WUCL Welcomes Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Campus

Willamette University College of Law is pleased to welcome U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to campus for a full day of events on September 12. Ginsburg’s visit marks the first in a yearlong celebration in recognition of the College of Law’s 125th academic year.

During her visit, Ginsburg will participate in the dedication ceremony for the law school’s new Oregon Civic Justice Center. Located on the corner of State and Winter streets, the stately 1912 structure served as Salem’s first public library. Willamette University bought the building in 2003, and this historic landmark now houses important legal education programs and community-based services that help connect the College of Law with state government and the broader Salem community.

Following the morning dedication ceremony, Ginsburg will give a brief lunchtime presentation at the Center for Law and Government’s fall symposium, “Presidential Power in the 21st Century.” Throughout the daylong symposium, expert panelists will examine the scope of presidential authority under the U.S. Constitution. Registration for the symposium will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the event will close at 4:30 p.m. CLE credits are available.

Later in the afternoon, Ginsburg will participate in an academic procession with University faculty and receive an honorary Doctor of Laws on behalf of the Willamette University Board of Trustees. Immediately afterward, Ginsburg will present the first lecture in Willamette University’s 2008–09 Atkinson Lecture Series, which has welcomed world leaders, authors, actors, scientists and educators to campus since its founding in 1956. The degree ceremony and lecture will take place in Smith Auditorium. Overflow seating and closed-circuit viewing will be available in the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center.

Coinciding with Ginsburg’s visit will be a reunion weekend for the law classes of 1958 and prior, 1968, 1978, 1983, 1988 and 1998. Weekend activities will include a golf outing and private class dinners.

Willamette University College of Law welcomes your attendance at these numerous events. Please see the detailed schedule below for more information.

Schedule of Events

Friday, Sept. 12
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. — “Presidential Power in the 21st Century” symposium sponsored by the Willamette Center for Law and Government. Four CLE credits are available for the full day of expert panels. Cost is $80 per person.
11 a.m. — Dedication of WUCL’s new Oregon Civic Justice Center, located on the corner of State and Winter streets followed by a building open house and tour. No cost.
5 p.m. — Willamette University's 2008–09 Atkinson Lecture. A limited number of tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost is $25 per person.

Saturday, Sept. 13
10:15 a.m. — Constitutional law class with Justice Ginsburg in a Q&A format. No cost.
10:30 a.m. — Alumni golf outing at Salem Golf Club. Cost is $20 per person.
6 p.m. — Private dinners for each of the reunion classes: Classes of 1958 and prior; 1968, 1978 and 1983 will have a reception and then private dinners at J. James Restaurant. The class of 1988 will have its dinner at Wild Pear Restaurant and Catering; and the Class of 1998 dinner will be at Allesandro’s One Twenty. Cost is $40 per person.

For more information on the building dedication, Atkinson Lecture or any Saturday event, please call or e-mail Cathy McCann Gaskin at 800-930-2586 or

For information on the Willamette Center for Law and Government symposium, contact Reyna Meyers at 503-370-6046 or e-mail