Family Law: Faculty

Director

Leslie J. Harris, Dorothy Kliks Fones Professor of Law 

Leslie Harris has taught Children and the Law since 1982. She co-authored textbooks on family law and children and the law that are widely used throughout the United States. Among her recent projects is an empirical study of parental responsibility laws. She serves on the advisory board for the Oregon Juvenile Court Improvement Project, the board of the Oregon Juvenile Law Training Academy, and the Juvenile Code Revision workgroup of the Oregon Law Commission. Harris is an elected member of the American Law Institute and has received the law school's Orlando John Hollis Faculty Teaching Award.

Associate Directors

Caroline Forell

Caroline 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" (NYU Press, 2000). She has written extensively about the legal and ethical standards appropriate for intimate relationships involving various professionals and those they are responsible for, including attorney-client, faculty-student and doctor-patient. Her articles about attorney-client sex have spurred law reform and revision of codes of ethical conduct. Tort issues have also been the basis for much of Forell's scholarship. Her area of particular expertise involves how statutes affect common law claims and standards of care. Professor Forell joined the UO law faculty in 1978.

Erik Girvan

Erik J. Girvan, a graduate of Harvard Law School, practiced complex commercial litigation for seven years. During that time he maintained an active pro bono practice, which included ongoing representation of the guardian ad litem for several Native American children in custody proceedings. Girvan earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. There he studied the social and psychological processes underlying discrimination in legal and other professional contexts. His research investigates how social stereotypes impact decisions in the legal system and related proceedings and explores practical ways to reduce or eliminate those effects. He teaches civil procedure, remedies, and a course on race, gender, bias and the law.

Carrie Leonetti

Carrie Leonetti teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and evidence. Before becoming a law professor, she was an Assistant Public Defender in the Appellate Division of the Office of the Maryland Public Defender, where she represented juveniles who had been adjudged delinquent on appeal in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, Maryland Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. When she was in law school, she was a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, where she represented low-income individuals in housing, family, and government-benefits cases, including cases involving child custody and support, and she published a case study on the role of the Massachusetts Department of Social Services in private custody proceedings. Prior to law school, she worked for four years as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in the Washtenaw County, Michigan Juvenile Court.

Tom Lininger

Tom Lininger teaches Criminal Investigation, Evidence, and Legal Profession. Lininger formerly worked as a prosecutor. Oregon Governor Ted Kulogoski appointed Lininger to chair the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, which helps to plan Oregon's policy in several areas of criminal justice, including juvenile justice. Lininger's scholarship has focused on the application of the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment in prosecutions of domestic violence. Lininger helped to draft legislation in this area, and the U.S. Supreme Court has cited his scholarship on confrontation issues in domestic violence cases. Lininger enjoys volunteering with groups that help to improve child welfare. He served as president of the South Lane Family Relief Nursery, and he served on Lane County's Commission on Children and Families.

Margie Paris

Margie Paris has been a member of the University of Oregon School of Law faculty since 1992, and she also has served as associate dean for academic affairs (2002 to 2006) and as dean (2006 to 2011). She teaches criminal law, criminal investigation, criminal adjudication, and appellate advocacy. Her scholarly work focuses on criminal law and procedure issues. She is the coauthor of Constitutional Criminal Procedure, 4th edition (Foundation Press 2010, with Andrew Taslitz and Lenese Herbert), and Mastering Criminal Procedure (Carolina Academic Press 2010, with Peter Henning, Andrew Taslitz, Cynthia Jones, and Ellen Podgor). Currently, she is part of a statewide Oregon State Bar group drafting performance standards for defense lawyers in criminal and juvenile delinquency cases. 

Mike Quillin

Mike Quillin has been the director and supervising attorney of the law school's Domestic Violence Clinic since the fall of 2012. After graduating from the UO law school in 2008, he clerked for two years with the Honorable Kip Leonard at Lane County Juvenile Court. In 2010, he accepted a position as a staff attorney at the Survivors Justice Center at Lane County Legal Aid & Advocacy Center, representing low-income survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in civil legal matters. During this time, he also supervised students in the Domestic Violence Clinic. For this work, Mike was awarded the OLSPIF Bandiero Award for outstanding commitment to public interest law. Mike is committed to ending intimate partner violence in all of its forms, and serves on the Lane County Domestic Violence Council and the University of Oregon's Alliance for Sexual Assault Prevention.

Merle Weiner

Merle Weiner has written extensively in the areas of family law, domestic abuse law, and international family law. She is considered an expert on the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. She co-wrote the first U.S. casebook on international and comparative family law, entitled Family Law in the World Community, which is now in its second edition. Professor Weiner is currently writing a book entitled Pink and Blue Cement: The Status of Parent-Partner. She has taught Civil Procedure, Domestic Abuse Law, Family Law, Children and the Law, International and Comparative Family Law, Torts, Civil Procedure, and Adjudication and Courts.