W. Warren H. Binford
Associate Professor of Law; Director of the Clinical Law Program
- J.D. Harvard University
- Ed.M. Boston University
- B.A. Boston University, Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with distinction
Professor Binford was appointed to the Willamette University College of Law faculty and became director of Willamette's Clinical Law Program in 2005. Since her arrival, she has expanded the law school's clinical offerings from one clinic to six, including the International Human Rights Clinic, the Child and Family Advocacy Clinic, the Trusts and Estates Clinic, the Business Law Clinic, the Law and Government Clinic and the Sustainability Law Clinic.
Most recently, Professor Binford was selected as a 2012-2013 Fulbright Scholar and spent six months in South Africa lecturing and researching children's issues and the advancement of children's rights in Africa. She was appointed Visiting Professor of Law at the University of the Western Cape where she co-taught an LLM course on children and the law and collaborated with numerous children's right scholars, advocates and NGOs including the Children's Rights Project, Save the Children, and UNICEF.
After returning from South Africa, Professor Binford resumed teaching the Child and Family Advocacy Clinic and the Business Law Clinic. Professor Binford also teaches courses on international children's rights and deposition skills. She also has taught in Willamette's Study Abroad Program in Shanghai, China. Further, she reinvigorated the law school's Externship Program by expanding placements, adding an academic component, and increasing supervision and support. She remains the faculty advisor to the program. Professor Binford also teaches negotiation and conflict management in the Certificate Program in Public Management at Willamette's Atkinson School of Management, and previously taught civil rights and the law in education at Willamette's Graduate School of Education.
Prior to joining Willamette, Professor Binford spent eight years with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, where she specialized in corporate litigation and transactions. Her clients included a variety of Fortune 500 companies, as well as nationally prominent colleges and universities.
In addition to her expertise in corporate law, Professor Binford has actively worked throughout her career as a child advocate. Prior to law school, Professor Binford was a licensed teacher with experience teaching in the inner cities of South Central Los Angeles, Boston and London. She has served as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children in the United States and on the boards of numerous non-profits. She is also a former foster parent. Internationally, Professor Binford has worked with the International Red Cross in Switzerland, the Croatian Red Cross and the Japan Red Cross on issues relating to child soldiers and other child victims of war. Most recently, she has provided training through Save the Children in Southern Africa on NGO reporting to treaty bodies. She currently is collaborating with the Children's Rights Project at the University of the Western Cape on UNICEF law reform projects in several African countries.
She has lectured on five continents, in nine different countries, and across the U.S. on topics primarily related to children's rights and legal education. In addition to touring Southern Africa in 2012 to research children's issues there, she previously toured Asia to research the role of child labor in the development of the Pacific Rim. In all, she has visited more than sixty countries and every continent except Antarctica.
Professor Binford is a member of the Oregon and California state bars and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Eastern and Northern Districts of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She also served as a special assistant attorney general for the state of Oregon from 2006-2011.In 2006, Binford was a member of a small group of appellate court judges, law school faculty and students in Oregon who endeavored to research whether there were identifiable "best practices" among intermediate courts of appeal. For more information on the study, see the Willamette Court Study.
Articles, Essays and Other Publications
- Envisioning a 21st-Century Legal Education, Washington University Journal of Law and Policy_[forthcoming in November 2013].
- The Need for Legal Representation of Unaccompanied Minors in Removal Proceedings in the U.S.,_Willamette Journal of International Law & Dispute Resolution_[forthcoming].
- "All Our Children Need a Fighting Chance," Statesman Journal, May 19, 2013, p. 13C.
- "The Angel Taxi Service," Willamette Lawyer (April 26, 2013) posted at http://www.willamette.edu/wucl/news/library/2013/lawyer_spring/essay.html.
- Leaning Back Makes You Rich, USA Today, April 6, 2013(http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/04/06/lean-women-sandberg-column/2056527/), originally published as Memories Worth More than Millions, Statesman Journal, March 31, 2013, p. 9C.
- Law Professor Visits Africa to Study Children’s Issues: ‘They Are Part of Our Family,’ Statesman Journal, February 2, 2013. P. 1C.
- Utilizing the Communications Procedures of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, Save the Children [forthcoming].
- Criminal Capacity and the Teenage Brain: Insights from Neurological Research, 14 Article 40: The Dynamics of Youth Justice & The Convention on The Rights of The Child in South Africa 1 (2012).
- Saving Haiti's Children from Hell, 6 Intercultural Human Rights Law Review 11 (2011).
- "Sexting Teens Should Be Taught Self-Respect," Sexting 91 , (Stefan Kiesbye, ed. 2011).
- Global resources needed to combat radiation levels, Statesman Journal , Sept. 25, 2011, p. 13C.
- Still speechless after 10 years, Statesman Journal , Sept. 11, 2011.
- High Court Punts on Bend Girl's Interrogation, The Oregonian , June 14, 2011.
- Parents, Schools Must Work Together for Healthy Kids, Statesman Journal , May 4, 2011.
- Saving Oregon's Families, One Regulation at a Time, The Oregonian , Jan. 25, 2011.
- Kind, Gentle Parenting Works Too, Statesman Journal, Jan. 23, 2011.
- Motherhood is Not a Prison, But is a Struggle, Statesman Journal, Nov. 14, 2010.
- Haiti Case Shows How Far Children's Rights Have Come, Statesman Journal , Feb. 7, 2010, p. 11C.
- Society Must Stay Vigilant Against Child Sex Abuse, Statesman Journal , Oct. 27, 2009, p. 5C.
- "Reconstructing a Clinic," 15 Clinical Law Review 283 (Spring 2009).
- Car Has More Constitutional Rights than Teen, Statesman Journal, May 3, 2009.
- Teach "Something Great to Imitate": Self Respect, The Sunday Oregonian, April 5, 2009.
- "Lessons from One School: Children at Tuol Sleng Torture Prison and the Rise of International Protections for Children in War," 16 Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution 28 (Spring 2008).
- Raid on FLDS Should Raise Alarms, Statesman Journal, April 28, 2008.
- Climbing Mountains at Willamette University Willamette Lawyer , Spring 2008, at 14-15.
- "When Free Expression Gets Expensive: Legalities, Liabilities and Realities", in Freedom of Expression in a Multicultural and Democratic Society (Jennifer L. Jopp ed., 2008).
- "Seeking Best Practices Among Intermediate Courts of Appeal: A Nascent Journey", 9 J. APP. PRAC. & PROCESS 1 (Spring 2007).
- "Vexing Corporate Disclosure Problems: The Duty to Update, Redefining Materiality, and Online Disclosure Issues," published online by Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.
- "Croatia's Deadly Legacy: Landmines and a Misguided Embargo Threaten Economic Recovery," Toward Freedom, 20 (August 1996).
- "Child Soldiers and Other Child Victims of Armed Conflict," Children in Armed Conflict, 23-47 (October 1995).
- "The Rights of Children in Armed Conflict," Children in Armed Conflict, 62-64 (October 1995).