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November 16, 2004

LIFE@LAW November 15 – 28: News and Events of the UO School of Law

Life @Law November 15 -28, 2004
HIGHLIGHTS: Negotiation Team wins in BC! Uniform Commercial Code for tribes, World Conservation Congress, Class of 1954, Measure 36 – what next? and more
Through November 24    HUNGER: FOOD DRIVE
Yes, there are still hungry people in Lane County. Law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta is leading a food drive to help needy families this winter.  Food for Lane County suggests: canned meats, fish and stews; family-sized soups and chili with beef or chicken; peanut butter; hot and cold cereal; deluxe macaroni and cheese; refried beans, canned spaghetti with meat; spaghetti noodles; corned beef or spam. (Sorry – no home-processed items.) Food bins are in the commons. INFO aurquha1@law.uoregon.edu: .

Tuesday, November 16        PANEL: Greenbook Initiative
Noon, Room 184. Lane juvenile court judge Kip Leonard and Diana Avery of the Family Violence Response Initiative will discus The Greenbook, a pilot program in several counties, including Lane, that encourages agencies and the courts to work together in cases where domestic violence and child maltreatment intersect. Sponsored by FLIP – Family Law in Practice student group. INFO: flip@law.uoregon.edu.

Wednesday, November 17     MOVIE: Where Do You Stand?
4:30 P.M., Room 141. Join a new group of law students interested in labor law, immigrant workers and worker rights. Their goal is to network with LERC faculty, local attorneys and unions for internships, summer jobs and projects that help fulfill your writing requirement. The group will screen a 2004 video about mill workers in Kannapolis, North Carolina who won the South’s largest union victory after a very tough 25 years of bad working conditions, intimidation and fear in a segregated, company town. Sponsored by the UO Labor Education and Research Center and the Morse Center Pizza provided. INFO: hallock@uoregon.edu.

Thursday, November 18            MEETING: Land Air Water
Thursday, November 18            SLIDESHOW: Umpqua Watershed
7:00 P.M.-8:30 P.M.,Room 175. Umpqua basin resident Bob Hoehne presents aerial and ground photographs of the region. followed by Farming the Seas, a PBS documentary about aquaculture and sustainability. Co-sponsored by Land Air Water Free and open to the public. INFO: orahoske@law.uoregon.edu or jhartz@law.uoregon.edu

Thursday, November 18    Dinner at the Dean’s
UO law students of color are invited to dine and Dean Laird and Lind Kirkpatrick’s home tonight. INFO: lrichard@law.uoregon.edu.

Saturday, November 20    WORK PARTY: Fight the Invaders
9:30 Noon, F.M. Wilkins Shelter, 220 Summit Ave. Make Hendricks Park safe for law-abiding native plants. Join Land Air Water at the Hendricks Park monthly volunteer work party. Says LAW member Jason Hartz, If you arrive earlier, coffee and pastries are usually available in limited quantities. INFO: jhartz@law.uoregon.edu.

Saturday, November 20    AFTER THE WORK PARTY: The Horsehead
9:00 P.M., 99 West Broadway, Eugene. Land Air Water informal gathering at The Horsehead bar in downtown Eugene. INFO: jhartz@law.uoregon.edu.

Sunday, November 21        Civil War Relay
The 50-mile race from Autzen Stadium in Eugene to Linn Benton Community College in Albany takes place the day after the UO Ducks and OSU Beavers battle for top….vertebrate? Rumor has it that the law school running team plans to run the Civil War Relay again (this year without stalwart Jane Steckbeck, associate director of career services.) Stay tuned.

Tuesday, November 23    DEADLINE: Learned Hand Awards
UO president and former law school dean Dave Frohnmayer will receive a 2004 Learned Hand Award at the 2004 CLE luncheon in Portland on November 30. Dean Kirkpatrick is hosting the law school table, which is already full. You may still purchase seats individually – please make your reservations no later than today: portland@ajc.org.

Tuesday, November 23    ROUND TABLE: Duncan Campbell 73
Noon 1:00 P.M., Room 282. Roundtable lunch with Portland attorney and CPA Duncan Campbell ’73. Campbell has over 25 years experience in the forest industry and is the founder and chair of The Campbell Group, a timberland investment management company. In 1993, Campbell founded Friends of the Children a Portland nonprofit that provides full-time, professional mentors to high-risk youth for 12 years, starting in first grade. He was a member of Gov. Kulongoski’s transition team steering committee. The dean is hosting Campbell’s visit to the law school. RSVP for the round table to dgilbert@law.uoregon.edu.

Thursday, November 25    THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
Here’s something to add to your thank-you list…. our beautiful William W. Knight Law Center enjoys its fifth birthday this fall. Be sure to let it know how much you love its light-filled spacious self. (And that you also love the 1,000 donors who helped build it.)

Friday, November 26        THANKSGIVING STAFF HOLIDAY
Jaqua Law Library open. 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. Administrative offices closed


Two provincial Supreme Court judges and a partner in Fraser Milner Casgrain, one of Canada’s largest law firms, judged 3Ls Jesse Sweet and Elizabeth Allred the winners in of the ABA regional negotiation competition last weekend at the University of British Columbia. It was fun, and a very full schedule – we just got back last night and we’re beat, said Sweet, one of four UO law students at the event. Members of the other team, 3L David Eder and 1L Andy Albertson, finished in the top four. Twenty teams from western Canada and the Northwest U.S. competed.

In September, thirty-two UO law teams participated in the first round of this annual competition sponsored by the Moot Court Board. The topic was Art Museums and Collectibles: Transactions and Disputes. Two teams advanced to the regionals. Now the winning team of Sweet and Allred will battle for the national championship in Salt Lake City next February 12 and 13. (Better block out your calendar for July- just in case they go to internationals!)

Oregon voters decisively rejected the idea of gay marriage, said law professor Robert Tsai in op eds published on November 12 in the Eugene Register-Guard and on November 15 in the Oregonian. Now it is the Oregon Supreme Court’s solemn task to harmonize Measure 36 with the rest of the state constitution…the court should take care to recognize that the measure leaves intact legislative power to enact laws that extend protections and benefits to same-sex couples, such as civil unions. READ THE FULL STORY:
Register Guard


Order of the Emerald
The Class of 1954 gathered in the Lewis Lounge for their fiftieth reunion on November 12 and were inducted into the university’s Order of the Emerald. Mrs. A. Lois Ackerman – retired registrar and longtime sole administrative employee of the law school- read each name and UO president Dave Frohnmayer presented fifty year medals to Leon Campbell, William Deatherage, Don Dunn, the Hon. Malcolm Marsh and Ilene Hershner, widow of classmate Jim Hershner. Dean Laird Kirkpatrick gave a gold pin to each alum on behalf of the School of Law.

A Uniform Commercial Code for Tribes
Commercial law professor Carl Bjerre writes, I am the reporter (the drafter or pen-wielder or statute-shaper) for a committee of NCCUSL, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. We are working on adapting parts of the Uniform Commercial Code for possible adoption by Native American tribes. We generally work on harmonizing laws among the 50 states, but in this case we are thinking about harmonization between the 50 states -which already have the UCC – and the Native American tribes – which don’t. Many tribes are particularly interested in adopting Article 9, which governs secured lending. With the law governing loans to tribal residents being, today, very dissimilar to the law governing mainstream U.S. borrowers, mainstream lenders are reluctant to extend secured credit to that community, just as they were reluctant to lend across state lines in the old days. With harmonization of the law, that impediment will be removed. Bjerre is a member of NCCUSL, which is responsible for formulating most of the nation’s commercial law.

Good Advice
Two local entrepreneurs and community activists will give small business clinic students the benefit of their long experience when they talk about how to select a business attorney on November 17. Carolyn Chambers is chair of the Center for Law and Entrepreneurship Advisory Board and CEO of Chambers Communications, the family firm she helped build. Broker Ruby Brockett cofounded Prudential Preferred Properties, which grew to three Eugene offices and 90 employees. This year, it merged with a Salem company to form the largest real estate firm outside the Portland metro area. INFO: lstrothe@law.uoregon.edu.

World Conservation Congress
Environmental law professors Svitlana Kravchenko and John Bonine will give 10 lectures in 10 days during a whirlwind tour of the Philippines and Thailand. This week, they will help train Filipino environmental law professors. Next week, they travel to the World Conservation Congress in Bangkok, where 4,000 top government officials and conservation and biodiversity experts will gather. Kravchenko will present at Judiciary Day, where supreme court and constitutional court judges from around the world will discuss how to improve their handling of environmental matters. Bonine and Kravchenko also helped organize a workshop on human rights and the environment and drafted a motion on the same topic that they hope the Congress will adopt.


Monday, November 29    Last day of fall semester classes

Tuesday, November 30    PORTLAND: Learned Hand Awards Lunch
11:45 A.M.-1:30 P.M., Governor Hotel. University president Dave Frohnmayer will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. INFO: mailto:portland@ajc.org.

Tuesday, November 30    DEADLINE: 2005 Frohnmayer Award nominations . INFO: colleen@law.uoregon.edu.

Thursday, December 9        2005 Frohnmayer Award meeting
The Frohnmayer Award Committee will meet on December 9th, in Portland, to select the 2005 honoree.

Sunday, December 12        Dean’s Holiday Open House
Laird and Lind Kirkpatrick host their annual open house for law school faculty and staff. INFO: swilson@law.uoregon.edu.

All events are free and open to the public at the Knight Law Center (1515 Agate Street, Eugene), unless otherwise noted. Dates and times are subject to change best to check the contact number or email just to make sure.


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