College of Law hires three new faculty members

by Sarah Carlson,

  • Professors Meyers, Simowitz and Gilden at Willamette University College of Law
    Willamette University College of Law's Professors Meyers, Simowitz and Gilden

Willamette University College of Law welcomes Professors Andrew Gilden, Aaron Simowitz and Amy Meyers to its faculty in 2016. The three join the college’s faculty of dedicated teachers and leading legal scholars, nationally recognized for their research, publications, and contributions to the law.

Gilden teaches property, internet and copyright law, as well as trusts and estates. His research focuses on intellectual property and internet law, in addition to legal issues concerning free speech, civil rights, gender identity and sexual orientation. Before joining Willamette, Gilden was a Thomas C. Grey Fellow and Lecturer of Law at Stanford University. His key publications include the journal articles, “Common Sense and the Cannibal Cop” in Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (2015), “Raw Materials and the Creative Process” in Georgetown Law Journal (2016) and “Punishing Sexual Fantasy” in William & Mary Law Review (forthcoming 2016).

Simowitz teaches international business transactions, debtor and creditor law, negotiation and a seminar on resolving business disputes. His research focuses on cross-border business transactions, litigation and arbitration.

Previously, Simowitz was a research fellow at New York University’s Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration and Commercial Law and a fellow at the Classical Liberal Institute at NYU. His key publications include the journal articles “Transnational Enforcement Discovery” in Fordham Law Review (2015), “Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments and Award: What Hath Daimler Wrought?” in New York University Law Review (2016) and “Legislating Transnational Jurisdiction” in Virginia Journal of International Law (forthcoming 2017).

Meyers teaches Legal Research and Writing and Legal Analysis for the Bar. She also consults with students seeking assistance with their writing for the bar or other academic performance.

“The degree of professionalism, preparedness, civility and engagement has been very exciting to see from my side of the podium, and I look forward to working closely with students in individual conferences as the semester progresses,” she said.

Before joining the College of Law, Meyers taught at Charlotte School of Law in North Carolina and practiced law with her husband in St. Louis, winning a $5.2 million judgment for a teacher-plaintiff in an employment discrimination and retaliation trial.

About Willamette University College of Law

Opened in 1883, Willamette University College of Law is the first law school in the Pacific Northwest. The college has a long tradition at the forefront of legal education and is committed to the advancement of knowledge through excellent teaching, scholarship, mentoring and experience. Leading faculty, thriving externship and clinical law programs, ample practical skills courses, and a proactive career placement office prepare Willamette law students for today's legal job market. According to statistics compiled by the American Bar Association, Willamette ranks first in the Pacific Northwest for job placement for full-time, long-term, JD-preferred/JD-required jobs for the class of 2014 and first in Oregon for the classes of 2012, 2013 and 2014. Located across the street from the state capitol complex and the Oregon Supreme Court in downtown Salem, the college specializes in law and government, law and business, and dispute resolution.