Fabien Elected to OSB Governors Board

Law School faculty member Marva Fabien has recently been honored with an appointment to the Board of Governors of the Oregon State Bar (OSB). The Board of Governors, which is the governing body of the OSB, is comprised of 12 attorneys who are elected by region and four public members who are appointed. Each member serves a four-year term.

Fabien, who joined Willamette College of Law in 2001 as its first coordinator of professional development and multicultural affairs, brings a wealth of experience to the job at OSB. Before coming to Willamette, Fabien was the assistant superintendent for MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, Ore. In 1993, she was appointed to the Oregon Board of Parole and Post Prison Supervision and eventually became the chairperson. From 1988 to 1993, she served as the academic support director for Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law in Portland where she received her J.D. She has worked as an attorney in private practice and as a staff attorney for the Multnomah County Legal Aid Service in Portland. She is a member of the bar in both Oregon and Idaho.

A native of Trinidad, Fabien immigrated to the United States when she was 12. When asked about her OSB appointment in a recent interview, she said, "As a minority lawyer and an immigrant, I know I bring a different point of view to issues facing Oregon's legal community. As a Board Member, I hope to be able to respond to the concerns of lawyers from Region 6 – Clackamas, Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties – during my tenure."