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Suzanne Rowe

James L. and Ilene R. Hershner Professor
Director, Legal Research and Writing

Phone: (541) 346-0507

Suzanne Rowe is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Stone Scholar and a notes editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. Professor Rowe clerked for the Honorable Rudi M. Brewster in the Southern District of California and then practiced tax law in Washington, D.C. Before joining the faculty at Oregon, she taught at the University of San Diego and Florida State University. She was named the James L. and Ilene R. Hershner Professor of Law in 2011.

Professor Rowe has held leadership positions in all major legal writing organizations. She has served on the boards of both the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute. She is a past-chair of the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research, and she chaired the ABA's Communication Skills Committee. She has served on three ABA Site Visit teams.

She is an author of six books on legal research and edits the Legal Research Series published by Carolina Academic Press; her newest title is Federal Legal Research. She has written articles on the Americans with Disabilities Act and on legal writing programs and pedagogy. She originated a monthly column, The Legal Writer, in the Oregon State Bar Bulletin, which takes a fresh look at writing problems.

In 2011, Professor Rowe received the Orlando J. Hollis Faculty Teaching Award. She is the 2012 recipient of the Thomas F. Blackwell Award for outstanding achievement in legal writing.

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