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Abrams, Paula

October 18, 2016

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    Paula Abrams

Paula Abrams

Edward Brunet Professor of Law

Years Served: 28

Path to Lewis & Clark:

In 1984, I became an adjunct professor at L&C while serving as executive director of the state Commission on the Judicial Branch, which was located at the law school at that time. In 1988, I was appointed visiting professor of law. I joined the full-time faculty in 1989.

Favorite courses to teach:

Many have been both fun and rewarding, including Constitutional Law, Reproduction and the Law, and International Art Law.

What you’ve 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 the most rewarding part of my work. It is their energy, curiosity, and love of learning that has made my work so gratifying.

Most memorable moment:

If I had to pick, I would say two: receiving the Leo Levenson Award for Excellence in Teaching, and being named the inaugural Edward Brunet Professor of Law. Both are great honors—the Levenson from students, and the Edward Brunet Professorship from an esteemed colleague and mentor.

Favorite place on campus:

Probably the law school amphitheater, the site of so many formal and informal gatherings, and the place where we all celebrate those rare sun days!

What you’ll miss:

My students and colleagues most of all. 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 time.

What’s next:

Adventure!

Fun fact:

Too many things to pick one!

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