College of Law Dean Search

Curtis Bridgeman to lead Willamette University College of Law

Willamette University President Stephen E. Thorsett named Curtis Bridgeman dean of the university’s College of Law. Bridgeman, the James and Margaret Elizabeth Hennessey Corry Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Florida State University, will begin at Willamette in July 2013.

Bridgeman’s appointment is the culmination of a seven-month national search.

“A nationally renowned scholar and accomplished teacher, Dean Bridgeman brings to the deanship a deep understanding of the challenges confronting legal education,” Thorsett said.

“I am honored to be selected to lead the College of Law, and I very much look forward to working with the faculty and alumni to ensure that our students receive a world-class, practice-ready education that prepares them for success in the 21st century,” Bridgeman said. “Willamette has a rich, 130-year tradition and an even brighter future.”

After spending two years in the U.S. Army, Bridgeman attended Vanderbilt University, where he earned both a doctorate in philosophy and his J.D. Bridgeman clerked for Judge Gilbert Merritt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Nashville, Tenn.

In 2004, Bridgeman joined the faculty at FSU, where he received the University Graduate Teaching Award in 2009 and where law students selected him three times as “Professor of the Year.”

For the past two years, Bridgeman has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at FSU. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Illinois, and he taught at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Vanderbilt University.

A leading scholar in the field of contracts and commercial law, Bridgeman has been an invited speaker at law schools around the globe. He’s addressed the annual meeting of the American Bar Association’s business law section and is on the executive committee of the American Association of Law Schools’ contracts section.

Bridgeman is married to Beth King, a pediatrician, and has two grown sons.


Curtis Bridgeman