W. Warren H. Binford

Associate Professor of Law, Director of the Clinical Law Program

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.

Professor Binford was recently selected as the Inaugural Fulbright Canada-Norlien Foundation Distinguished Visiting Chair in Brain Science, and Child and Family Health and Wellness at the University of Calgary where she conducted research during the fall 2015 semester on the impact of child pornography on victims with an eye toward legal solutions.  She returned to Willamette in January 2016.

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 eleven 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.

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Professor Warren Binford's Fulbright semester in Africa

How to Be the World's Best Law Professor

The Need for Legal Representation of Unaccompanied Children

How to Be the World’s Best Law Student

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  • JD, Harvard University
  • EdM, Boston University
  • BA, Boston University, Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with distinction

Law Review Articles

Book Chapters/Essays

  • Use of Technology in Teaching, Building on Best Practices: Transforming Legal Education in a Changing World, (Deborah Maranville, Lisa Radtke Bliss, Carolyn Wilkes Kaas & Antoinette Sedillo Lopez eds. (co-author with Michele Pistone).
  • 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).

NGO Publications

Editorials and Non-Academic Essays

Other Notable Works