Preston C. Greene: President, Black Law Students Association, Willamette University College of Law, Salem, OR
Preston C. Greene: President, Black Law Students Association, Willamette University College of Law sharing his Journey in Law School and his Experience and Roles in Law. Lawcrossing.com.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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STUDENT PROFILE www.lawcrossing.com 1. 800.973.1177 Preston C. Greene: President, Black Law Students Association, Willamette University College of Law, Salem, OR [By Charisse Dengler] Preston C. Greene, a 3L at Willamette University College of Law, used to want to be a professional baseball player. However, after that dream fell through when he was about 12 years old, he turned his attention to the field of law. Ever since then, he has forged ahead toward the goal of becoming an attorney, inspired by the myriad possibilities that exist for attorneys, both in terms of practice areas and in terms of different viewpoints and ways of reaching conclusions.“The study of law has and will continue to to mention he is a brilliant attorney whose “The main goal and purpose is to promotebe fun and interesting to me because of trial practice seminar has been taught at and support black law students,” he said.the number of ways that an argument can universities and firms throughout the nation. “Minorities are underrepresented in the legalbe made [and] the many different areas of A good mentor does not always tell you what field. Thus, the association strives to activelystudy of specialty,” Greene said. “However, you want to hear, but the desire to assist and support incoming black attorneys throughthe best thing about the study of law is the develop one’s skills is essential.” mentorship and guidance.”people. The arguments and debates, theexchange of ideas and philosophies-this Upon graduation, Greene has plans to In addition to his role within the Black Lawinteraction is what really drives me in the work in real estate and development law. Students Association, Greene is also Chair ofstudy of law. Individuals come from many Somewhere down the road, he has grand the Moot Court Board. This position requiresdifferent backgrounds and upbringings and aspirations to found a development company him to run moot court competitions, and hecontribute their experiences.” with some of his high school friends. The said that even though the position has been group has been planning this future endeavor difficult at times because of the responsibility“I feel you learn something best when for awhile and taking the appropriate steps it carries with it, the overall experience hasyou have someone to debate and question to get themselves closer to their dream. been extremely rewarding.your ideas and thoughts,” he added. “Thisexchange is fundamental to the study of law, “Three friends and I from high school have “I became Chair with the goal of establishingand I thoroughly enjoy the experience. One had our eyes on starting a development a reputation within the Oregon legalof my favorite experiences that I experience company,” Greene said. “However, we all community as a professional, well-respectedon a daily basis is the exchange of ideas with felt that we should each have a skill set organization,” he said. “I feel that throughothers who have fundamentally different and competence in an area of real estate the many policies and changes that I and theideas and beliefs than me.” development before we could successfully executive board have undertaken, we have operate a development company. As I [make] paved the path for future generations of mootDuring his three years in law school, Greene my way [into the field of] real estate law, court boards to strive and excel and to becomehas had the opportunity to be informally my two friends are working in commercial a school respected nationally for its program.”mentored by a professor he holds in high real estate, zoning, and land planning,esteem. Professor Leroy J. Tornquist, who respectively. Thus, we are now waiting to In addition to his responsibilities at school,teaches courses in civil procedure, evidence, become competent in our fields and for the Greene works as a project assistant at thenegotiation, and trial advocacy, has been one right opportunity to begin.” Oregon Court of Appeals. In this position,of Greene’s biggest influences at Willamette. which started out as an externship, he As President of the Black Law Students is working on a legislative report and“I have been most influenced by Professor Association, Greene is responsible for educational symposium entitled “BestTornquist at my law school,” Greene said. promoting diversity at Willamette. This is a Practices.”“He has always been professional, courteous, somewhat bigger challenge than one mightstraightforward, and always has the time for think, seeing as how there are currently no “The ability to interact with some of thea student and a word of encouragement-not black 1L or 2L students at the law school. brightest legal minds in Oregon on a projectPAGE continued on back
STUDENT PROFILE www.lawcrossing.com 1. 800.973.1177that can influence appellate court position, he assists the legal department, the area has been transformed into a new,management and procedures throughout researching and writing for a number of the vibrant, and livable community.”the nation was an opportunity I could commission’s projects. Greene is especiallynot pass up,” he said. “Thus, one year excited about this job because it provides ON THE NETinto the project, I am looking forward to him with direct, relevant experience that Willamette University College of Lawaccomplishing the goals of publishing an will help him when he is ready to start his www.willamette.edu/lawacademic paper, presenting the findings in development business.an educational symposium, and helping the Willamette Moot Court Boardpeople of Oregon by ensuring their courts “The job is very exciting and offers the www.willamette.edu/wucl/students/are run in an effective and efficient manner.” opportunity to be part of a major factor in organizations/mootcourt the landscape of Portland,” he said.As if that doesn’t keep him busy enough, “[P]rojects such as the development of the Portland Development CommissionGreene is also a law clerk for the Portland South Waterfront offer an opportunity to www.pdc.usDevelopment Commission. In this see your work in action on a daily basis, asPAGE