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April 11, 2005

LIFE@LAW: Environmental and Dispute Resolution law programs rank high, John Coffee on corporate scandal and more

News and Events of the University of Oregon School of Law
Life@Law April 11 -24, 2005

HIGHLIGHTS: Environmental and Dispute Resolution law programs rank high, Native American Rights Fund attorney Lare Aschenbrenner receives 2005 Frohnmayer Award, John Coffee on corporate scandals and gatekeepers who failed the investors, David Newman on Israel-Palestine Peace, Breaking the Mold: Women and Big Firm success, All-day filibuster and more  

Magazine rankings give thumbs up to UO Environmental Law, Dispute Resolution programs
The annual magazine graduate school rankings include a number of law specialties, and two UO law programs are ranked among the best this year.
Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program
The environmental law program, one of the first to be established in the United States, is ranked third among those at the nation’s public law schools and seventh overall.

“This ranking is a nice public way to show what the law school, alumni and professionals within the environmental law field have known for years our environmental and natural resources law program is one of the best,” said law professor Mary Wood, ENR program director.

The law school offered its first environmental law classes in 1964 and established one of the earliest environmental law curriculums in the country. In the late 1970s, the law school pioneered the very first environmental law clinic. For 23 years, UO law students have organized the oldest and largest public interest environmental law conference in the world. A law review, the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation, has been published since 1985. The program got its first permanent home in 2002 in the Bowerman Environmental Law Center, Suite 225 on the second floor of the Knight Law Center.

Appropriate Dispute Resolution Program
The law school’s dispute resolution program, founded only five years ago, is already listed as the fourth best public program and 13th overall.

“In our program’s first five years, we have added classes, integrated dispute resolution principles into many traditional law classes, created a small claims court mediation clinic, were chosen to oversee all of the state’s community mediation programs, and are launching a master’s degree program in conflict and dispute resolution, said Associate Dean Jane Gordon, the program’s director. Our students are involved in service activities, mediation and negotiation competitions, and our annual conferences. There is palpable energy and excitement here!

Top 50 Reputation
Once again, the UO School of Law has placed in the top 50 in national reputation among peer institutions, lawyers and judges.

Looking for a Few Good Men
The nonprofit Domestic Violence Clinic, a partnership among the UO law school, Lane County Legal Aid Services, Womenspace and Sexual Assault Support Services is looking for 1,000 men to donate $10 apiece to help reduce domestic violence.
Register Guard Fundraising story:
Courtesy Professor Ann Kneeland and the Domestic Violence clinic

Merle Weiner Keynotes Conference on Child Abduction
UO law professor Merle Weiner, who coauthored the first textbook on international family law, will keynote an April 22 conference in Seattle on The Hague Convention, a 1980 act dealing with international child abduction. 

Monday, April 11    Filibustering For Fun
9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Morse Commons. American Constitution Society conducts an all-day mock filibuster as a gesture of support towards this fine tradition and the old habit of reviewing the executive’s judicial nominees. Note that Sen. Wayne Morse himself once spoke for 22 hours straight in a filibuster to block passage of the Oil Tidelands Act. INFO

Monday, April 11    LECTURE: Israel-Palestine Peace with David Newman
7:30 P.M., Room 175. David Newman is a political geographer whose commentaries have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times,International Herald Tribune and others. He will speak on The Israel-Palestine Peace: Process in the Post-Arafat Era. Newman is a professor of political geography at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in southern Israel. Part of the Morse Center’s two-year theme on The Changing Geopolitical Order.
INFO: http://www.morsechair.uoregon.edu/ 

Tuesday, April 12     SPOTLIGHT: Ready for Your Closeup, Student Authors?
Noon, Room 184 Oregon Law Review can help you write your comprehensive paper then publication, perhaps? Law professor Judd Sneirson, whose student work was cited by no less than Supreme Court Justice Thomas, will speak, according to law review sources. Tasty food and testimonials. INFO: olr@law.uoregon.edu.
Tuesday, April 12        SPEAKER: Jeff Berman on Filibustering Noon, Room 175. Los Angeles political consultant Jeff Berman speaks on The Constitutionality of the Filibuster. Sponsored by the law school chapter of the American Constitutional Society. INFO

Tuesday, April 12        LECTURE: The Black Church with Nick Salvatore

7:30 P.M., Room 175. Lecture and Book Signing with Cornell historian Nick Salvatore, author of Singing in a Strange Land, C.L. Franklin, The Black Church and the Transformation of America. INFO

Thursday, April 14            PANEL: Oregon Land Use Law
Noon, Room 110. Insiders’ perspectives on Oregon land use issues and the practice of land use law with Lane County Commissioner Pete Sorenson, Emily Jerome of Harrang Long, and attorney Bill Kloos. Moderated by law professor Tom Lininger. Sponsored by the ENR Sustainable Land Use Project. INFO

Thursday, April 14    LECTURE: John Coffee    
Gatekeepers: Role (and Reform) of Professionals in Corporate Governance
4:00 P.M., Room 110. Corporate law expert John C. Coffee Jr. will speak about the auditors, attorneys, securities analysts, and other professionals who failed to serve the interests of investors during the corporate scandals of the last several years. Coffee is the Adolf
Berle Professor of Law at Columbia University Law School, the director of its Center on Corporate Governance and the Order of the Coif Distinguished Visitor for the 2004-5 academic year.
INFO: business@law.uoregon.edu

Thursday, April 14    PANEL: Breaking the Mold: The Big Firm and Beyond
11:30 A.M. 1:00 P.M., Room 141. Judge Darlene Ortega, Oregon Court of Appeals; Tiffany Harris, Schwabe; Angie Lee , Crabtree & Rahmsdorff; Carol McCoog, Preston Gates and Patricia McGuire, Davis Wright Tremaine
discuss their roles at big firms and how big firm law practice helped their careers. Chicken or vegetarian stir fry lunch available to those who RSVP in plenty of time. Sponsored by the Minority Law Student Association. INFO

Thursday, April 14    LECTURE: Social Change after Liberia’s Civil War
7:00 P.M., Room 175. Jerome Verdier, an attorney with Green Advocates, will speak about Liberia’s past, present and preparations for upcoming elections. Free and open to the public. Reception follows the lecture. Sponsored by Public Interest/Public Service Program (PIPS). 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, 319 SW Pine St., Portland. The fourth annual public service award honors civil rights litigator Lawrence A. Aschenbrenner ’57. From 1960s Mississippi to 21st century Alaska, he has defended the poor and disenfranchised with energy and zeal. He was Oregon’s first public defender, a partner in the state’s first public interest law firm and a litigator who fought for African-Americans during the height of the civil rights movement. Since 1976, he has worked on behalf of Native Americans, retiring as director of the Alaska office of the Native American Rights Fund in 2002. The Frohnmayer Award is sponsored by the UO Law Alumni Association. Tickets cost $75 per person, $40 for attorneys and employees of public service/public interest organizations. INFO: (541) 346-3970 or email alumni@law.uoregon.edu

Wednesday, April 20    Day Formerly Known As Secretaries’ Day
Noon, Lewis Lounge. Although Administrative Professionals Day doesn’t have the same zing, it’s still time to celebrate all those office support staff who make you look good. Staff will be attended by the dean and faculty, and fed well. INFO

April 22        Last day of spring semester classes

Friday, April 22     LAW FACULTY WORKSHOP: Bernard Harcourt
Noon, Lewis Lounge. The law faculty will meet for lunch and a workshop with Bernard Harcourt, who teaches criminal law at the University of Chicago. His scholarship focuses on issues of crime and punishment from an empirical and social theoretic perspective. INFO.

Building manager and ENR assistant to receive UO’s highest honor for classified staff

Jim Horstrup, Knight Law Center building manager and Dianne Bass, administrative assistant for the environmental and coastal law programs, will be honored with top awards at the UO Classified Employee Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday, April 26 at 3:30 P.M. in Gerlinger Lounge.

Dianne Bass
Richard Hildreth, one of the law faculty who helped develop the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program two years ago, said Dianne had volunteered to help with the myriad organizational tasks the project would entail. I must admit I wondered if she could pull it off. But, never fear, with her vital help, it was recently made a permanent law school program.

Law professor Mary Wood, who directed the program in its founding year, said, Dianne realizes the broad significance of what we do…She’s a real strategist, always using the most efficient means to create the highest quality product. Her work is flawless.

Bass has worked at the law school for five years. She holds an associate degree in business technology from Lane Community College and is a member of the Association of Legal Secretaries. Bass served on the UO Classified Staff Training and Development Advisory Committee for three years.

Jim Horstrup
Associate Dean Jane Gordon knew the job of taking care of the new Knight Law Center was  an important one. Jim Horstrup was the second person to hold the position. It is an understatement to say that he has taken this work to a new level, she said.

Assistant Director Eliza Schmidkunz said that when Horstrup arrived, the night crew’s efficiency skyrocketed, art shows appeared perfectly hung, building beautification proceeded without reminder, events became smoothly coordinated, public rooms were always deliciously clean…he enables us all to live the fantasy of Eloise at The Plaza.

Horstrup has worked as a skilled craftsman, trades and maintenance worker and supervisor at a number of Lane County companies. He graduated from Sheldon High School, attended Lane Community College and most recently managed facilities at the School of Architecture and Allied Arts. He came to the law school in 2003.

Law Communications Director Shares 2005 CASE Gold Award
Eliza Schmidkunz, assistant director for communications at the law school, shared a Gold Award for promotional copywriting with 7 other UO communications officers. UO Director of Development Communications Ann Mack and Associate Director Ed Dorsch led the yearlong project to create a suite of 10 publications for the $600 million fundraising campaign now underway and accepted the award at the CASE regional conference in Seattle last February.
CASE is the professional organization for higher education communications, development, alumni relations and media relations professionals. The UO as a whole swept the regional awards this year with two gold awards, four silvers, three bronzes and a special lifetime achievement honor for former UO publications director George Beltran.

 Public institutions like the UO have to rely heavily on donations, grants, and other private funds today, so marketing communications is ever more critical, Schmidkunz said. Looks like we’re doing a pretty good job.

For copies of the law school campaign case statement, email info@law.uoregon.edu

Small World
The second PIPS public service day on April 2 was a smashing success (attested to by This Reporter who saw tired sweaty people and their kids enjoying a catered lunch in the Commons after hours of honest labor for local nonprofits.) Law professor Dom Vetri said, Several law students and I joined some Americorps volunteers to do window box planting and general weeding of flower beds at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home. People were very appreciative of our efforts.

Turns out those Americorps volunteers are from a Creswell group who work in the public schools there and are quartered in Jenny Carmichael’s church basement. Carmichael is the Oregon Community Mediation Office administrator, and she told the volunteers about the Public Interest/Public Service Program. Small World . . . and isn’t it great?

The Gold Watch
Jared W. Moss is this year’s Outstanding Student in Law and Entrepreneurship. Moss participated in the Technology Entrepreneurship Fellows Program last year and is enrolled in the Small Business Clinic now. Law and Entrepreneurship Center director Barbara Aldave says, We gave him a gold ‘Entrepreneur’ watch now at the beginning rather than the end of his professional career and his name will be inscribed on a plaque hanging in the reception area of Suite 220. Congratulations!
Remembering a Mentor
The third edition of law professor Leslie Harris’ textbook, Family Law, is just out. Associate Dean Margie Paris writes, This Aspen publication is the leading one in the field -used by Mary Ann Glendon at Harvard, Katherine Bartlett at Duke, and other luminaries.

The book is by way of being a tribute to Lee Teitlebaum, Harris’ mentor and coauthor on previous editions, who died shortly after work began on this one. This will be the last edition to bear his name. I knew Lee for 31 years more than half my life, Harris said. He was my favorite professor in law school at the University of New Mexico. As I worked on the book, I kept hearing his voice.

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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