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The Honorable Jack Landau

Adjunct Law Faculty

Biography

The Honorable Jack L. Landau served as an Associate Justice on the Oregon Supreme Court from 2011 through 2017. Before his election to the Supreme Court, Justice Landau served as a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals for 18 years, including 12 years as a presiding judge on one of the court’s three-judge panels. He served in the Oregon Department of Justice, first as Attorney-in-Charge of the department’s Special Litigation Unit and later as the Deputy Attorney General. During his time at the Department of Justice, he represented the state a wide variety of cases at trial and on appeal, including the successful defense of the constitutionality of Oregon’s famous public beach legislation in Stevens v. Cannon Beach and the constitutionality of the state’s video poker laws in Ecumenical Ministries v. Oregon Lottery Commission. He also argued the habeas corpus appeal of Keeney v. Tamayo-Reyes before the United States Supreme Court. Landau practiced law as an associate and partner in the Portland firm of Lindsay, Hart, Neil & Weigler, where he specialized in complex civil litigation in both state and federal court.

Justice Landau has served on the Oregon Council on Court Procedures, the Oregon Bench and Bar Professionalism Commission, and Oregon Law Commission work groups on Oregon state capitol workplace sexual harassment policy, conflicts of law legislation, and standing to sue statutes. He also volunteers for the Classroom Law Project and regularly speaks to high school civics classes around the state.

Education

  • LLM, University of Virginia School of Law
  • JD, Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
  • BA, Lewis & Clark College

Previous Courses:

Legislation:Interpretation and Application of Statutes - Fall 2015, 2017; Spring 2018

Specialty Areas and Course Descriptions

Legislation:Interpretation and Application of Statutes - Spring 2023