Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, Professor of Law
As dean of diversity and inclusion, Janet reports to President Wiewel, serves as a member of Executive Council, and works closely with other deans, the provost, faculty, staff and students across the institution. The dean of diversity and inclusion is responsible for the strategy and implementation of Lewis & Clark’s commitment to a safe, welcoming, and equitable learning community.
Before joining the Lewis & Clark faculty in 1990, Janet 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. Janet 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, children and the law, contracts, drug-addicted mothers, and consumer warranties. She is admitted to the New York, District of Columbia, and Oregon bar associations. In 2009, Janet was named Douglas K. Newell Professor of Teaching Excellence in recognition of her commitment to teaching excellence, dedication to each student’s success, and the promise to enrich the academic experience with pragmatism, rigor, and humor. The Class of 2013 honored Janet with the Leo Levenson Award for Excellence in Teaching. Janet earned her B.A. from the State University of New York at Brockport and her JD from Harvard Law School.