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Faculty Excellence

Oregon Law is the #1 law school in Oregon and the #2 in the Pacific Northwest because of our amazing faculty. Their commitment to excellence is also why the School of Law has three top-rated 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.

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Faculty Research & Scholarship

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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.

“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

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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, book chapters, and casebooks written and edited by Oregon Law Faculty.


Star Wars and Conflict Resolution: There Are Alternatives to Fighting, co-authored with Noam Ebner (DRI Press, 2022).


James L. and llene R. Hershner Professor
Oregon Legal Research, 5th ed., co-authored with Megan Austin (Carolina Academic Press, 2022).


Clayton R. Hess Professor of Law
Water Law in a Nutshell, 6th ed., co-authored with Zellmer (West Academic Publishing, 2021).


The Silent Prologue: How Judicial Philosophies Shape Our Constitutional Rights (University of Virginia Press, 2020).
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Philip H. Knight Professor
The Public Trust Doctrine in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, 3d ed., co-authored with Blumm (Carolina Academic Press, 2020).

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Faculty Making News


UO Legal Scholar Laid Foundation for Montana Lawsuit
Mary Wood's pioneering legal approach was at the heart of the landmark climate case
Fighting Hunger from the Willamette Valley
Professor Michael Fakhri is the food law expert for the United Nations—and an avid backyard gardener
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Roberta Mann Featured in 2023 WalletHub Tax Survey
Professor Roberta Mann was recently interviewed to interpret the results of WalletHub's recent taxes survey 

Recent News & Features


Faculty Awards & Honors

Michelle McKinley
2019 UO Distinguished Teaching Awards

Michelle McKinley, 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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2021 Fund for Faculty Excellence Award

Jennifer Reynolds, Orlando John and Marian H. Hollis Professor of Law 

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


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2022 UO Sustainability Awards

Alaí Reyes-Santos, Professor of Practice

The Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes faculty who have developed pedagogy and curriculum that reinforce and advance principles of sustainability through course design and instruction.

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