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Taylor Funk, 29, will earn his degree from the University of Oregon School of Law on May 19, 2012. He is from Idaho Falls, Idaho, and will graduate with an area of focus in Business and Commercial Law.

Funk chose Oregon Law for his legal education because he loves the Pacific Northwest. He wanted to be a part of a large research institution, and was attracted to all of the different learning opportunities, such as the clinics and externships, that Oregon Law offers.

“While pursuing my degree at Oregon Law, I was most inspired by Professor [Carl] Bjerre. I worked as his research assistant, and his enthusiasm for the law and excellence was contagious.”

Funk is grateful for his Oregon Law degree and for the practical experience his education provided.

“Working in the Small Business Clinic, and getting to help real people with real legal issues was by far the most rewarding part of school,” he said.

Funk also worked as an extern for Honorable Frank Alley, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge.
He was able to observe a hearing on adequate protection, and then talk with the judge in his chambers about the hearing and decision.

Funk also says his Oregon Law degree has further developed his ability to write effectively, which will assist him in pursuing his career goals.

Earning a degree from the University of Oregon School of Law is a great achievement. The law school is part of one of the nation’s leading research universities and, based on reputation, is the top ranked school in the state of Oregon, and the second in the Pacific Northwest. The law school also has four nationally top- ranked specialty programs in which students learn and prosper from the highly qualified faculty that work within them. Oregon Law lets students thrive in its close-knit community and encourages students to make the school their second home.

“My proudest accomplishment while at Oregon Law is the friends I have made and the high-fives I have given.”

Funk thanks his wife, Katrina, for her support throughout his journey at Oregon Law. After graduation, he plans to practice in International Tax Law focusing on Brazil and Latin America.

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