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July 2, 2014

Kristie Gibson ’98 named director of expanded LL.M. Program

Gibson to lead program into new concentrations including American Law and Business Law

The University of Oregon School of Law welcomes alumna Kristie Gibson as the school's new LL.M. (master of laws) program director starting July 1.

Gibson is a “Double Duck” having earned her undergraduate ('94 ) and J.D. ('98) degrees  from the University of Oregon. She also holds a LL.M. in Transnational Law from Willamette University College of Law.

kristie_gibson_small"I am delighted that Kristie Gibson has accepted our offer to serve as the law school’s new LL.M. program director," said Eric Priest, LL.M. faculty director. "This is an important moment in the program’s development and Gibson has an incredible wealth of relevant international law and business experience, and has an outstanding reputation and record of service in the Oregon Bar."

Under Gibson's leadership, the law school's LL.M. program, which currently is focused on environmental law and draws students from around the globe, will seek to expand to additional areas of concentration, including American Law and Business Law.

"Kristie's background positions her perfectly to help us continue the program's success and navigate these exciting changes," Priest added.

Gibson replaces longtime Oregon Law Professor John Bonine as LL.M. program director. Bonine is known worldwide as an expert in public interest environmental law. He had previously been serving concurrently as LL.M. faculty director and program director, but announced his retirement from both positions in 2013.

Gibson spent a number of years in leadership roles doing international law and business as president and in-house counsel at Gibson Holders, Inc. (subsequently Gibson Pacific, Inc.), an international company involved in product development, manufacturing and sales. In addition, she has experience teaching for the law school and working with students, having developed and taught Oregon Law's pilot four-credit undergraduate Public International Law course in 2013.

Gibson’s experience includes work in private practice at Gartland, Nelson, McCleery & Wade in Eugene, where she focused on business and real property transactions, acquisitions, trademarks, copyright, intellectual property licensing, employment law and international manufacturing agreements. Gibson has also worked at Levontis, LLC and Gaydos, Churnside & Balthrop, P.C.

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