November 01, 2007

Three Lewis & Clark Law School professors elected to American Law Institute

(Portland, Ore.)—Three Lewis & Clark Law School professors—Bill Funk, Jennifer Johnson and Craig Johnston—have been elected members of the American Law Institute (ALI).
  • Professor Bill Funk
  • Professor Jennifer Johnson
  • Professor Craig Johnston

(Portland, Ore.)—Three Lewis & Clark Law School professors—Bill Funk, Jennifer Johnson and Craig Johnston—have been elected members of the American Law Institute (ALI). Founded in 1923, the American Law Institute’s work to draft restatements and other law reform proposals has profoundly shaped the legal field. Membership to the American Law Institute is limited to judges, scholars and practicing lawyers who have achieved national stature for their work in the legal profession and their interest in the improvement of the law.

“The admission of one new faculty member into this prestigious organization is noteworthy; the admission of three new members in a single year is a major milestone for the School and confirms our place as one of the nation’s premier law schools,” said Robert Klonoff, dean of Lewis & Clark Law School. “I am certain that Bill, Craig and Jennifer will all become actively involved in the ALI’s ongoing work, further increasing the law school’s national profile and impact.”

Professor Bill Funk teaches environmental, administrative and constitutional law. Before coming to Lewis & Clark in 1983, he was an assistant general counsel at the U.S. Department of Energy. Funk also served as the principal staff member of the Legislation Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where he was instrumental in the drafting of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Before joining the House Committee, Funk was a staff attorney in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he received a special commendation for outstanding service.

Some important highlights of Funk’s career include:
• Active in the American Bar Association, including chairing its Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section
• Writes regularly on administrative and environmental issues and has chaired both the Administrative Law and Natural Resources Law Sections of the American Association of Law Schools.

Professor Jennifer Johnson specializes in the areas of business and securities law. She worked in private practice with the Portland law firm of Stoel Rives, Boley, specializing in real estate and land use, before joining the Lewis & Clark Law School faculty in 1980.

Some of Johnson’s important career accomplishments include:
• Member of the Oregon State Bar and serves on various bar task forces charged with drafting business legislation
• Frequent speaker at local and national conferences on business law. Conducts primary research in the areas of corporate and securities law
• Recent publications concentrate on securities arbitration

Professor Craig Johnston joined the faculty in fall 1991; he teaches numerous environmental courses and advises the environmental law moot court team. Johnston began his legal career as an assistant regional counsel with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Boston, where he focused on hazardous waste issues. After leaving the EPA, Johnston founded the environmental section of Perkins Coie’s Portland office and represented clients on compliance and litigation matters.

Some of Johnston’s professional accomplishments include:
• Has coauthored two casebooks for Thompson/West, one on environmental law and the other on hazardous waste law
• Has written numerous articles on pollution law issues
• Was the lead attorney for the plaintiffs in Northwest Environmental Advocates v. City of Portland, which caused the City to solve its combined sewer overflow problem
• Was part of a team that negotiated a precedent-setting settlement under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, in United States v. Cannons Engineering