Willamette Lawyer | Spring 2014
WUCL – Home of the Northern Lights: Deemed “Alaska’s Law School,” Willamette’s College of Law has a surprising number of grads putting their law degrees to work in the Land of the Midnight Sun.
Casting a glow over the legal landscape of Alaska is a surprisingly influential contingent of graduates from Willamette University College of Law. More than 150 law school alumni currently shape the state, the nation and the world from offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Bethel, Fairbanks and beyond. They are Alaska’s elected representatives, business leaders, private practitioners, state bar leaders, members of the judiciary, professors, municipal, native and corporate counsel, nonprofit and public interest lawyers and active community members. Without a law school of their own, many Alaskans turn to Willamette for legal education. More members of the Alaska bar are graduates of Willamette College of Law than any other law school in the country. Many share a lifelong commitment to their alma mater and credit the school’s programs and supportive network for much of their success. The state is too vast and the list too long to highlight all of our Alaska grads, but on the following pages you’ll learn about some of the people and programs that illustrate why Willamette University College of Law can be called home to Alaska’s northern lights. NASA Earth Observatory image of the west coast of North America. including Oregon and Alaska. Spring 2014 | 9