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Symeonides to Address the Grand Dilemmas of Private International Law

Symeon C. Symeonides will explore the grand dilemmas of private international law in the inaugural lecture by the Alex L. Parks Distinguished Chair for the Dean of the College of Law on March 5.

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Santos Receives OHBA Award

The Oregon Hispanic Bar Association honored Willamette law alumnus Daniel P. Santos JD’86 at its annual award dinner in February. Santos received the 2009 Paul J. De Muniz Professionalism Award, which is presented annually to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of professionalism, enhances Oregon’s legal community and makes significant contributions to the state’s Latino community.

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WUCL’s Oregon Super Lawyers for 2008

Each year, Willamette University College of Law is well represented in Super Lawyers, an annual publication that identifies the top 5 percent of attorneys across the country, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics magazine.

We’re proud of the 82 alumni who were recognized as Oregon Super Lawyers for 2008.

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New Law Faculty Publications

Willamette University College of Law is pleased to announce the publication of the following new texts by Professor James A.R. Nafziger, Professor Steven K. Green, Professor Gilbert Paul Carrasco, Professor Jeffrey Standen and Dean Symeon C. Symeonides.

Professor James A.R. Nafziger co-edited a collection of substantial reports and selected research by legal scholars and practitioners from around the world in a new text for the Hague Academy of International Law. The Cultural Heritage of Mankind (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2008) is the culmination of several years of scholarship, which began during the 2005 summer programme at the Hague Academy of International Law’s Centre for Studies and Research, which Nafziger co-directed. The resulting text offers analysis of the rules and institutions that protect the world’s cultural heritage from such risks as armed conflicts, looting of archeological sites and illegal trafficking in stolen art.

Professor Gilbert Paul Carrasco
co-wrote Everyday Law for Latinos/as, a comprehensive guide to the legal issues that affect the economic livelihood, civil rights and opportunities of the most populous minority group in the United States. According to the publisher, the text is organized around the three central points that contribute to the unique legal treatment of Latino/as: immigration status, language regulation and racial/ethnic discrimination. These points are examined in the venues of everyday life for Latino/as — in housing, the workplace, classrooms, the voting booth and within the criminal justice system. Everyday Law for Latinos/as was published by Paradigm Press in 2008 and is now available in paperback.

Professor Steven K. Green co-authored Religious Freedom and the Supreme Court. Published by Baylor University Press (2008), the text is a comprehensive casebook on the First Amendment religion clauses and includes extensive background and explanatory materials. The text was written primarily for students with little familiarity with the case method, but is appropriate for law school classes as well. The book addresses a wide range of church-state controversies that frequently make their way to the courts, including faith healing, animal sacrifice, prayer and Bible reading in schools, the teaching of evolution and creationism, the public funding of religious schooling and faith-based charities, government use of religious symbols and discourse, clergy malpractice, and tax exemptions for religious entities, and a host of other topics.

Professor Jeffrey Standen released his new book, Taking Sports Seriously (Carolina Academic Press, 2009), which brings modern legal analysis to bear on the problems of sports in contemporary America. A collection of essays, Taking Sports Seriously offers an unflinching examination of the salient legal issues surrounding the world of sports, including player violence, fan injuries, free agency, player agents, drug testing, athletes as role models, gambling, and other key topics. The text is an ideal reading companion to a course in sports law or sports management.

When a prestigious foreign publisher needed an authoritative text on American conflicts law, or private international law, for foreign scholars, the publisher turned to Dean Symeon C. Symeonides. He obliged by writing his 20th book, American Private International Law (Kluwer Law International, 2008). As the book’s jacket states, “having studied and taught law in both Europe and the United States, [Symeonides] is uniquely qualified to identify and explain in language understandable to readers outside the United States the American peculiarities of the subject. His three decades of experience in writing on thousands of American judicial decisions is particularly valuable in understanding and presenting the practical essentials of the subject to practitioners and academics alike.” The result is an “authoritative and complete yet compact presentation” of private international law in the United States.