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Law students follow brief to U.S. Supreme Court

Four Willamette College of Law students visited Washington D.C. this week to observe oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in a case for which they prepared a friend-of-the-court brief as part of their Clinical Law Program experience.

The amicus brief, prepared by law students Rachel Schwartz-Gilbert, Janna Giesbrecht-McKee, Cassandra Cooper and Joshua Savey, addresses international and foreign legal authority in Paroline v. United States, a case involving restitution of child pornography victims. It was written on behalf of the Dutch National Rapporteur, the Netherlands national agency that monitors child sexual abuse and human trafficking.

The unique opportunity to prepare such a brief is part of the Clinical Law Program’s goal of providing hands-on, professional experience in the practice of law.

Preparing the brief entailed months of work, multiple drafts and input from many. Warren Binford, director of the Clinical Law Program, and Paul De Muniz, distinguished jurist in residence at Willamette law school and a former chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, advised the students directly. Their names appear on the brief. Law professors Norman Williams, Jeff Dobbins, Symeon Symeonides, and Gwynne Skinner also provided expertise.

In addition to observing the Supreme Court session, the students attended a congressional briefing, a lunch with attorneys from the case, a reception for amicus parties and counsel and a dinner hosted by the Dutch embassy.

The students' efforts are featured in the Salem Statesman Journal and USA Today.

WUCL February Events

Author to discuss indictment of fact-finding in international criminal law

Nancy Lynne Combs, professor of law and director of the Human Security Law Center at William and Mary Law School, will discuss the findings of her latest book, Fact-Finding without Facts: The Uncertain Evidentiary Foundations of International Criminal Convictions, at the Willamette University College of Law 19th Annual Speaker Series, Thursday, February 13, 4:30 p.m. at the Truman Wesley Collins Legal Center, 245 Winter St. N.E., Salem, Oregon. The event is free and open to the public.

Day-long symposium to explore fiscal difficulties facing local governments

Experts in government law and municipal bankruptcy will explore recent government actions to aid financially ailing counties, cities and school districts at the Willamette University College of Law 2014 Law Review Spring Symposium. The day-long symposium, “Under Pressure: Fiscal and Regional Difficulties Facing Local Governments,” will be held February 28, 2014, in the John C. Paulus Lecture Hall, Rm. 201, Willamette University College of Law, 245 Winter St., Salem.  The program has been approved for 4.75 general CLE credits. For more information and to register online, check out Willamette College of Law's events page.