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May 9, 2005

LIFE@LAW: Congratulations, Class of 2005! 1950 reunion, bad poetry, wine sale and more

News and Events of the University of Oregon School of Law
Life@Law May 9-22, 2005

HIGHLIGHTS: Congratulations Class of 2005! Class of 1950 reunion, bad poetry, Law and Entrepreneurship wine sale and more.

Commencement tickets!
This year, friends, supporters and relatives of graduates must purchase $2 commencement tickets in order to attend the May 15 ceremony. (I know, I know but they’re a bargain.) HOW TO GET TICKETS

Monday, May 9-Thursday, May 12     Class of 2005 Wine Sale
8:30 A.M.-2:00 P.M. L&E Center (2nd floor). 2002 Hinman Pinot Noir with commemorative label Class of 2005 University of Oregon School of Law. $14.00 per bottle, 10% case discount. Sales continue before and after the commencement ceremony on May 15. Sponsored by the Law and Entrepreneurship Center – When it’s gone, it’s gone get it now, they say.

Thursday, May 12        REUNION: Class of 1950
Noon, Lewis Lounge (4th floor). Lunch followed by a tour of the William W. Knight Law Center and a State of the Law School talk by Dean Laird Kirkpatrick INFO.

Thursday, May 12        LUNCH: Professionalism
Noon-1:00 P.M., Faculty Lounge (3rd floor).  How are ethical lawyers made? Faculty will discuss the process with the Oregon State Bar Commission on Professionalism. RSVP for lunch

Sunday, May 15        BREAKFAST: Environmental Law Center
9:00 A.M.-10:00 A.M., Bowerman Center (2nd floor). Celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2005 – and particularly its environmental and natural law students at a continental breakfast. RSVP  

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. The law school will confer the meritorious service award on Eugene attorney Alice Plymell. The Hollis award for teaching goes to commercial law professor Carl Bjerre. Joe Metcalfe, who teaches criminal law and trial practice, is the commencement marshall and Martha Pellegrino is class speaker. FULL STORY

Sunday, May 15    COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER: Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Public Defender
Jeff Adachi’s parents and grandparents spent part of WWII in the Japanese internment camps. His family’s experience was the impetus for his career as one of the Bay Area’s most high-profile defenders. FULL STORY

Monday, May 16-Friday, May 20     Court Café CLOSED

Thursday, May 19    Lane County Women Lawyers: Nancy Shurtz
Noon lunch meeting, Downtown Athletic Club (DAC), 999 Willamette. Tax law professor Nancy Shurtz and former legal writing instructor Judy Giers (now of Hershner Hunter) will join others on the topic “Women Lawyers Achieving Success.” INFO: Megan McAlpin

Monday, May 23            Court Café SUMMER HOURS
Monday through Friday, 7:30 A.M. 3:00 P.M.


Moving Up in the World
Dean Laird Kirkpatrick writes, Michael Moffitt and Suzanne Rowe have both been granted indefinite tenure and promoted to associate professor. We are proud to have both of them on the faculty.  Moffitt teaches mediation and negotiation and is associate director of the Appropriate Dispute Resolution program. Rowe directs the Legal Research and Writing program.

Measure 37
Second-year law student Rebekah Cook authored Working Paper Number 1 the first publication of the Sustainable Land Use project of the UO’s environmental law program. Her paper, The Fatal Flaws of Measure 37 analyzes the constitutional and statutory problems arising from the Oregon initiative passed in November 2004. The new law gives owners the right to compensation if land use regulations affect the market value or restrict use of their property. READ THE PAPER

It was a dark and stormy night
The law school’s newest journal Bad Law Poetry Journal is dedicated to the inimitable torts professor Dominick Vetri. His poem in unrhymed iambic pentameter about Socratic dialog over the centuries illuminates the weary fin de siècle sensibilities of someone who has been around a long time.  Carefully parsing 204 centuries of the Socratic Method, Vetri forces the reader, step by solemn step, to this inevitable conclusion:
     22nd Century Law School:     
Alas! There is no dialogue with the new telepathic technologies.
Professors can sense empty minds (and vice versa).

Bankruptcy law professor Andrea Coles-Bjerre’s bildungsroman of the law student pilgrimage, on the other hand, realizes its objective in quick, deft strokes:
There once was a case called Pennoyer
that forever would law students annoy, or
make them addiction-al
to things jurisdictional
on their journey from layman to lawyer

The journal, published by the Art & Law Forum and the brainchild of Matt Lind, features contributions from students, faculty and staff. It is available in the faculty lounge.


July        PORTLAND CENTER: Wednesday afternoons CLE
Each Wednesday in July, our law professors will heat up Portland with CLE presentations on hot topics of land use, the war on terror, and bankruptcy reform. 4:00-6:00 P.M., July 6, 13, 20 and 27. $35 ($25 for Alumni Association members). 2 CLE credits each. INFO

Life@Law takes a partial vacation, with monthly updates in June and July. (THIS IS OUR YEARLY CHANCE TO SNEAK IN THE REALLY GOOD STUFF WHEN NO ONE IS LOOKING.)

Beginning August 8, the UO School of Law E-newsletter will resume its regular two-week schedule

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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