme designated for each year. The goal of the Galen Scholar Program is to stimulate and support research and programming related to law student writing, and to expand the writing pedagogy of all law school faculty. This year, the theme is Enhancing Writing for Upper-Level Students.

Another initiative supported by the Galen Fund is the expansion of upper-level writing courses. For the 2013-14 academic year, Oregon Law has added three new sections of Writing in Law Practice. Each section is taught by an accomplished attorney who is active in practice. Another new course, Writing Colloquium, is being offered by full-time faculty in the fall and spring to provide small groups of students multiple opportunities to receive intensive feedback on a range of documents.

The Morris J. Galen Fund was established by a large group of alumni and friends to honor Mr. Galen's service to the legal profession and his life-long commitment to excellence in legal writing. "Morrie," the largest contributor to the fund, is a 1950 graduate of Oregon Law who graduated at the top of his class. Mr. Galen is a founding partner at Tonkon Torp.

The Legal Research and Writing Program at Oregon Law has been nationally recognized since its inception in 1978. Its founding director was Professor Emerita Mary Lawrence; the current director is Suzanne Rowe. The current faculty include LRW Professors Joan Rocklin, Megan McAlpin, Liz Frost, and Rebekah Hanley (on leave to serve as the school's Assistant Dean for the Career Center). They are joined this year by Visiting Professor David Cadaret.

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