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Message from the Dean

Dear Friends:

Summer has finally arrived on the academic calendar (although not in our weather patterns) and so too has the latest edition of Oregon Lawyer Online arrived in cyberspace. This is a bittersweet issue for me as it contains my last message as dean. And while the past several months have been a time for reflection, I am eager to see what wonderful things the future has in store for Oregon Law.

The summer edition of OLO in many ways mirrors this mixture of reflection and looking forward. We congratulate the Class of 2011 with a slideshow from the May 21 commencement ceremony, and we look ahead to the exciting and meaningful work in which our OLSPIF stipend recipients will engage over the summer. We wrap-up some of this spring’s major events and look ahead to this fall’s Reunion Weekend. The accomplishments of Professors Carl Bjerre and Suzanne Rowe are noted and their future plans highlighted. New graduate and outgoing Student Bar Association President Mary Margaret Montgomery bids adieu to her daily law school routine, and we welcome new Associate Dean for Finance and Operations Kelly Sparks, who brings to the law school a wealth of knowledge and experience from her work in both the private and nonprofit sectors.

As you look ahead to the future of Oregon Law, I ask that you think about the difference that your educational experiences here have made in your life, and that you consider helping a new generation of law students to gain those experiences. You might reflect on these things after reading our Power of Giving piece, which features the law school’s new Nonprofit Clinic made possible by donor Tom Bowerman and his late mother, Barbara Bowerman.

Our community has so much to look back on with pride. Among these is the solid foundation laid by outstanding alumni, faculty, staff, and students. This foundation will serve as a springboard for Michael Moffitt as he takes over the deanship on July 1. With Michael’s energy, enthusiasm, and vision, the possibilities are enormous for a new era of Oregon Law.

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