Friday, November 20, 2015

Centers of Excellence at Willamette University College of Law

Paul Kerley is the owner and president of Commercial Property Resources, Inc., a real estate investment firm based in Salem, Oregon. Prior to his work with Commercial Property Resources, Inc., Paul Kerley earned his juris doctor from Willamette University College of Law. This institution is home to two centers of excellence which focus on the education of students in two distinct legal areas.

Established in 2002, the Center for Constitutional Government is dedicated to helping its students understand the relationship between government and citizens, as well as the relationship between federal and state governments. Students that pursue studies from the Center for Constitutional Government can earn specialized certificates in law and government, or sustainability law. Additionally, the center hosts a collection of seminars, lectures, and symposia on public affairs which are open to all.

At the Center for Dispute Resolution, JD and MBA students at Willamette can earn certification in the legal practices of negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. In 1996, the center played a critical role in the resolution of a land dispute over part of the Willamette Valley, and continues to serve presently as a facilitator for disputes involving government entities and other organizations. The center also currently backs an online role-playing simulation exercise designed to prepare law students for situations in which they will need to utilize mediatory tactics to satisfy clients.