Faculty

Valerie J. Vollmar

Valerie J. Vollmar

Professor of Law

  • J.D. Willamette University, summa cum laude
  • B.A. University of Oregon, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

Faculty Profile

Current Position

Faculty member, Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon. Currently, Professor of Law. Formerly, Associate Professor of Law (1987-93), Assistant Professor of Law (1985-87), Visiting Professor of Law (1984-85). Current teaching assignments: Trusts & Estates, Trusts & Estates Legal Clinic, Will & Trust Drafting. Other courses taught: Federal Estate & Gift Tax, Elder Law, Professional Responsibility, Property.

Prior Positions

  • Private practice with Clark, Marsh, Lindauer, McClinton & Vollmar, Salem, Oregon, 1977-84. Practice concentrated in estate planning, business and corporate law, real property, pension planning. Of Counsel to the firm 1984-89.
  • Law clerk to The Honorable Otto R. Skopil Jr., Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of Oregon, 1975-77.

Education

  • J.D. summa cum laude, Willamette University College of Law, 1975. Comment Editor, Willamette Law Journal
  • B.A. summa cum laude, Spanish, University of Oregon, 1968
  • Phi Beta Kappa “Senior 12” and National Merit Scholar
  • Attended Stanford University 1964-65

Teaching Awards

1999 Jerry E. Hudson Award for Excellence in Teaching (awarded to one Willamette University professor each year).

Oregon State Bar Activities

  • Member of Oregon State Bar since 1975.
  • Oregon State Bar President’s Membership Service Award (1989 and 2005).
  • Member, Joint Bench/Bar Commission on Professionalism (appointed by Oregon State Bar President to represent Oregon law schools) (1995-97).
  • Served on planning committee for Willamette University College of Law first-year Orientation to Professionalism program (1996, 1997).
  • Participated in panel presentation on professionalism at Oregon State Bar annual meeting (1995).

Oregon State Bar Section Activities

  • Founding Chair of Elder Law Section (1997-98), Executive Committee (1997-99).
  • Member of Estate Planning and Administration Section (Executive Committee 198-90, Section CLE Committee 1984-90, Treasurer 1985-87, Chair-Elect 1987-88, Chair 1988-89, Chair of Section CLE Committee 1992-93, Elderlaw Subcommittee 1997).
  • Member of Health Law Section.
  • Former member of Taxation Section (Executive Committee 1990-92, Co-chair of Section Annual Conference Committee 1990-92).
  • Former member of Business and Corporate Law Section (Executive Committee 1983-84, Chair of Section CLE Committee 1983-84, editor of Corporation Division Forms book 1984).

Oregon State Bar Committee Activities

  • Task Force on Lawyer Advertising (appointed by Board of Governors to recommend revisions to Oregon Code of Professional Responsibility) (1991-92).
  • Special Ad Hoc Committee on Advertising and Solicitation (appointed by Board of Governors to recommend revisions to Oregon Code of Professional Responsibility) (1987-88).
  • Legal Ethics Committee (member 1984-87, Secretary 1985-86, Chair 1986-87).
  • Continuing Legal Education Committee (member 1980-83, Chair of Budget Subcommittee 1981-83).
  • Special Committee on Lawyer Advertising (appointed by Board of Governors to recommend revisions to Oregon Code of Professional Responsibility) (1978).

Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal Education Activities

  • Author of Oregon State Bar will and trust forms, available on computer disk since 1990 and used widely by lawyers throughout Oregon.
  • Speaker, Oregon State Bar seminar on Administering Trusts in Oregon (2005).
  • Speaker, Oregon State Bar seminar on Planning the Basic Estate (2002).
  • Speaker, Oregon State Bar seminar on Basic Estate Planning (1998).
  • Speaker, Oregon State Bar seminar on Planning for the Taxable Estate (1997).
  • Program planner, Oregon State Bar seminar on Administering the Taxable Estate (1994).
  • Speaker, Oregon State Bar seminar on Basic Estate Planning (1994).
  • Chair of planning committee and speaker, Oregon State Bar seminar on Planning for the Taxable Estate (1993).
  • Co-chair of planning committee, Oregon State Bar seminar on Advising Professionals (1992).
  • Speaker, Oregon State Bar seminar on The Ethical Oregon Lawyer (1991).
  • Author, Chapter 3, “Advertising and Solicitation,” in The Ethical Oregon Lawyer (1991).
  • Author, series of six articles on Conflicts of Interest, Oregon State Bar Estate Planning and Administration Section Newsletter (April 1989 through January 1991).
  • Program planner and speaker, Oregon State Bar seminar on Basic Estate Planning (1990).
  • Speaker on estate planning, Oregon State Bar Practical Skills seminars (1986-89).
  • Program planner, Oregon State Bar seminar on Administering the Taxable Estate (1988).
  • Speaker, Oregon State Bar seminar on Professional Responsibility in Estate Planning and Administration (1988).
  • Program planner and speaker, Oregon State Bar seminar on Estate Planning for the Taxable Estate (1986).
  • Program planner and speaker, Oregon State Bar seminar on Basic Estate Planning (1984).
  • Chair of planning committee, Oregon State Bar seminar on Practical Corporate Law (1984).
  • Program planner and speaker, Oregon State Bar seminar on Professional Corporations (1982).
  • Contributor, Oregon State Bar Real Property CLE handbook (1980).
  • Oregon State Bar Legislative Activities
  • Organizer and co-Chair, Uniform Trust Code Study Committee (2002-05), leading to adoption of the Oregon Uniform Trust Code by the 2005 legislature. Wrote Comments to the Oregon Uniform Trust Code. Presented testimony to the Joint Interim Judiciary Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee.
  • Presented testimony on proposed changes to the Oregon Death with Dignity Act to Family Law Subcommittee of Oregon House Judiciary Committee (1997).
  • Presented testimony on Uniform Statutory Rule Against Perpetuities to Oregon Senate and House Judiciary Committees (1989).

Other Legal Activities

  • Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Awarded AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (4th ed. 1996).
  • Author of web site on physician-assisted suicide (www.willamette.edu/wucl/pas). Site selected by Jurist, The Law Professors’ Network as Site of the Week on March 22, 1999, and included in Jurist “Dean’s List.” Cited by ReligionLink, a national Internet service established by the Religion Newswriters Association to assist journalists reporting on religion, public policy, and culture. Cited on Gilmore Girls episode as source of expert information on physician-assisted suicide.
  • Academic Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (1993-present). Member, Legal Education Committee, 1999-present; member, Elder Law Committee, 1994-present; member, Health Law Subcommittee, 1994-present; chair, Elder Law Literature Subcommittee, 1994-present. Program planner and moderator, The Oregon Experience: Implementation of Its Assisted Suicide Legislation—A Symposium of Oregon Health Care Professionals (1998).
  • Member of American Bar Association and ABA Section on Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law. Member, Professional Responsibilities and Liabilities of the Estate Lawyer (G-1) Committee of ABA Section on Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law (1991-94).
  • Member of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (1992-present).
  • Member of Section on Donative Transfers, Fiduciaries, and Estate Planning, Association of American Law Schools 1988-present (Executive Committee 1988-94, Chair-Elect 1991-92, Chair 1992-93, Past Chair 1993-94, Nominating Committee 1993-94). Program planner and speaker for annual meeting programs (1991 and 1992); speaker for annual meeting program (1995).
  • Member of Section on Aging and the Law, Association of American Law Schools 1988-present (Executive Committee 1993-97, Secretary and newsletter editor 1994-95, Chair-Elect 1995-96, Chair 1996-97). Speaker for annual meeting program (1995). Program co-chair and speaker for joint annual meeting program on physician-assisted suicide with Section on Law, Medicine, and Health Care (1996).
  • Member of Marion County Bar Association (Judicial Administration Committee 1979, Editor of Marion County Bar Association Bar Bulletin 1978).
  • Willamette Valley Estate Planning Council (member 1980-present, Program Planning Committee 1981-85).
  • Instructor on Wills and Trusts for BarBri Oregon bar review course in Portland, Salem, and Eugene, Oregon (February and July 1993-present).
  • Speaker on recent developments in Oregon law, Washington State Bar Association’s 50th Annual Estate Planning Seminar in Seattle, Washington (2005).
  • Interviewed about Gonzales v. Oregon on KOIN-Channel 6’s 11 O’Clock News program (2005).
  • Interviewed about Gonzales v. Oregon on KGW-Channel 8’s Viewpoint program (2005). Program rebroadcast in four states.
  • Interviewed about Gonzales v. Oregon on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered program (2005).
  • Interviewed about Gonzales v. Oregon by the Statesman Journal, Eugene Register-Guard, Gannett, and KMTR-Channel 26 in Eugene (2005).
  • Interviewed about assisted suicide on Bloomberg Radio’s Simply Put talk/call-in show, broadcast in New York and transmitted worldwide by satellite radio and internet (2005).
  • Interviewed about assisted suicide by WNPR (National Public Radio station in Hartford, Connecticut) (2005).
  • Interviewed about Terri Schiavo case and the use of living wills by the Statesman Journal (2005).
  • Met with Shigenobu Kobayashi, Senior Consul and Deputy Head of Mission for the Consulate General of Japan, to discuss the Oregon Death with Dignity Act (2005).
  • Interviewed about assisted suicide on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation program (2005).
  • Interviewed about the grant of certiorari in Gonzales v. Oregon by the L.A. Times, Eugene Register-Guard, and Statesman Journal (2005).
  • Speaker on proposed Oregon Uniform Trust Code, Oregon Bankers Association Trust Committee, Annual OBA Trust Dinner (2005).
  • Moderator, panel on physician-assisted suicide, Willamette University College of Law Willamette Law Review symposium on federalism (2005).
  • Speaker on proposed Oregon Uniform Trust Code, Willamette Valley Estate Planning Council (2004).
  • Speaker on proposed Oregon Uniform Trust Code, Bank of the Cascades seminar (2004).
  • Participant in Oregon v. Ashcroft moot court (2003).
  • Interviewed about Oregon v. Ashcroft by Willamette Week, KXL radio, and KPAM radio in Portland, KFAN radio in Minneapolis, and the Eugene Register-Guard (2002 and 2003).
  • Met with faculty from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, to discuss the Oregon Death with Dignity Act (2003).
  • Speaker on estate planning for lawyers, Willamette Valley American Inn of Court (2002).
  • Interviewed on CNN’s Larry King Live program about the validity of Charles Kuralt’s purported holographic will (2001).
  • Speaker on physician-assisted suicide, Willamette University College of Law Willamette Law Review symposium on health care and the law (2001).
  • Speaker on physician-assisted suicide, National College of Probate Judges spring conference in Jekyll Island, Georgia (1999).
  • Interviewed about federal mismanagement of Indian trust funds on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered program (1999).
  • Speaker on physician-assisted suicide, Willamette University College of Law Willamette Law Review symposium on the initiative process (1998).
  • Guest (invited by Oregon Right to Die), KATU-Channel 2’s Town Hall program (1997).
  • Interviewed three times on KPTV-Channel 12’s Good Day Oregon program about recent developments in physician-assisted suicide (1997).
  • Speaker on physician-assisted suicide, Willamette University College of Law Alumni Day (1997).
  • Speaker (on behalf of Oregon Right to Die), forum on Measure 51 at Willamette University College of Law, sponsored by Oregon State Bar New Lawyers Division Law School Outreach Committee (1997).
  • Speaker on physician-assisted suicide, Willamette Valley Estate Planning Council (1997).
  • At invitation of Consulate-General of Japan, met with delegation of Japanese attorneys in Portland, Oregon, to discuss physician-assisted suicide in the United States (1997).
  • Panelist, “Physician-Assisted Suicide: The Issue of the ’90s,” program co-sponsored by Willamette University College of Law and Willamette Chapter of the Federalist Society (1997).
  • Speaker on ethical issues in estate planning, Washington State Bar Association’s 41st Annual Estate Planning Seminar in Seattle, Washington (1996).
  • Interviewed about physician-assisted suicide for article, “How Should Caregivers Respond When Elders Ask to ‘Die with Dignity’?,” published in September 1996 issue of Parent Care Advisor.
  • Speaker on recent developments in physician-assisted suicide, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys 1996 Symposium in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Speaker on elder law, Willamette University College of Law CLE program in Alaska (1994).
  • Moderator for panel on judicial ethics, Willamette University alumni symposium on issues facing the justice system (1992).
  • Speaker for in-house CLE program on ethics, Stoel, Rives, Boley, Jones & Grey, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington (1988 and 1990).
  • Retained by Los Angeles law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher as an expert on Oregon trust law in the case of Shoen v. Shoen, No. CV 88-20139, Superior Court of Arizona, Maricopa County (1988).
  • Speaker on estate planning topics to Walla Walla Valley Estate Planning Council (1987), Willamette Valley Estate Planning Council (1987), and Southern Oregon Estate Planning Council (1986).
  • Board of Visitors of Willamette University College of Law 1980-83 (Vice Chairman 1980-82, member of Steering Committee for study of law school curriculum 1980-81).
  • Speaker, 1978 Federal Court Seminar sponsored by the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon and the Federal Bar Association.

Publications

  • “Oregon Recent Developments, Including the New Oregon Uniform Trust Code” (33 pages), Chapter 20 in program materials for Washington State Bar Association’s 50th Annual Estate Planning Seminar (2005).
  • “Oregon Uniform Trust Code” (38 pages), Chapter 1 in program materials for Oregon State Bar CLE seminar on Administering Trusts in Oregon (2005).
  • “Law Reform and the Classroom: The Oregon Uniform Trust Code,” in Fall 2005 issue of Willamette Lawyer.
  • “Simply Explained: UTC Article 5 on Creditors’ Rights,” published by the American Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section in E-State electronic newsletter (2004). Reprinted by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws in UTC Notes (2004). Cited favorably in U.S. Trust—Practical Drafting (2005).
  • Valerie J. Vollmar, Amy Morris Hess & Robert Whitman, An Introduction to Trusts and Estates (West 2003).
  • “Born-Again Drafting” (324 pages), Chapter 2 in program materials for Oregon State Bar CLE seminar on Planning the Basic Estate (2002).
  • “Born-Again Drafting” (270 pages), Chapter 2 in program materials for Oregon State Bar CLE seminar on Basic Estate Planning (1998).
  • “Drafting for the Taxable Estate” (164 pages), Chapter 8 in program materials for Oregon State Bar CLE seminar on Planning for the Taxable Estate (1997).
  • “Physician-Assisted Suicide: The Issue of the ’90s,” lead article in Winter 1996 issue of Oregon Humanities.
  • “Recent Developments Regarding Physician-Assisted Suicide” (44 pages), Session #12 in program materials for National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys 1996 Symposium.
  • “Born-Again Drafting” (199 pages), Chapter 10 in program materials for Oregon State Bar CLE seminar on Basic Estate Planning (1994).
  • “Drafting for the Taxable Estate” (180 pages), Chapter 6 in program materials for Oregon State Bar CLE seminar on Planning for the Taxable Estate (1993).
  • Chapter 3, “Advertising and Solicitation,” in The Ethical Oregon Lawyer ( Oregon CLE 1991).
  • Series of six articles on “Conflicts of Interest,” Oregon State Bar Estate Planning and Administration Newsletter (April 1989 through January 1991).
  • “Born-Again Drafting” (180 pages), Chapter 8 in program materials for Oregon State Bar CLE seminar on Basic Estate Planning (1990).
  • “Professional Responsibility in Estate Planning and Administration” (162 pages), published as program materials for CLE program at 1988 Oregon State Bar annual meeting.
  • “Drafting for the Marital Deduction” (104 pages), Chapter 5 in program materials for Oregon State Bar CLE seminar on Estate Planning for the Taxable Estate (1986).
  • “Born-Again Will Drafting” (43 pages), Chapter 5 in program materials for Oregon State Bar CLE seminar on Basic Estate Planning (1984).
  • “The Decision To Incorporate” (18 pages), program materials for Oregon State Bar CLE seminar on Professional Corporations (1982).
  • Note, “Markle v. Mulholland’s, Inc.: The ‘Defective’ Product and the Rationale for Strict Products Liability,” 10 Willamette L.J. 106 (1973).

Community Activities

  • Member, Willamette Master Chorus (1999-present).
  • Member, Salem Hospital Medical Ethics Committee (1997-present); Physician-Assisted Suicide Subcommittee (1997).
  • Speaker on physician-assisted suicide, Medical Sociology class, Western Oregon University (2004).
  • Speaker on physician-assisted suicide, West Willamette Women Democrats (2004).
  • Speaker on physician-assisted suicide, Medical Sociology class, Willamette University (2003).
  • Speaker on physician-assisted suicide, Medical Sociology class, Willamette University (2001).
  • Participant, Marion-Polk County Medical Society’s “Mini-Internship” program (2001) [job-shadowing six physicians during a three-day period].
  • Speaker on physician-assisted suicide, Salem Hospital Friday Grand Rounds, Salem, Oregon (2000).
  • Speaker on physician-assisted suicide, Medical Sociology class, Willamette University (1999).
  • Speaker on physician-assisted suicide, Oregon Women in Higher Education annual conference, Portland, Oregon (1999).
  • Speaker on physician-assisted suicide, Willamette University “Choices in Our Community” educational program (1998).
  • Member, Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) Advisory Council (8-member group appointed by the Administrator of the Senior and Disabled Services Division of the Oregon Department of Human Resources) (1995-97). Presented testimony on Senate Bill 190 to Oregon Senate Health and Human Services Committee (1997).
  • Speaker on physician-assisted suicide, Willamette Lutheran Homes, Salem, Oregon (1997).
  • Speaker on physician-assisted suicide, Tokyo International University of America, Salem, Oregon (1997).
  • Speaker on physician-assisted suicide, Silverton High School, Silverton, Oregon (1997).
  • Member of planning committee for Marion-Polk Medical Society Managed Care Forum (1996).
  • Member of planning committee and speaker for a series of five community programs on Elder Issues, called “Focus on Your Future: Tomorrow’s Choices,” co-sponsored by Salem YWCA, Willamette University College of Law, Salem Hospital, Chemeketa Community College, and Mid-Willamette Valley Senior Services Agency (1994).
  • Vice chairperson, Marion County Facility Steering Committee (committee appointed by Marion County Board of Commissioners to develop a 20-year master facilities plan for Marion County) (1994-95).
  • Speaker, public forum on Oregon Ballot Measure 16 (physician-assisted suicide) (1994).
  • Honoree, Salem YWCA Tribute to Outstanding Women and Employers (1993).
  • Speaker, Salem Area Chamber of Commerce President’s Forum Luncheon (1990).
  • Director, American Home Savings, a federal savings bank, Salem, Oregon (1987-89).
  • Member, Marion County Facility Implementation Committee (committee appointed by Marion County Board of Commissioners to advise Board on design and construction of $15.3 million county jail) (1985-89).
  • Advisory Board, Salem YWCA Tribute to Outstanding Women (1987).
  • Appointed by Governor Victor Atiyeh as one of forty Oregon citizens serving on the Governor’s Education Mission to the Oregon State System of Higher Education (1985).
  • Co-instructor, “Introduction to Estate Planning” course sponsored annually by Salem YWCA (1981-85).
  • Salem YWCA Financial Development Committee (1981-83).
  • Board of Directors of Salem Volunteer Bureau (1979-81).