Willamette Lawyer | Spring 2006 • Vol. VI, No. 1
Raising the Bar - The Professionalism Program at WUCL: Since 1996, outstanding members of Oregon’s bench and bar have gathered at the College of Law to help establish good practices in professionalism among Willamette law students.
NEWS BRIEFS What’s New at the College of Law Meyer Eisenberg Joins Law Faculty Meyer Eisenberg, former deputy general counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission, joined the College of Law faculty as a visiting professor in the spring semester. Eisenberg was hired to teach several upper-level courses covering a range of securities issues, including securities regulation and corporate governance. “We are delighted to have Professor Eisenberg join our faculty,” said Dean Symeon C. Symeonides. “He brings tremendous frontline experience and sophistication to the classroom, having handled some of the most complex, high-proﬁle cases of the decade at one of the most important regulatory institutions in the country. We look forward to learning from him.” Margaret Marshall Closes Lecture Series The Honorable Margaret H. Marshall, chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, presented the 2005 John C. Paulus Lecture on Oct. 17, 2005. Her presentation, “Justice in Jeopardy: Whither Judicial Independence,” drew a large crowd of law students, faculty and local attorneys. In her lecture, Marshall said that to ensure a free and impartial court system — and to maintain the trust of the people the courts serve — judges should never run for election; they should be appointed. She also said she supports the American Bar Association’s proposition that federal judges serve ﬁxed terms, rather than have lifetime tenure. “Judicial independence is not an end in itself,” Marshall remarked. “It is a means to an end — a government under the rule of law. When the rule of law is broken, we have government by opinion poll.” Valerie Vollmar Receives Second OSB Service Award In December 2005, College of Law Professor Valerie J. Vollmar JD’75 was selected to receive the 2005 Oregon State Bar President’s Membership Service Award, which honors attorneys for outstanding contributions made to the legal profession through a variety of OSB programs, publications, committees and sections, or activities performed through local bar associations. A two-time recipient, Vollmar also received the award in 1989. Vollmar joined the Willamette faculty in 1985 after a career in private practice. She currently teaches Trusts & Estates and Property. Collins Legal Center Graces Cover of The Princeton Review The Princeton Review’s Best 159 Law Schools not only recognized Willamette’s College of Law as one of the country’s most distinguished law schools, but the Collins Legal Center also was featured on the book’s cover. 30 | Willamette Lawyer