Community Activities

Institutional Service | Professional Service | Consulting and Legal Practices

Institutional Service

We thank our faculty, along with student representatives, for their service on the Law School and College Standing Committees.

Professional Service

Find out about service opportunities through the American Bar Association web page.

Find out about service opportunities through the Association of American Law School web page.

Find out about service opportunities through the Oregon State Bar web page.

Consulting and Legal Practices

Faculty may engage in occasional outside consulting or legal work, subject to the following rules outlined by the ABA, AALS, and Lewis & Clark:

2021-2022 ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools — Chapter 4: The Faculty

ABA Standards for Outside Practice/Consulting:

Interpretation 402-2:

Regularly engaging in law practice or having an ongoing relationship with a law firm or other business creates a presumption that a faculty member is not a full-time faculty member under this Standard. This presumption may be rebutted if the law school is able to demonstrate that the individual has a full-time commitment to teaching, research, and public service, is available to students, and is able to participate in the governance of the law school to the same extent expected of full-time faculty.

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Standards for Outside Practice/Consulting – from the 2022 AALS Handbook — Chapter 6: Membership Requirements

Bylaw Section 6-4. Faculty

a. A member school shall attract and maintain a faculty of high competence and suitable size, with a sufficient number of full-time faculty members to provide ready professional relationships among the faculty and between the faculty and the students and to offer a reasonably broad curriculum. “Full-time faculty member” means a faculty member who devotes substantially the entire time to the responsibilities of teacher, scholar, and educator. Professional activities outside the law school are not precluded if limited so as not to divert the faculty member from the primary interest and duty as a legal educator.

Lewis & Clark Faculty Handbook
3.9.4 Compensated External Activities

Lewis & Clark faculty devote their time to teaching, scholarship, and professional service. Because of their expertise in various areas, they are from time to time invited to participate in externally compensated professional activities.

In order that such external activities are consistent with the College’s needs, the College has determined that Lewis & Clark faculty may devote the equivalent of no more than one day per week during the academic year to compensated activities outside the College over and above their normal responsibilities in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and institutional service. Such activities should contribute to the professional development of the faculty member and should not conflict with Lewis & Clark responsibilities.

Faculty are required to provide a written description of the activity to be compensated, the employer, the duration of the activity, and the approximate number of hours per week to be devoted to the project.

 Review and approval of such external faculty activity shall be the responsibility of the dean of the relevant school.