Dean's Advisory Council

Dean’s Advisory Council (DAC) members assist the law school in promoting a commitment to excellence in education, advocating for the law school within the profession and the community, and supporting the law school’s philanthropic efforts. These experts in their fields are instrumental in ensuring the law school lives up to its reputation for eminence into the future. 

Council Members 


The Honorable John Acosta

The Honorable John Acosta, JD ‘82

Magistrate Judge for the United States District of Oregon

Portland, Oregon


Jeffrey Beaver

Jeffrey Beaver, JD ‘85

Partner, Miller Nash, LLP

Seattle, Washington


Michael Callier

Michael Callier, BA ’01 (Political Science), JD ’04

Vice President and Head of Solutions, Factor

Las Vegas, Nevada


Sarah Crooks

Sarah Crooks, JD ’96

Partner, Perkins Coie

Portland, Oregon


Deirdre Dawson

Deirdre Dawson, JD ‘86

Partner, Kawakami Barron and Lam, LLC

San Francisco, California


John Gartland

John Gartland, JD ‘77


Eugene, Oregon


The Honorable Mustafa Kasubhai

The Honorable Mustafa Kasubhai, JD ’96

Magistrate Judge for the United States District of Oregon

Eugene, Oregon


Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas, JD ‘96

Shareholder, Johnson Johnson Lucas & Middleton
President of the Law School Alumni Association

Eugene, Oregon


Ron Oliner

Ron Oliner, JD ‘90

Partner, Duane Morris

Walnut Creek, California


The Honorable Karen Overstreet

The Honorable Karen Overstreet, JD ‘82

Retired, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Washington

Seattle, Washington


Deborah Tellier

Deborah Tellier, JD ‘87

Legal and Philanthropic Advisor

Lafayette, California


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The Honorable Vicki Toyohara Mukai, JD ‘80

Retired, Administrative Law Judge

Seattle, Washington


Ningling Wang

Ningling Wang, JD ’01

Managing Partner, Finnegan

Shanghai, China


John Wilson

John Wilson, JD ‘08

Partner, K&L Gates

Seattle, Washington

 Dean's Advisory Council Emeritus


Paul Nelson

Paul Nelson, JD ‘74

Retired, Bullivant Houser Bailey, PC

Piedmont, California


Richard Shaw

Richard Shaw, BS ’59 (Economics), JD ‘62

Retired, Special Counsel, Higgs, Fletcher & Mack, LLP

San Diego, California


Maryann Yelnosky-Smith

Maryann Yelnosky-Smith, BS ’76 (Philosophy), JD ‘86

Partner, Arbor Employment Law

Portland, Oregon