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Faculty Excellence

Oregon Law is the #1 law school in Oregon and the #2 public law school in the Pacific Northwest because of our amazing faculty. Their commitment to excellence is also why the School of Law has three top-ten specialty programs: Legal Research and WritingAppropriate Dispute Resolution, and Environmental and Natural Resources Law.

Our faculty are sought-after nationally and internationally for their legal expertise in a variety of legal subjects. They appear before Congress, are interviewed by The New York Times, work on projects across the country and globe—and yet they remain incredibly accessible to students. Here at Oregon Law, you can learn from professors who literally “wrote the book” in their areas of focus.

Instructional Faculty Members
UO Distinguished Teaching Awards
American Law Institute Members

Scholarship and Research

Study Offers New Approach for Willamette River Drought Fixes

Timing and location are vital considerations in managing drought risks that are rising along Oregon’s Willamette River because of a changing climate, a six-member team from five institutions, including Oregon Law, reported in the journal Nature Sustainability.

Adell Amos standing in front of the Willamette River

“Our research team highlighted the importance of deploying policy interventions in a thoughtful and proactive way rather than as a reactionary response to increasing cycles of drought.”

—Adell Amos, Researcher, Clayton R. Hess Professor of Law and associate dean for academic affairs at Oregon Law

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Oregon Law faculty produce scholarship that crosses disciplinary boundaries, explores doctrinal and practical challenges, and reimagines systems of justice. 

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Read the latest books, journal articles, book chapters, and casebooks written and edited by Oregon Law Faculty.

The Silent Prologue book cover
The Silent Prologue: How Judicial Philosophies Shape Our Constitutional Rights (University of Virginia Press, 2020).
Philip H. Knight Professor
The Public Trust Doctrine in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, 3d ed., co-authored with Blumm (Carolina Academic Press, 2020) with teacher's manual.
Frank E. Nash Professor of Law
Tort Law and Practice, 6th ed., co-authored with Vetri, Levine, Vogel & Suzuki (Carolina Academic Press, 2020) with teacher's manual.
James L. and llene R. Hershner Professor
Florida Legal Research, 5th ed., co-authored with Busharis & Mullins (Carolina Academic Press, 2020) with teacher’s manual.
Clayton R. Hess Professor of Law
Water Law in a Nutshell, 5th ed., co-authored with Zellmer (West Academic Publishing, 2020).

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Faculty in the Media

June 02, 2022. Eugene, Oregon As the highest award offered by the University of Oregon School of Law, the Meritorious Service Award is bestowed each year to both faculty and non-faculty members who have made exceptional contributions towards legal education or the legal profession.
Washington Monthly: Oregon Law Professor Garrett Epps writes about the leaked draft of the abortion opinion.
Around the O: Professor Dotson is featured for his climate change work in the US Capitol.

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Faculty Awards and Honors


Michelle McKinley
2019 UO Distinguished Teaching Awards

Michelle McKinley, Thomas F. Herman Award for Specialized Pedagogy in Undergraduate Legal Studies and Bernard B. Kliks Professor of Law

The Herman Award for Specialized Pedagogy recognizes senior career instructional or tenure track faculty, teaching for at least an average of .5 FTE across the academic year, who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and expertise in a particular area of teaching.

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Professor Fakhri smiling with flowers in the background
2021 Fund for Faculty Excellence Award

Michael Fakhri, Associate Professor

Awarded to UO faculty who have sustained a record of distinction in quality of scholarship, contribution to their respective field, and contribution to the university.

Fund for Excellence Award


UO Sustainability Award trophies
2019 UO Sustainability Awards

Mary Wood, Philip H. Knight Professor and faculty director for the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center

Recognizes a University of Oregon project whose innovations were developed in the course of UO research and are now offered as publicly available products or services that improve sustainability.

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Your donation today is an investment not only in faculty and their legal research – but a way for you to make a lasting impact in the next generation of Oregon Law students. Through your financial support, our faculty can continue to guide and inspire students who will go on to launch businesses, shape public policy, assist families, advise nonprofits, and so much more.

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