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Aaron R. Harmon

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law

Education

  • J.D. (High Honors, Order of the Coif), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2007)
  • M.A., Wake Forest University (2000)
  • B.A., Willamette University (1991)

Aaron R. Harmon is an Oregon "green" real estate attorney whose practice emphasizes sustainable and high-performance real estate development projects, green leasing, and closely-held business transactions. Prior to joining the WLRC, he was a Visiting Professor at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.

Professor Harmon was one of the first attorneys in the nation to receive the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional credential. He is frequently invited to lecture on the intersection between green construction, sustainability and the law.

Professor Harmon graduated from Willamette University, where he was a competitive policy and parliamentary debater, and Wake Forest University, where he was a graduate assistant debate coach. He earned his J.D. degree with high honors (Order of the Coif) in 2007 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

During law school, Professor Harmon served as Editor-in-Chief of the North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology, where he is currently a member of the Board of Advisors, and was recognized by the North Carolina Bar Association for his commitment to pro bono service. After graduation, Professor Harmon returned to Portland to practice real estate law at Ball Janik LLP.

Professor Harmon has published law journal articles on the ethics of outsourcing legal work to India, federal regulation of meth lab remediation, and the Confrontation Clause issues raised by allowing children to testify using closed-circuit television. He is a board member of the Hollywood Farmers Market (in Portland, Oregon), has served as a board committee member of Reach Community Development, LLC and is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Portland Community Land Trust (now Proud Ground), and the Center for Earth Leadership.

Professor Harmon also co-founded Sol Pops, a Portland-based gourmet and wellness popsicle company. Inspired by Triangle favorite Locopops, Sol Pops began as a side project, a case study for hardwiring sustainability principles into small business ventures. The pops quickly became popular at Portland-area farmers markets, and flavors such as Cucumber Lime Jalapeño and Sugar Snap Pea with Orange have been featured in many publications, including Sunset Magazine, Frommers Budget Travel, the Washington Post, Portland Monthly, Organic Spa, American Airlines Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and the Food Network Magazine.

Sol Pops are made of whole, fresh fruits and vegetables and minimally refined sweeteners. The company emphasizes local and organic ingredients in order to promote local economies and sustainable agricultural practices. Packaging is 100% recyclable or compostable, and Sol Pops is the first and only frozen treat company to use sticks certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Professor Harmon is licensed to practice in Oregon.

Curriculum Vitae PDF

Selected Publications

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  • Sol Pops and the 'S.O.L. Principles' That Guide Our Business, in THE PORTLAND BOTTOM LINE:  PRACTICES FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS FROM AMERICAS'S HOTBED OF SUSTAINABILITY (Peter Korchnak ed., Goodbookery, 2010). [HC79.E5 P67 2010]
  • Climate Change Report (by Jeanne Roy & Dick Roy), (Center for Earth Leadership, 2009).
  • The Ethics of Legal Process Outsourcing--Is the Practice of Law a 'Noble Profession,' or is it Just Another Business?, 13 J. TECH. L & POL'Y 41 (2008). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Emerging Opportunities in Alternative Energy Sources (by Renee M. France), ENVIRONMENTAL LAW NEWS, Ball Janik LLP (Fall 2006).
  • The Methamphetamine Remediation Research Act of 2005:  Just What the Doctor Ordered for Cleaning Up Methfields--or Sugar Pill Placebo, 7 N.C. J.L. & TECH. 421 (2006). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Child Testimony via Two-Way Closed Circuit Television:  A New Perspective on Maryland v. Craig in United States v. Turning Bear and United States v. Bordeaux, 7 N.C. J.L. & TECH. 157 (2005). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
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