Professor Binford was appointed to the Willamette University College of Law faculty and became director of Willamette's Clinical Law Program in 2005. She immediately reconstructed the law school's experiential offerings in both the Clinical Law Program and the Externship Program. She expanded the law school's clinical offerings from one clinic to four, including the Human Rights and Immigration Clinic, the Child and Family Advocacy Clinic, the Trusts and Estates Clinic, and the Business Law Clinic.
Binford was selected as the Inaugural Fulbright Canada-Norlien Foundation Distinguished Visiting Chair in Brain Science, and Child and Family Health and Wellness at the University of Calgary where she conducted research during the fall 2015 semester on the impact of child pornography on victims with an eye toward legal solutions.
As a Fulbright Scholar in 2012, Binford spent six months in South Africa lecturing and researching children's issues and the advancement of children's rights in Africa. She was appointed Visiting Professor of Law at the University of the Western Cape where she co-taught an LLM course on children and the law and collaborated with numerous children's right scholars, advocates and NGOs including the Children's Rights Project, Save the Children, and UNICEF.
Prior to joining Willamette, Binford spent eight years with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, where she specialized in corporate litigation and transactions.
Binford has actively worked throughout her career as a child advocate. Prior to law school, Binford was a licensed teacher with experience teaching in South Central Los Angeles, Boston and London. She has served as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children in the United States and on the boards of numerous non-profits. She is also a former foster parent.
Internationally, Binford has worked with the International Red Cross in Switzerland, the Croatian Red Cross and the Japan Red Cross on issues relating to child soldiers and other child victims of war. Most recently, she has provided training through Save the Children in Southern Africa on NGO reporting to treaty bodies. She has lectured on five continents, in eleven different countries, and across the U.S. on topics primarily related to children's rights and legal education.
Binford is a member of the Oregon and California state bars and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Eastern and Northern Districts of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She also served as a special assistant attorney general for the State of Oregon from 2006-11.
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- JD, Harvard University
- EdM, Boston University
- BA, Boston University, Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with distinction
Law Review Articles and Essays
- "The Right to Be Unknown: Navigating Childhood in the Digital Age" (forthcoming, ____).
- "The Digital Child" (forthcoming, ____).
- "A Global Survey of Country Effort to Ensure Compensation for Child Pornography Victims" 13 Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law 37 (2015).
- "The Constitutionalization of Children's Rights in South Africa: 1994-2014" 60 New York Law School Law Review 333 (2015).
- "How to Be the World’s Best Law Professor" 64 Journal of Legal Education 542 (2015).
- "Beyond Paroline: Ensuring Meaningful Remedies for Child Pornography Victims" 35 Children's Legal Rights Journal 117 (2015).
- "Giving Voice to Unaccompanied Children in Removal Proceedings", 21 Willamette Journal of International Law & Dispute Resolution 34 (2013).
- "Envisioning a 21st-Century Legal Education", 41 Washington University Journal of Law and Policy 157 (2013).
- "Saving Haiti's Children from Hell", 6 Intercultural Human Rights Law Review 11 (2011).
- "Reconstructing a Clinic," 15 Clinical Law Review 283 (2009).
- "Lessons from One School: Children at Tuol Sleng Torture Prison and the Rise of International Protections for Children in War," 16 Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution 28 (2008).
- "Seeking Best Practices Among Intermediate Courts of Appeal: A Nascent Journey", 9 Journal of Appellate Practice and Process 1 (2007).
- Use of Technology in Teaching, Building on Best Practices: Transforming Legal Education in a Changing World, (Maranville, Bliss, Kaas and Lopez, eds.) (with Pistone) (Carolina Academic Press, 2015).
- When Free Expression Gets Expensive: Legalities, Liabilities, and Realities, The Role of Freedom of Expression in a Multicultural and Democratic Society (Jennifer L. Jopp, ed.) (2008).
- "Sexting Teens Should Be Taught Self-Respect," Sexting 91 (Stefan Kiesbye, ed.) (2011).
- Utilizing the Communications Procedures of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, (forthcoming from Save the Children).
- Criminal Capacity and the Teenage Brain: Insights from Neurological Research, 14 Article 40: The Dynamics of Youth Justice & The Convention on The Rights of The Child in South Africa 1 (2012).
- "Child Soldiers and Other Child Victims of Armed Conflict," Children in Armed Conflict 23-47 (October 1995).
- "The Rights of Children in Armed Conflict," Children in Armed Conflict 62-64 (October 1995).
Editorials and Non-Academic Essays
- Harness science to help victims of sexual abuse in Statesman Journal (April 9, 2016).
- The Supreme Court and the boiled brains of youth in Statesman Journal (January 30, 2016).
- Will Americans follow our heritage? in Statesman Journal (November 21, 2015).
- Does America Need a Children's Bill of Rights? in Jurist (November 9, 2015).
- Keeping our children safe in Statesman Journal (October 3, 2015).
- Saving the children of Nepal in Statesman Journal (May 3, 2015).
- Let Kids Roam Freely and Collect Stories, Lessons in Statesman Journal (January 25, 2015).
- When a Client Dies in California Lawyer 103 (January 2015).
- I Can’t Breathe: Voices of Justice in Transition Magazine at (Harvard University’s) Hutchins Center (December 2014).
- On Children, U.S. Stands with...Somalia? in Statesman Journal (November 20, 2014).
- Discovering Mandela's Children in Transition Magazine (Harvard University's Hutchins Center) (December 2014).
- What makes a Nobel Peace Prize laureate? in Statesman Journal (October 18, 2014).
- Discussing Unrepresented Child Refugees in The Mike Slater Radio Show (June 24, 2014).
- Child Refugees Need Legal Help in Statesman Journal (June 11, 2014).
- Congress Should Listen to Child Sex-Abuse Victims in Statesman Journal (April 25, 2014).
- Life Advice from a Harvard Mom in Statesman Journal (March 23, 2014).
- Paroline Raises Difficult Questions for Supreme Court in JURIST (February 27, 2014).
- Paroline Decision Will Have Worldwide Impact in Statesman Journal (January 26, 2014).
- The Impact of One Great Man in Statesman Journal (December 8, 2013).
- How to Win Ribbon for Worst Mothering in Statesman Journal (September 1, 2013).
- All Our Children Need a Fighting Chance, in Statesman Journal (May 19, 2013).
- The Angel Taxi Service in Willamette Lawyer (April 26, 2013).
- Leaning Back Makes You Rich in USA Today (April 6, 2013).
- "Law Professor Visits Africa to Study Children’s Issues: ‘They Are Part of Our Family,’" in Statesman Journal (February 2, 2013).
- Global Resources Needed to Combat Radiation Levels in Statesman Journal (September 25, 2011).
- Still Speechless After 10 Years in Statesman Journal (September 11, 2011).
- High Court Punts on Bend Girl's Interrogation in The Oregonian (June 14, 2011).
- Parents, Schools Must Work Together for Healthy Kids in Statesman Journal (May 4, 2011).
- Saving Oregon's Families, One Regulation at a Time in The Oregonian (January 25, 2011).
- Kind, Gentle Parenting Works Too in Statesman Journal (January 23, 2011).
- Motherhood is Not a Prison, But is a Struggle, in Statesman Journal (November 14, 2010).
- Haiti Case Shows How Far Children's Rights Have Come in Statesman Journal (February 7, 2010).
- Society Must Stay Vigilant Against Child Sex Abuse in Statesman Journal (October 27, 2009).
- Car Has More Constitutional Rights than Teen in Statesman Journal (May 3, 2009).
- Teach "Something Great to Imitate": Self Respect in The Sunday Oregonian (April 5, 2009).
- Raid on FLDS Should Raise Alarms in Statesman Journal (April 28, 2008).
- Climbing Mountains at Willamette University in Willamette Lawyer 14 (Spring 2008).
- No Time to Waste: Fashioning a Weapon To Combat Poverty, Violence and Mediocrity Annual Report of the President - Willamette University (2005).
- "Croatia's Deadly Legacy: Landmines and a Misguided Embargo Threaten Economic Recovery" Toward Freedom 20 (1996).