Lisa A. Kloppenberg

Dean and Professor of Law

Dean Kloppenberg is a well-known expert in constitutional law and Appropriate Dispute Resolution. She is the co-author of a popular text teaching law students to be effective advocates in negotiation and mediation. Previous to being appointed Dean in 2013, Kloppenberg served as Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Dayton (2001-2011) where she received national recognition for championing curricular reform and creating the first accelerated five-semester law degree in the nation. She also diversified the faculty, emphasized student services and fostered a renewed student commitment to service.

A West Coast native, Kloppenberg received her law degree from the University of Southern California Law Center where she was editor-in-chief of the law review.  After graduation, Kloppenberg clerked for Judge Dorothy Wright Nelson of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. She then became an attorney with Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler in Washington, D.C. where she was involved with litigation, arbitration, and mediation of a variety of domestic and international disputes.

Kloppenberg returned to the West Coast to teach at the University of Oregon School of Law where she served as a faculty member for nearly 10 years. She pursued her interest in constitutional issues and dispute resolution. She also co-founded and directed the school’s Appropriate Dispute Resolution Program.

Dean Kloppenberg has been active with numerous academic and professional organizations including the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, as a member of the Standards Review Committee and the Law School Admission Council as a member of the Finance and Legal Affairs Committee.

In 2014, Dean Kloppenberg was appointed to serve on the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Dean’s Forum Steering Committee.


J.D., University of Southern California Law Center

B.A., University of Southern California

Areas of Specialization

Constitutional Law, Dispute Resolution

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