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RAISING THE BAR �e Professionalism Program at WUCL

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n 1995, the Supreme Court of Oregon and the Oregon State Bar (OSB) joined forces to establish a commission on professionalism to promote principles of professionalism among lawyers and judges. In response to urging by the commission’s chair, former Chief Justice Edwin J. Peterson, Willamette’s College of Law created a first-year orientation program to help establish good practices in professionalism among law students.

The OSB Statement of Professionalism Professionalism includes integrity, courtesy, honesty and willing compliance with the highest ethical standards. Professionalism goes beyond observing the legal profession’s ethical rules: Professionalism sensitively and fairly serves the best interests of clients and the public. Professionalism fosters respect and trust among lawyers and between lawyers and the public, promotes the efficient resolution of disputes, simplifies transactions and makes the practice of law more enjoyable and satisfying.

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Willamette Lawyer | Spring 2006 • Vol. VI, No. 1