Caroline Forell receives the highest award given by the law school

Caroline Forell, Professor Emerita, UO School of Law, received the 2019 UO Law School Meritorious Service Award at law school graduation. 

Established in 1984, The Meritorious Service Award is the highest award given by the law school. It is given each year at commencement to a person or persons who has made extraordinary contributions to legal education or to the legal profession. 

Caroline Forell

Professor Forell joined Oregon Law’s faculty in 1978. She has spent her entire professional career serving the University of Oregon School of Law and is currently semi-retired, participating in the UO’s tenure reduction program and teaching one semester a year. 

In nominating Professor Forell, a colleague wrote, “Caroline’s work focusing on legal issues affecting women and, more recently, animals, demonstrates her dedication to creating a system of justice that works for all, including the most vulnerable amongst us.”

As an advocate for domestic abuse survivors, Professor Forell played an instrumental role in the existence of the Domestic Violence Clinic at UO. When the Clinic was originally founded, she took up the project with Professor Merle Weiner and Professor Leslie Harris. For several years, Forell played an active role in teaching and assisting with cases. Throughout the Clinic’s existence, Forell has been an enthusiastic supporter and an important source of knowledge and wisdom.

Her colleagues say that her impact has gone beyond the Knight Law Center: “Caroline has made extraordinary contributions to our students, their legal education and the law.” 

She co-authored, with Donna Matthews, the book, A Law of Her Own: The Reasonable Woman as a Measure of Man, which received national attention and was cited in the stalking case of Bryant v. Walker. On appeal of this case to the Oregon Supreme Court, Forell presented oral argument on the issue of incorporating gender into the standard of care for assessing a stalking victim’s alarm.

Additionally, her articles about attorney-client sex have spurred law reform and revision of codes of ethical conduct. And on the international stage, Forell’s scholarship has looked at the United States, Canada and Australia and their reform struggles on domestic homicide and individual problems with the provocation defense. 

One colleague wrote, “Caroline is an unsung hero and a big reason why we are the successful law school we are today. She richly deserves this honor.” 

Article Source: UO School of Law