Criminal Practice: Faculty

The following full-time faculty are affiliated with the Criminal Justice Program:

Caroline Forell, who teaches Women & the Law. Professor Forell's research focuses on legal issues affecting women. She co-authored, with Donna Matthews, A Law of Her Own: The Reasonable Woman as a Measure of Man. She is a founding member of Lane County Domestic Violence Council and is past President of the Boards of Directors for Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) and Breaking Free.

Erik Girvan, who teaches Race, Gender, Bias, & the Law. Professor Girvan's research investigates how social stereotypes impact decisions in the legal system and explores ways to reduce or eliminate those effects. In addition, he works to develop strategies for using the insights, methods, and findings of social science to address problems of legal policy, doctrine, and procedure.

Leslie Harris, who teaches Criminal Law, Family Law, and Children & the Law. Professor Harris directs the Oregon Child Advocacy Project, which provides education and assistance to attorneys advocating for the interests of children. She coauthored the textbook Children and the Law and serves on the advisory board for the Oregon Juvenile Court Improvement Project.

Tom Lininger, who teaches Criminal Investigation, Evidence, Legal Profession, and Public Interest Law. Professor Lininger is a leader in the prosecution of domestic violence. Prior to joining the academy, he worked as a federal prosecutor.  He directs the law school’s Public Interest/Public Service Program. He chairs the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, which plans Oregon's criminal justice policy and drafts sentencing guidelines used in Oregon courts. His scholarship focuses on the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment, particularly the application of the Clause to prosecutions of domestic violence and sexual assault. He has authored legislation that addresses the unique challenges faced by complainants in prosecutions of domestic violence and rape and participated in a work group advising the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on legislative strategies to meet the Supreme Court's new confrontation requirements for hearsay in criminal prosecutions. He is coauthoring “The New Wigmore” treatise on evidence law.

Michelle McKinley, who teaches Law, Culture & Society, Immigration Law, International Criminal Law, Public International Law, and Refugee & Asylum Law and is the Faculty Advisor to the Oregon Journal of International Law. Professor McKinley holds a Masters Degree in Social Anthropology from Oxford University. She has published extensively on international law, human rights, and immigration issues. She has been awarded fellowships for her research from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the Newberry Library.

Margie Paris, who teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Adjudication, and Supreme Court Advocacy. Professor Paris is also the President of the University of Oregon Faculty Senate. Prior to joining the academy, Professor Paris practiced criminal law for six years in Chicago, specializing in the defense of white-collar prosecutions. Her scholarly work focuses on criminal law and procedure issues. She is the coauthor of Constitutional Criminal Procedure and Mastering Criminal Procedure: the Adjudicatory Stage. She served as the editorial board vice-chair of Criminal Justice, the ABA's Criminal Justice Section magazine, and as co-reporter for the Constitution Project's Death Penalty Initiative.

Ofer Raban, who teaches Criminal Law, Constitutional Law I, Constitutional Law II, and Legal Theory. Prior to joining the academy, Professor Raban worked as a prosecutor in New York. His scholarship focuses on the right to privacy, suggestive identification procedures, the relationship between state and federal constitutions, the rule of law, obscenity, pornography, and sex-offender registration, and due process.

Jen Reynolds, who teaches Negotiation and is the Faculty Director of the ADR Center. Professor Reynolds is an expert in the area of dispute resolution. Her research interests include organizational dispute systems design, judicial decisionmaking within the context and constraints of rules of procedure, and cultural influences and implications of alternative processes.

Elizabeth Tippett, who teaches Negotiation. Professor Tippett’s research interests include legal ethics and dispute resolution.

Merle Weiner, who teaches Domestic Violence Seminar and is the Faculty Director of the Domestic Violence Clinic. Professor Weiner has written extensively in the area of domestic abuse law. She is considered an expert on the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.


The following adjunct faculty are affiliated with the Program:

  • Assistant United States Attorney Christopher Cardani teaches White Collar Crime.
  • Assistant United States Attorney Sean Hoar teaches Cybercrime.  
  • Assistant Attorney General Kamala Shugar teaches the Legislative Issues Workshop and State Administrative Law.
  • Heather Young teaches Interview & Counsel.
  • Deputy District Attorney Erin Zemper teaches Trial Practice and supervises the Prosecution Clinics.  

Program faculty also periodically teach Innovations in Criminal Justice.