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. She immediately reconstructed the law school's experiential offerings in both the Clinical Law Program and the Externship Program. She expanded the law school's clinical offerings from one clinic to five, including the International Human Rights Clinic, the Child and Family Advocacy Clinic, the Trusts and Estates Clinic, the Business Law Clinic, and the Law and Government Clinic.
In 2012 Professor Binford was selected as a 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 international children's rights, negotiation, and conflict management, and has taught in Willamette's Study Abroad Program in Shanghai, China, civil rights and the law in education, and deposition skills.
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 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, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She also served as a special assistant attorney general for the State of Oregon from 2006-2011.
Professor Warren Binford's Fulbright semester in Africa
Law Review Articles
- The Advancement of Children's Rights in Africa (work in progress).
- "Giving Voice to Unaccompanied Children in Removal Proceedings", 21 Willamette Journal of International Law & Dispute Resolution 34 (2013).
- "Envisioning a 21st-Century Legal Education", 41 Washington University Journal of Law and Policy 157 (2013).
- "Saving Haiti's Children from Hell", 6 Intercultural Human Rights Law Review 11 (2011).
- "Reconstructing a Clinic," 15 Clinical Law Review 283 (Spring 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).
- "Seeking Best Practices Among Intermediate Courts of Appeal: A Nascent Journey", 9 J. APP. PRAC. & PROCESS 1 (Spring 2007).
- When Free Expression Gets Expensive: Legalities, Liabilities, and Realities, The Role of Freedom of Expression in a Multicultural and Democratic Society (Jennifer L. Jopp, ed., 2008).
- "Sexting Teens Should Be Taught Self-Respect," Sexting 91 (Stefan Kiesbye, ed. 2011).
- 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, [forthcoming from Save the Children]. Available at .
- 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).
- "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).
Editorials and Non-Academic Essays
- Discussing Unrepresented Child Refugees on The Mike Slater Radio Show, June 24, 2014.
- Child Refugees Need Legal Help, Statesman Journal, June 11, 2014, p. 15A.
- Congress Should Listen to Child Sex-Abuse Victims, Statesman Journal, April 25, 2014.
- Life Advice from a Harvard Mom, Statesman Journal, March 23, 2014, p. 7D.
- Paroline Raises Difficult Questions for Supreme Court, JURIST - Forum, Feb. 27, 2014.
- When Your Client Dies, Willamette Lawyer [forthcoming in October 2013].
- Paroline Decision Will Have Worldwide Impact, Statesman Journal, January 26, 2014, p. 9D.
- The Impact of One Great Man, Statesman Journal, December 8, 2013, p. 13C.
- How to Win Ribbon for Worst Mothering, Statesman Journal, September 1, 2013, p. 11C.
- All Our Children Need a Fighting Chance, Statesman Journal, May 19, 2013, p. 13C.
- The Angel Taxi Service, Willamette Lawyer (April 26, 2013)
- Leaning Back Makes You Rich, USA Today, April 6, 2013, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Raid on FLDS Should Raise Alarms, Statesman Journal, April 28, 2008.
- Climbing Mountains at Willamette University Willamette Lawyer , Spring 2008, at 14-15.
- No Time to Waste: Fashioning a Weapon To Combat Poverty, Violence and Mediocrity, Annual Report of the President, Willamette University (2005).
- "Croatia's Deadly Legacy: Landmines and a Misguided Embargo Threaten Economic Recovery," Toward Freedom, 20 (August 1996).