Message from the Dean
Oregon Law is taking bold steps to assure that our school and its students thrive in today’s challenging legal market and in the rapidly changing landscape of higher education. Our school is thrilled to welcome the outstanding new students in the J.D. Class of 2015. Our Masters in Conflict and Dispute Resolution program enrolled another great cohort in this innovative program, and our LL.M. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law includes the largest and most diverse class in its history. We remain committed to provide our students with a world-class legal education as they make the transition to professional life, whatever path they choose to pursue.
Oregon Law alums continue to pursue diverse and fascinating career paths, from Greg Moore ’94 working with the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, to Michael Callier ’04 studying in China. Current students have followed their example, interning at the White House, speaking at the Democratic National Convention, or serving as a United Nations intern. Oregon Law faculty continue to receive accolades and awards as well: Professor Michelle McKinley was awarded a National Science Foundation grant, professor Michael Fakhri was named a UO Sony Scholar and professor Suzanne Rowe will soon receive the Oregon State Bar President’s Public Leadership award.
Oregon Law alumni are increasingly central to the law school and its future. For some, like the Fewel family, who include multiple generations of Oregon Law alumni, the importance of alumni connections is obvious. From our most recent graduates to the most recent inductees into the Order of the Emerald (those celebrating their 50th law school reunion), alumni are critical to our success. Alumni are our ambassadors to the world, and vital to how we engage in admissions, student outreach, mentorship and career and professional development.
Please take a moment to read through the fall issue of Oregon Lawyer Online. I hope that you see things in this issue that inspire you to become even more engaged with the great things taking place at Oregon Law.
Philip H. Knight Dean
University of Oregon School of Law