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Editor’s Note

Dear Readers, With this issue, Willamette Lawyer takes a bold step in a new direction. In keeping with the law school’s commitment to the advancement of knowledge, this edition of the Lawyer adds a new and important component: regular reporting on legal issues that are primarily — but not exclusively — of significance to the Pacific Northwest. While the Lawyer will continue to serve as an alumni magazine with the features our alumni have come to expect, it now will tell the law school’s story in broader terms, with every issue reflecting the intellect of a university magazine and the spark of a regional magazine of ideas. We are doing this for several reasons. The legal world in the Pacific Northwest, especially in Oregon, needs better coverage. As the only law school in the Pacific Northwest located across the street from the state Capitol and the Department of Justice, the College of Law, through the Lawyer, is in a unique position to report on the trends buffeting the legal world today. By picking up the coverage that other media have dropped, we are living up to the Willamette University motto: “Not unto ourselves alone are we born.” We have a lot to brag about at the law school — and rest assured, we still will. But we also believe we can contribute to the community

The Lawyer ... will tell the law school’s story in broader terms, with every issue reflecting the intellect of a university magazine and the spark of a regional magazine of ideas.

conversation by serving as a forum for ideas. To that end, we’re expanding our circulation to include not only College of Law alumni, but legislators, judges, legal academics and legal writers based in the Pacific Northwest. We’ve added several new sections, including a Letters to the Editor page, because we want this to be a two-way conversation. Our aim is for the Lawyer to drive the debate on legal topics of concern to all residents, be they lawyers or non-lawyers, graduates of Willamette or graduates of other schools. We took this step after much research, thought and discussion. Willamette law graduates will find intact their favorite sections, such as Class Action. We’ll still report news about faculty and we’ll still tell you

about the incoming class and the accomplishments of our graduates. But you’ll also get high-quality editorial content, imaginative design and arresting photographs. We know you read other magazines and we want to win the war for your attention. We hope you’ll enjoy reading the new Lawyer. As always, please let us know what you think. We look forward to your input as we continue transitioning into a publication that is a must-read, not only for our alumni, but for everyone in the Pacific Northwest. Sincerely,

Lisa Grace Lednicer, Editor

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Peter V. Letsou, Dean

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