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March 9, 2005

LIFE@LAW: March 7 – March 20, 2005

News and Events of the University of Oregon School of Law
Life@Law March 7 March 20, 2005

HIGHLIGHTS: Four years in a row for OSB Pro Bono Award! Oregon Supreme Court Visits, Jeffrey Fisher keynotes the O’Connell Conference, Estate taxes and the lottery, Entrepreneurship team wins $10k prize…and more

March 7 – March 18        Prepare for Public Service Day
Sign-ups each day at noon in the Commons for the second (perhaps even the annual) public service day on April 2. Opportunities abound – You can paint, build and maintain trails, dig in organic gardens, restore streams, and EVEN make festive table centerpieces. Talk about variety…. sign up right now! INFO:
Tuesday, March 8        O’FALLON LECTURE: Red Roadsides
8:00 P.M., 177 Lawrence. Lucy Lippard, author of On the Beaten Track: Tourism, Art and Place (1999) will talk on Native Americans, tourism, art, and the relationship of culture to place. The Colin Ruagh Thomas O’Fallon lectures alternate between the topics of art and law and are named in memory of the son of UO law professor Jim O’Fallon and his wife, artist Ellen Thomas. Free and open to the public. INFO 
Thursday, March 10    
CONFERENCE: Bench and Bar Come Together

8:30 A.M.-4:15 P.M., Knight Law Center. Judges and attorneys share the stage at this year’s O’Connell Conference. The keynote Revolution: How a Northwest Lawyer Transformed Criminal Procedure in the U.S. features Jeffrey Fisher, who became a partner in the Seattle office of Davis White Tremaine after he had won two U.S. Supreme Court cases in four months his first criminal trials. Crawford v. Washington reframed the right of confrontation, and Blakely v. Washington challenged the legality of federal sentencing guidelines.

Thursday, March 10    PORTLAND: Pro Bono Challenge Awards
They did it again! Associate Director Jane Steckbeck will accept our fourth award in a row for student pro bono contributions in the Oregon State Bar Pro Bono Challenge from Oregon Supreme Court Justice Tom Balmer at the downtown Marriott Hotel in Portland. See News

Friday, March 11         VISITORS: Oregon Supreme Court
Oral arguments at the law school. Sponsored by Legal Research and Writing program. The Lane County Bar is sponsoring a lunch in the commons ($15 for bar members and students.) A reception for the justices and invited guests will be held in the Lewis Lounge after the last case is heard.

Friday, March 11    
LECTURE: What happens when lottery winners die?
Noon, Room 141. Well, what about the estate tax implications of winning the lottery? Expert Wendy Gerzog, who has testified before the Senate Finance Committee and the Treasury Department on estate tax matters, will deliver a version of the lecture she gave as a University of Washington distinguished scholar. Gerzog is a tax professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law and comes to us as a guest of the faculty Lecture and Awards Committee. Host Judd Sneirson said, The tax implications are serious. I, for one, have refrained from winning the lottery for this very reason. Wendy Gerzog’s

Tuesday, March 15        VISITORS: Board of Bar Examiners
Noon, Room 110: The board meets with third-year students.
1:00 p.m., Lewis Lounge. Lunch meeting with the faculty.

Tuesday, March 15        Working for the Big Guys
Noon, Room 141. Career Services sponsors a seminar on practicing in medium and large law firms. Law professors who know all about it will speak:
Carl Bjerre (Clearly Gottlieb, New York City), Andrea Coles-Bjerre (Milbank Tweed, NYC), Judd Sneirson (Willkie Farr & Gallagher, NYC) and Robert Illig (Nixon Peabody, NYC and London). Assistant Dean Merv Loya says, This is particularly important for 2Ls who want to work for firms outside of Oregon.
(541) 346-3847.

Wednesday, March 16      Federal Court Clerkships
Noon, Room 141. Tom Carter, career law clerk for Ninth Circuit Court Judge Otto Skopil, speaks about federal court clerkships. (541) 346-3847.

Friday, March 18        Bye
Good-bye, everyone, Have a great spring break. Time to get away from this eternally dull sunshine, dry pavements and dozing on the lawn. Time to go where there’s REAL weather…. like Southern California.


Four years in a row for Pro Bono Award!
Jane Steckbeck, the Mother Jones of the OSB Pro Bono Challenge, said,Our students submitted over 10,500 hours a tremendous contribution. The 2005 graduating class, who volunteered more than 8000 hours last year and more than 4000 hours this year, have broken all prior records for a 2L and 3L class pro bono contribution!


Entrepreneurship Team Wins $10,000 Prize
Law student Clayton Jones, who is working on a joint J.D./M.B.A. degree, celebrated yet another win as a member of the UO “Perpetua” business plan team. Jones is part of the Technology Entrepreneurship Fellows program, co-sponsored by the law school’s Center for Law and Entrepreneurship.

Jones, who has a background in biotechnology, engineering, and business, said of his team’s product, The Perpetua Harvester, a battery that never dies, will initially be installed in wireless sensor networks monitoring the structural health of bridges and pipelines throughout the United States. From there, the possibilities are limited only by the imagination.

Michael Moffitt helps Corvallis School District avoid strike
After thirteen months of tense negotiations and several all-day mediation sessions with UO law professor Michael Moffitt, teachers in Corvallis, Ore. reached a bargaining agreement with the school board. FULL STORY

Tom Lininger drafts law on domestic abuse
Assistant professor Tom Lininger, who chairs the Oregon Evidence Commission, has drafted a Bill that deals with the laws around domestic abuse court hearings, reported in the Feb. 22 Register-Guard.


The Turnaround Kings
Legal Research and Writing director Suzanne Rowe writes, Oregon made its best showing ever at the National Appellate Advocacy Competition‘s regional meeting in San Francisco. Chris Ledford and Jason Busch were one of four teams to advance to the national competition in Chicago in March. Justin Hepworth and Adrian Urquhart advanced to the semi-final round. Chris and Jason wrote the third best brief, while Justin and Adrian received an award for the fifth best. Chris was named the best advocate of over 100 competitors.

This is quite a turn-around. Just a few years ago, Oregon’s NAAC coach was told that our teams were so weak that they were looked on as a first round “bye.” We were matched against top teams and always lost in the first round. One change in our showing was the agreement a few years ago to begin using LRW brief grades – graded by LRW professors – as the gateway to the NAAC competition. The top writers in each LRW section engage in an oral argument to select the team members. The fact that both of our teams won awards for their briefs is impressive.

An Awkward Conception
Here’s a legal problem that our grandparents could not have conceived (no pun intended)…Associate Professor Susan Gary, who is a fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel, is the author of “Posthumously Conceived Heirs: Where the Law Stands and What to Do About It Now.” The article appears in the March/April 2005 issue of Probate & Property, the practice-oriented magazine published by the ABA section on Real Property, Probate and Trust Law. Probate & Property Magazine website:

Gary has also been working for the past two years with lawyers and bankers around the state as cochair of a group that is working on a trust code for Oregon. She testified last month on SB 275, the Oregon Uniform Trust Code, at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee in Salem.


March 21-25            Spring Break

Wednesday, March 30     Pro Bono Open House
Noon, Room 141. INFO

Wednesday, March 30     SALEM: University of Oregon Day
Join UO President Dave Frohnmayer and other advocates as they meet with legislators throughout the day to discuss higher education and your alma mater. Tim Black, of the UO Office of Public and Government Affairs, swears it’s fun. After you’ve done your part, the UO will host a reception in the Capitol from 4:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M. Let the organizers know if you plan to attend.

March 31-April 1    CONFERENCE: Homeland INSecurity
A free, two-day public discussion of race, immigration and labor in post-September 11 U.S.A. As the response to the terrorist bombing of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon changed into a permanent War on Terror, some American residents have experienced more drastic changes than others. Find out how refugees, guest workers, and minority communities experience the new policies at this scholarly conference sponsored by Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics and CODAC. Keynoter Roberto Lovato is a Los Angeles writer for Pacific News Service whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Salon, the Nation, La Opinion and other national media. Presenters include UO law professors Keith Aoki and Steve Bender. INFO

Friday, April 1         Oregon Law Review Banquet
6:00 P.M., Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Guest speaker: Oregon Supreme Court Justice Paul DeMuniz. INFO

Saturday, April 2        Public Service Day
Breakfast in the Commons, 8:30 A.M., into the community by 9:00 a.m. and back at noon for lunch… Agencies served include Habitat for Humanity, FOOD for Lane County Raptor Center, Friends of Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah, ARC of Lane County, Committed Partners for Youth, Mt. Pisgah Arboretum and Prevention and Recovery NW. Sponsored by Public Interest Public Service Program (PIPS.)

Thursday, April 7         Pro Bono Awards
5:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M., Wayne Morse Commons INFO

Saturday, April 9         Visiting Day
1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Our stealth researcher recently divulged information that suggests admitted students become matriculated students by talking to current students. So, current students, please do your bit.
The Sophisticatos, one of the incarnations of our fabulous faculty and student band, will play the reception late in the afternoon.

Saturday, April 9        Minority Law Day
Featuring undergraduate preparation for law school and other useful information. INFO

Thursday, April 14       Breaking the Mold: The Big Firm & Beyond
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Room 142. Sponsored by the Minority Law Student Association. INFO  

Friday, April 15    MEETINGS: Dean’s Advisory Council, Alumni Board
Both groups will meet in Portland before the Frohnmayer Award banquet.

Friday, April 15    BANQUET: Frohnmayer Award for Public Service
6:00 P.M. Reception, 7:00 P.M. Dinner. Embassy Suites Hotel, Portland.
The fourth annual public service award honors Lawrence A. Aschenbrenner ’57. From 1960s Mississippi to 21st century Alaska, he has defended the poor and disenfranchised with energy and zeal. Aschenbrenner was Oregon’s first public defender in the early 1960s, director of the Mississippi office of the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights in 1968 and a partner in Oregon’s first public interest law firm in the 1970s. An expert in Indian law, he spent the last twenty years as head of the Native American Rights Fund in Anchorage, Alaska. Lare Aschenbrenner was born in Baker, Oregon and graduated from the law school in 1957. The Frohnmayer Award is sponsored by the UO Law Alumni Association. INFO

Ducks, Drakes and Ducklings
The whole Aschenbrenner family are Ducks of one sort or another John L. graduated from the law school in 1992 and is an attorney in Chuglak, Alaska. Ted graduated from the law school in 1983. Daughter Connie, also a lawyer, got her undergraduate degree from the UO and her law degree from Thomas Cooley in Michigan. Lare met his wife Katy, a teacher, at the UO. Son Dan followed in his mother’s footsteps, earning his undergraduate degree at the UO and his degree in education from the University of Alaska. All of the family – including Dan’s wife Sandy and several grandchildren – will help Lare celebrate at the Frohnmayer Award Banquet.

April 22        Last day of spring semester classes

April 25-May 9    Spring semester exams

Sunday, May 15    COMMENCEMENT: Class of 2005
1:00 P.M., Hult Center, 6th and Willamette in downtown Eugene, followed by a reception in the Commons. INFO

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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