The 2019 commencement was one of the most inspirational in our law school history. Judge McShane ‘88, calling himself “an accidental jurist,” shared sage advice with our law grads as he entertained them with stories of his career path from a graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School to federal judge.
I was so pleased to meet many of the families of our graduates. Seeing their proud faces reminded me once again that law school is not just a solo journey – it takes a community of family, friends, and of course, dedicated faculty.
That community includes big-hearted people like Paul Casey who joined me and President Wiewel at the podium to receive an honorary degree. Through Paul’s generosity, we have awarded nearly 60 Casey Scholarships enabling students to fulfill their dream of becoming a lawyer.
In another wonderful moment of graduation this year, Board of Trustee member Matt Bergman ‘89, who has funded a new scholarship in honor of his daughter, Madeline Bergman ‘19, jumped up with a surprise hooding as Madeline’s name was called to receive her degree.
This spring we celebrated other inspirational events including the McCarty Luncheon, with some of our alumni elders. That same spark for the rule of law lives on in our grads from 50 years ago and beyond. Our McCarty guests included Elmer Samson and Stuart Whipple, both from the class of 1951!
On May 18, 2019, over 150 graduates received their Juris Doctor degrees. The Honorable Michael McShane ‘88, Federal Judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, delivered the commencement speech to the graduates.
Doug Beloof, Professor of Law and Secretary of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) will be retiring this year. He has been a staunch and compassionate advocate of crime victims’ rights for almost 40 years, founding NCVLI.
LITC Director, Professor Jan Pierce Retires
Clinical professor Jan Pierce is retiring after leading the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) for 19 years. He has been recognized as an exemplary mentor and will be honored in June with the Award of Merit by the OSB, the highest honor the bar can bestow.
Sarah Lora to Lead LITC
Oregon attorney Sarah Lora fills some big shoes left by retiring emeritus professor Jan Pierce, when she takes over the leadership of the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) this summer. Read more...
Delcianna Winders to Lead Animal Law Litigation Clinic
Noted animal law attorney, scholar, professor, Delcianna (Delci) Winders joins the faculty this fall to lead Lewis & Clark Law School's new Animal Law Litigation Clinic. Read More...
Joyce Tischler to Join Animal Law Faculty
Joyce Tischler joins the faculty of Lewis & Clark Law School as a Professor of Practice. Affectionately known as the “Mother of Animal Law,” Tischler has spent her life paving the way for animal advocacy in the legal system.Read more...