Bernie Vail: 45 Years of Service
Professor of Law
Path to Lewis & Clark
I was happily teaching at the University of Georgia when I got a phone call from a friend (Jerry Hughey) who was teaching at L&C, telling me that the law school was expanding and asking me if I wanted to come out and interview. I was reluctant to take the trip since I was quite happy at UGA, but he twisted my arm a little and I gave in. Best thing I have ever done!
Favorite Courses to Teach
First-year Property Law and Wills and Trusts.
Most Memorable Moment
Going to the international round with the Jessup Moot Court team.
If You Hadn’t Become a Professor
I would probably be a practicing attorney.
Biggest Change in Legal Education During Your Tenure
There has been a gradual shift to a very liberal attitude in legal education.
Favorite Place on Campus
What You’ll Miss
What Makes You Proudest
Helping students get through the bar exam.
Plenty of time for my woodworking and hunting.
I am a dyed-in-the-wool conservative who is a confirmed gun nut and loves to hunt. I also started roller-skating competitively in my mid-40s and am happy to tell anyone how I got started if they’re curious!