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Letter From the Dean

November 03, 2011

Dear Friends:

Building on the Law School’s already significant international programs, our community continues to be busy around the world. Over the last several months, several of our faculty have been away teaching and lecturing, and students have been engaged in a wide range of global pursuits. (See notes following this letter.) Each student and faculty member returns with reports on the great value of these experiences.

Formalizing our commitment to international programs, the Lewis & Clark Law School faculty last year approved a Certificate in Global Law. Our program is designed to give students the foundation they need to meet the challenges faced by today’s practitioners. To receive the certificate, students must complete 16 credits in global law courses and write a substantial research paper.

I’m also pleased to announce that we are launching the Global Law Speaker Series at Lewis & Clark Law School. Each year we will welcome a Distinguished Global Law Visitor and various lecturers in global law. These internationally recognized experts from academia, practice, and the judiciary will deliver a public lecture as well as interact with our campus and Portland legal communities. This year we will host a number of prominent scholars in global law, including Professor Michael Scharf of Case Western Reserve University Law School and Professor Leila Sadat of Washington University School of Law.

Students from outside the United States continue to benefit from the Lewis & Clark Law School experience while also enriching our community. In addition to foreign students who earn J.D. and LL.M. degrees at the Law School, we are hosting semester-long visits by students from Scotland, India, and Germany.

Our comprehensive global law efforts prepare our students for the changing nature of legal practice. Global law is a fast-growing field that transcends many boundaries, and the 200 students who are active in our International Law Society attest to both the demand for and the appreciation of our exciting program.

For more information, please visit our website at

Warm regards,
Robert H. Klonoff
Dean and Professor of Law

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