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Law School Professors Jennifer Johnson, Lydia Loren and Janet Steverson named Jeffrey Bain Faculty Scholars

April 08, 2009

  • Professor Jennifer J. Johnson
  • Professor Lydia Pallas Loren
  • Professor Janet W. Steverson

The Jeffrey Bain Endowed Faculty Scholar positions were created by the law school in memory of Jeffrey Bain, who attended the Law School and graduated in 1985. The three faculty positions recognize exemplary teaching and scholarship. The endowment was created after receipt of a generous estate gift by Jeffrey’s father, Donald Bain.

Professor Jennifer J. Johnson

After graduating from law school, Professor Jennifer J. Johnson clerked for Judge Alfred Goodwin, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. She was in private practice with a Portland law firm, specializing in real estate and land use, before joining the faculty in 1980. In 1984 she received the Leo Levenson award for excellence in teaching. Johnson is a member of the Oregon State Bar and serves on various bar task forces charged with drafting business legislation. Johnson’s primary research areas are in corporate and securities law and her most recent article is on NASD securities arbitration. In 2008 Professor Johnson was named Jeffrey Bain Faculty Scholar in recognition of her exemplary teaching and scholarship in business law.

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Professor Lydia Pallas Loren

During the 2006-2007 academic year Professor Lydia Pallas Loren served as the first woman dean of Lewis & Clark Law School. Professor Loren’s areas of expertise include intellectual property generally and copyright law in particular. The second edition of her popular casebook Copyright in a Global Information Economy (co authored) was recently published by Aspen Publishing. Loren’s most recent articles explore creative commons licensing; and a proposal that courts embrace a more expansive approach to the doctrine of copyright misuse. After graduation from law school Professor Loren clerked for the Honorable Ralph B. Guy, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. She then joined the law firm of Bodman, Longley & Dahling in Detroit, where she was involved in all of aspects of intellectual property protection. Her practice included copyright and trademark counseling, application, prosecution, licensing, and enforcement litigation. In 2008 Professor Loren was named Jeffrey Bain Faculty Scholar in recognition of her exemplary teaching and scholarship in intellectual property law.

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Professor Janet W. Steverson

Professor Janet W. Steverson was an associate at Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C., doing general litigation. She worked particularly on cases of commercial transactions involving tort and contract allegations, employment discrimination, government contracts, and insurance coverage disputes. Steverson was a member of the Harvard Law School Board of Student Advisors teaching first year students moot court, legal writing, and research. An area of special interest to her is children’s rights. She has published on the issues of interspousal tort immunity and drug addicted mothers. Her current research interests focus on the relevance of contract and contract law to small businesses. She is admitted to the New York and District of Columbia bar associations. In 2008 Professor Steverson was named Jeffrey Bain Faculty Scholar in recognition of her exemplary teaching and student mentoring.

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