Robin Morris Collin

Norma J. Paulus Professor of Law

Robin Morris Collin joined the faculty at Willamette University College of Law in fall 2003 as professor of law. Morris Collin, who has taught law since 1984, came to Willamette after a distinguished 10-year career as a tenured member of the University of Oregon School of Law faculty. She has taught Cultural Property Law, Sustainability Law and Policy, Professional Responsibility, Remedies, and Criminal Law and Procedure. In 1993, she became the first law professor to teach sustainability at an American law school. She also serves on the American Association of Law Schools Membership Review Committee and has served in the American Bar Association’s accreditation process as a site visitor since 1991.

She began her teaching career in 1984 at Tulane Law School and has taught at Pepperdine University School of Law, McGeorge Law School at the University of the Pacific, and Washington and Lee Law School. Prior to teaching, she practiced administrative law at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C, criminal law as an assistant county attorney in the Maricopa County, Ariz., and private plaintiffs' antitrust law at Reed, Goldstein and Jenkins-Reed of Phoenix. She received her law degree from Arizona State University College of Law and is a member of the bar in both Oregon and Arizona. She also is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Morris Collin has won awards for teaching and service, including the Orland John Hollis award at the University of Oregon School of Law and the Hammer Award from Vice President Al Gore. In addition, she was awarded the David Brower Lifetime Achievement Award at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in 2001 and the Judith Ramaley Award from the Oregon Campus Compact for civic engagement in sustainability in 2009. Morris Collin serves on the board of her family’s Red River Shipping Company, the first and only African-American owned and operated vessel line.

A widely sought speaker and panelist, Professor Morris Collin has contributed extensively throughout her career to professional and civic organizations.


  • JD, Arizona State University
  • BA, Colorado College

Recent Publications

  • Restoration and Redemption, in Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril, (Trinity University Press 2010).
  • Frameworks for the Future: Encyclopedia of Sustainability, 3 vols., (Greenwood Press 2009).
  • Sustainability and the Challenges of Race, Gender and Poverty to Contemporary Scientific Cultures, Publications of the Bavarian American Academy (2008).
  • Step by Step: Environmental Justice in Oregon, Lewis & Clark Environmental Law Journal (Spring 2008).
  • Brown and Me - Brown's Theory of an Educational Remedy for Citizenship, 9 Howard Scroll: The Social Justice Law Review 73 (Spring 2007).
  • Introduction to LatCrit IX Joint Symposium: Community Organizing and Direct Activism, 102 Villanova Law Review 260 (2006).
  • The Apocalyptic Vision, Environmentalism, and a Wider Embrace, 13.1 Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (2006).
  • Environmental Reparations for Justice and Sustainability (with Robert W. Collin), in The Quest for Environmental Justice, Human Rights and the Politics of Pollution (Bullard ed., 2d ed., Sierra Club Books 2005).
  • Forever Wild, Forever Free: Sustainability and Equity (with Robert W. Collin), in From Landscape to Technoscape: Concepts of Space in American Culture (Benesch & Schmidt eds., Rodopi 2005).