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April 25, 2005

LIFE@LAW: Class of 1950 reunion, 2005 Commencement wine sale and more

News and Events of the University of Oregon School of Law
Life@Law April 25 May 8, 2005

HIGHLIGHTS: Oregon Innocence Network hosts Oregon’s first public defender – Lare Aschenbrenner, Indian law expert Charles Wilkinson speaks on Blood Struggle, Economist James Galbraith discusses the crisis in American wages and more.


April 25-May 9    Spring semester exams
Relax! Real life isn’t like finals week.  Real life is like law school without the grades, awards and encouragement – but with a lot more cash. So you come out about even.   
Monday, April 25
ACTUAL INNOCENCE: Oregon’s First Public Defender
5:00 P.M. Lewis Lounge (Fourth floor) Lawrence A. Aschenbrenner, appointed Oregon’s first public defender in 1964, will speak on noted cases he has litigated and his life as a civil rights lawyer.

In the 1960s, a cursory review of the trial transcript in one of Oregon’s most infamous cases revealed race prejudice to Aschenbrenner and his office successfully won post conviction review and a dismissal of a thirty-year old murder conviction against a Klamath Falls black man. In 1932, Teddy Jordan, a 24 year-old employee of the Southern Pacific Railroad, had been convicted by an all-white jury of murdering a white train steward and sentenced to hang. After an outcry from the NAACP and other groups who drew similarities to the infamous Scottsboro case of the same period, his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment the day before his scheduled execution in 1934. Sponsored by the Oregon Innocence Network. Refreshments.

Tuesday, April 26        UO Awards Feature Law Staff
3:30 P.M., Gerlinger Lounge (west of the EMU)
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.

Wednesday, April 27    LECTURE: Blood Struggle
6:30 P.M., Many Nations Longhouse (behind the law school.) Charles Wilkinson began his teaching career at the UO law school in 1975 and introduced Indian law into the curriculum. Now on the faculty at the University of Colorado, the noted Indian law expert, author, and tribal attorney talks about the beginning of the modern tribal sovereignty movement after World War II and his new book, Blood Struggle: The Rise of Modern Indian Nations. Free. Booksigning and reception after the lecture. INFO: (541) 346-3036  

Friday-Saturday, April 29-30   
CONFERENCE: Working in the Global Economy
From Canadian and Mexican labor union leaders to Bangladeshi workers’ groups and Hong Kong Christian labor advocates, GAP representatives to E-Law an extraordinary international conference covering working conditions and labor rights, health and safety, cross-border technical assistance, trade agreements and corporate conduct. It’s happening right here in River City. Free to UO students, faculty and staff. <http://www.uoregon.edu/~lerc/olshep/globaleconconf.htm>

Monday, May 2    LECTURE: The Crisis in American Pay
4:00 P.M., Fir Room, EMU, 1222 E. 13th Ave. Economist James K. Galbraith will deliver a free public lecture on wage inequality and its link to global insecurity. He is the author of Created Unequal: The Crisis in American Pay and his comments appear regularly in the national press. The gap between good and bad jobs was once quite small, he writes, But the gap has grown, and now is wider than at any other time since the Great Depression. It is so wide that it has come, once again, to threaten the social solidarity and stability of the country. Galbraith is a Morse Center Distinguished Speaker. INFO: <www.morsechair.uoregon.edu> or (541) 346-3699.


Freedom and Obedience
In each of us, all the time, the will for freedom clashes with the wish to obey, writes constitutionalist Garrett Epps in an Oregonian oped on Sunday, April 24.  The current turn to the authoritarian right won’t last, he argues . . . (The) backlash may come sooner or later — but in America, it always comes. When it does, the GOP will return to its roots, which (Missouri Republican Senator) Danforth identified as limited government, free trade, judicial restraint and internationalism.


For the Kids
Second-year law student Molly Allen has been awarded a Henry Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellowship from the University of Michigan to support her work in child advocacy this summer. Through the fellowship, students gain insight into the field and provide much needed services to various child welfare offices specializing in representation of children, parents and social service agencies. After attending a training conference in May, Allen will work for 10 weeks for the Juvenile Rights Project in Portland, an independent nonproft that advocates for poor and minority youth, children in foster care and abused and homeless young people.

This is a big deal! said family law professor Leslie Harris, Molly is the first student from Oregon to receive this fellowship!
Fellowship website: <http://www.law.umich.edu/CentersAndPrograms/childlaw/summerfellows/>

Palais des Nations
International environmental law expert and resident professor Svitlana Kravchencko writes, This week in Geneva at the United Nations’ Palais des Nations, I am going to participate in a high international governmental event — the second “Meeting of the Signatories” of the Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment. This is an international treaty that I helped negotiate as a delegate from nongovernmental organizations over the past several years.  The 37 countries that have signed it will now discuss its implementation.

Everyday Law for Latinos
Law professor Steven Bender, author of the 2003 book, Greasers and Gringos (scheduled to get its second wind as a trade paperback this fall, also by NYU Press), just inked a contract with Paradigm Publishers for a book in their new Everyday Law series. 

Everyday Law for Latinos will be written for a general and legal audience.
As immigrants, minorities and Spanish language speakers, Latinos often confront special legal problems under constitutional and civil rights, immigration, labor and criminal law. We’ll address these with practical legal-oriented solutions, Bender said.

He and his coauthors Joaquin Avila (Seattle University Law School) and Raquel Aldana (University of Nevada- Las Vegas law school) look forward to publication at the end of 2006.


Thursday, May 12    REUNION: Class of 1950
Noon, Lewis Lounge (Fourth floor). Lunch followed by a tour of the William W. Knight Law Center, a State of the Law School talk by Dean Laird Kirkpatrick INFO

Sunday, May 15            WINE SALE
Buy a bottle or a case of your offical UO Law 2005 class wine. For sale 9:30 to 12:30 before Commencement and 3:00 on after the ceremony. INFO: (541) 346-0037. 

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. Jeff Adachi, the elected San Francisco Public Defender, will speak. The law school will confer the meritorious service award on Eugene attorney Alice Plymell. The Hollis award for teaching, given by the faculty, goes to commercial law professor Carl Bjerre. The graduating class as the Commencement Marshall selected Joe Metcalfe, who teaches criminal law and trial practice, and Martha Pellegrino was chosen as class speaker. 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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