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Paula Abrams

Years of service: 27

What was your path to Lewis & Clark?

I became an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark in 1984. I was serving as executive director of the Oregon Commission on the Judicial Branch, which was located at the law school at the time. I was named a visiting professor of law in 1988, and I joined the full-time faculty in 1989.

What have been your favorite courses to teach?

I’ve been fortunate to teach several courses that have been both fun and rewarding, including Constitutional Law, Reproduction and the Law, and International Art Law.

What have you enjoyed most about your work?

Pretty much everything! My scholarship has been a consistent source of challenge and gratification. I work with supportive colleagues who share my passion for teaching and scholarship. But I have found my time with students to be the most rewarding. It is their energy, curiosity, and love of learning that has made my work so gratifying.

What do you consider to be your most memorable moment?

My work has been filled with many memorable moments. Some are of the simple variety, such as a conversation with a student or a fascinating discussion in class. If I had to pick, though, I would say these two: receiving the Leo Levenson Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Class of 2010, and being named the inaugural Edward Brunet Professor of Law, a title that recognized an esteemed colleague and mentor. Both were great honors.

What is your favorite place on campus?

Probably the amphitheatre, the site of so many formal and informal gatherings, and the place where we all celebrate those rare sunny days!

What will you miss?

My students and colleagues are at the top of the list. I also will miss the day-to-day drama of teaching constitutional law, a subject that encompasses some of the most challenging issues of our times.

What’s next for you?

Adventure!

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