Michael Quillin ’08
Giving back to Oregon Law as Supervising Attorney of the school's Domestic Violence Clinic
Although many students choose to practice at firms, businesses, and other organizations, Oregon Law graduate Michael Quillin ’08 felt right at home working for the law school. As Supervising Attorney of Oregon Law’s Domestic Violence Clinic, Quillin represents survivors of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault. He also supervises and instructs students enrolled in the program, and works closely with community partners to ensure the program’s success.
When Quillin arrived at Oregon Law, he was initially interested in intellectual property and patent law due to his ten-year background as a research associate in molecular biology, but after taking related coursework he decided to participate in the Domestic Violence Clinic program. There, he explored his growing passion for public interest work and family law while gaining the litigation experience he needed to find a job in the field.
Quillin landed a two-year clerkship with the Lane County Juvenile Court following graduation from Oregon Law in 2008. This experience reinforced Qullin’s interest in family law and gave him the confidence and legal proficiency to join the Stop Violence Against Women Clinic Project as a staff attorney in 2011. The SVAWCP is run through the Lane County Legal Aid and Advocacy Center in partnership with Womenspace, Oregon Law, Siuslaw Outreach Services and Sexual Assault Support Services. As the center’s only male attorney, Quillin represented survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence in civil legal matters including protective orders, divorce and custody issues, and housing and benefits.
In April 2012, the Oregon Law Students Public Interest Fund honored Quillin for his work with the Bandiero Award for Outstanding Public Service by a local lawyer. He is an active member of the Lane County Bar Association and in 2010 was made co-chair of the association’s New Lawyer’s committee. When a position at the Domestic Violence clinic opened up in mid-2012, Quillin was an obvious choice.
Quillin finds the safety, support, and relief he provides his clients one of the most rewarding aspects of his job. He continues to give back to the legal community and the public by mentoring students in advocating for vulnerable populations.
“I really feel a strong need to serve the public and do what I can to improve our world,” Quillin said.