Willamette law professor honored for sustainability leadership

College of Law Professor Robin Morris Collin recently received an Oregon State Bar leadership award for her leadership in sustainability.

Morris Collin has long been a leader in studying the intersection between sustainability and the law. She is the director of Willamette's Certificate Program in Sustainability Law, a program centered on the role of lawyers in forming law and policy that protects local and global resources. She also was the first professor at an American law school to teach sustainability.

Her award is through the Sustainable Futures Section of the Oregon State Bar, a new addition as of 2009. It is dedicated to the relationship between sustainability and law, and was adopted due to many of the changing cultural tides in regards to environmental concerns. Morris Collin is a recipient of one of the section's first awards.

Morris Collin has been a member of the College of Law faculty since 2003. Last year, she received the Judith Ramaley Award from the Oregon Campus Compact for civic engagement in sustainability, and in 2001 she earned the David Brower Lifetime Achievement Award at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference. She has a wide repertoire of publications regarding sustainability and law, and is a coveted speaker and panelist.

Her award comes soon after the Willamette University College of Law earned recognition as one of the "Top Green Law Schools" by The National Jurist.

Willamette earned a cum laude rating, and was one of 21 schools mentioned in the article. Schools were evaluated on green practices, campus environment, building trends and curriculum.