Phylis Myles

Assistant Dean for Placement

Phylis Myles brings a background in both the corporate world and in private law practice to the job of Assistant Dean for Placement. Before going to law school, she worked as editor, communications manager and director of marketing in the corporate world in areas as diverse as camping guides, surgical equipment at Baxter International and video arcade games at a division of Columbia Pictures.

While in law school, she was selected by the faculty of Lewis & Clark for the Cornelius Honor Society for “superior scholarship, leadership and contributions to the law school community” and was the managing editor of the Environmental Law journal.

After earning her J.D., she clerked at the Oregon Court of Appeals for Justice R. William Riggs. She was a trial attorney in private practice with her husband in Portland for 12 years, specializing in employment discrimination and environmental justice issues. She also was a trainer for the U.S. Forest Service line employees in environmental justice issues.

Myles has been active in Oregon Women Lawyers, a professional organization that promotes women and minorities in the legal profession, since its inception in 1989 and is a past president. She has served on several Oregon State Bar committees, including the Uniform Jury Instructions-Civil, which rewrote all of Oregon’s civil jury instructions from 2001 to 2004. She was awarded a lifetime membership in the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus for her dedication to discrimination issues. Myles currently serves on the Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation Board, continues to be active in discrimination issues and is a frequent speaker on strategic planning for nonprofit organizations.

She is a member of the Oregon and Washington bars and is admitted to the U.S. District Courts of the Districts of Oregon and Western Washington and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


  • J.D. Lewis & Clark
  • B.S. University of Illinois