Ron Lansing, professor emeritus of law, died on May 28, 2021, at age 89.
Lansing joined Lewis & Clark Law School in 1967 and was one of the first five full-time members of the law faculty. He was pivotal in helping the law school gain accreditation from the American Association of Law Schools and the American Bar Association.
“Ron’s dedication to the law school, to fellow faculty and to his students is legendary,” says Jennifer Johnson, dean of the law school. “He helped the law school become the nationally renowned institution it is today.”
Along with teaching torts and evidence to thousands of Oregon’s lawyers, Lansing published numerous books, including Skylarks & Lecterns: A Law School Charter; Juggernaut: The Whitman Massacre Trial 1850; Nimrod: Courts, Claims, and Killing on the Oregon Frontier; and Crystalling the Legacy: Stories and Reflections on the Accreditation Era of a Law School, 1965–1974.
Aside from his academic achievements and contributions to the legal field, Lansing also leaves a humorous legacy: 75 hand-drawn caricatures of Lewis & Clark faculty and staff members that line the halls of the law school’s Legal Research Center.
Lansing is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jewel Lansing; son Mark Lansing; daughters Alyse Lansing Gass and Annette Lansing MAT ’94; and five grandchildren, including Jade Lansing BA ’12.