WUCL Graduates Class of 2006
Willamette University College of Law graduated 139 students in the school’s 120th commencement and hooding ceremony on May 14, 2006. Willamette University President M. Lee Pelton led the conferring of degrees, while College of Law Dean Symeon C. Symeonides presented two Master of Laws degrees and 137 Doctor of Jurisprudence degrees. Norma Paulus LLB’62 introduced the commencement speaker, her former law classmate Justice Wallace P. Carson Jr. of the Oregon Supreme Court. Carson joined the Court in 1982 and served as chief justice for 14 years — longer than any previous chief justice in Oregon history. He stepped down as head of the Court last December, but will remain on the bench until the end of 2006. During this speech, Carson reﬂected on his long legal career, adding humorous anecdotes about his family’s history in the profession, his own practice, and his many years of service to the state. Carson has served more than 40 years in all three branches of Oregon government. Leading the Class of 2006 were Matthew T. Racine, who graduated summa cum laude, and Shane M. Biornstad and Haley B. Bjerk, who graduated magna cum laude.
Clinical Law Program Celebrates Move Willamette University College of Law hosted an open house last April to celebrate the Clinical Law Program’s move to the Legal Arts Building on Church Street in Salem and to welcome the new program director, Professor W. Warren H. Binford. More than 100 members of Oregon’s legal community stopped by to tour the newly renovated Legal Arts Building, which has a rich history of housing prominent Salem law ﬁrms and attorneys. The program’s new location provides students with a professional law ﬁrm environment, where they meet with clinic clients and prepare cases under the direction of supervising attorneys. 4 | Willamette Lawyer
Willamette has launched an ambitious 10-year strategic plan for the Clinical Law Program that promises expanded course offerings, a more challenging curriculum and new hands-on law practice opportunities for students. In addition, the previous general civil practice clinic has been expanded to include specialized clinics in business law, estate planning, tribal law and family law. “Willamette is fortunate to have a great talent like Warren Binford heading our Clinical Law Program,” said College of Law Dean Symeon C. Symeonides. “She brings tremendous energy, spirit and creativity to her role as director. Her hard work and dedication to our students will ensure Willamette’s Clinical Law Program becomes one of the best in the nation.”