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Celebrating a Leader and Trailblazer

Associate Dean and ADR Center Director Jane Gordon '80 bids farewell to Oregon Law

After dedicating 24 years to Oregon students and dispute resolution education, Jane Gordon '80 is leaving Oregon Law to pursue new ventures. It is with tremendous gratitude that we wish Jane the very best and that we celebrate her visionary contributions to the establishment and building of the vibrant, dynamic Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center we have today.

Jen Reynolds, associate professor of law and previous associate director of the ADR Center, has been appointed to the new position of ADR Center Faculty Director.

Jane has served as director of the ADR Center since 2001, a year after its inception. During this time, she has also served as associate dean of students and has selflessly (and fashionably) donned myriad hats of every kind imaginable in her service to the law school and its students.

The Oregon State Bar ADR Section recently recognized Jane's leadership with the Sidney Lezak Award for Excellence in ADR in October 2012. The Center for Dialogue and Resolution honored her as the recipient of its PeaceBuilder Award in March 2013.

Among Oregon symposia, partnerships and endeavors too plentiful to enumerate, notable ADR Center achievements include:

  • Biannual basic mediation training opportunity for students, staff, and community, started in 2001
  • Oregon Office for Community Dispute Resolution, through which the Center oversees all of Oregon's community mediation programs, created in 2002
  • Small Claims Mediation Clinic, re-established in 2003
  • A master's degree program in conflict and dispute resolution, founded in 2005. (This fall, the program will welcome its ninth cohort of 28 students, chosen from among a record number of applicants)
  • Public Policy Collaborative with the National Policy Consensus Center, through which students serve on public policy projects around the state, established in 2007
  • Competition Not Conflict program, addressing conflict in sports at every level, founded in 2008
  • Probate Mediation Clinic, launched in 2010
  • Genocide and Mass Atrocities: Responsibility to Prevent, a cross-campus initiative, founded in 2011
  • Nonprofit Clinic, an interdisciplinary clinic for students of law, the conflict resolution master's degree program, and the graduate program in nonprofit management, created in 2011

Jane's dedication, entrepreneurship, creativity, and collaborative leadership style have led us to build a strong and innovative ADR program at Oregon Law. It is from this solid foundation that the Center continues to grow and provide opportunities for students to develop critical skills for this evolving field.

Thank you, Jane, for your ingenuity, generosity, commitment to your work, your students, and your colleagues.


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