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September 22, 2005

Sept. 30: AGAINST THE GRAIN – Working for the Public Interest

Public Interest/Public Service Program Symposium
AGAINST THE GRAIN: Working for the Public Interest

The lead counsel in a 2004 class action that won new educational guarantees for thousands of California’s poorest school children will keynote a September 30 symposium at the University of Oregon School of Law.

In the early 1990s, featured speaker John Affeldt assisted in the trial of Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega. In 2004, he was named attorney of the year by California Lawyer magazine. He now heads Public Advocates, a thirty-five-year-old San Francisco law firm that fights on behalf of the poor and dispossessed. Affeldt will be joined by others who have chosen to work in the public interest at this symposium organized by PIPS, the law school’s public interest/public service program.

The free public event, “Against the Grain: Working for the Public Interest,” takes place from noon to 5:00 P.M. on Friday, September 30 in the Wayne Morse Commons and the auditorium of the Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate on the UO campus in Eugene.

After the keynote speech, panelists will discuss issues in their practice areas, including environmental law, criminal law, pro bono service, elected office, land use, community development, and social advocacy. The full schedule is shown below:

AGAINST THE GRAIN: Working for the Public Interest

        John Affeldt

12:50 P.M.    Pro bono
Tiffany Harris  (Schwabe Williamson — Portland)
Charlie Hinkle  (Stoel Rives –  Portland)
Don Marmaduke (Tonkon Torp — Portland)
Vicki Rees  (Hershner Hunter — Eugene)

12:50 P.M.    Environmental law
Adell Amos (assistant professor of law — Eugene, and former federal environmental attorney)
John DeVoe (executive director, Waterwatch of Oregon)
Mark Reeve (chair, Oregon Environmental Quality Commission, and co-chair, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board)

2:00 P.M.     Lawyers as elected officials
Phil Barnhart (state representative — Eugene)
Serena Cruz (Multnomah County commissioner)
Jack Roberts (former Oregon labor commissioner and Republican gubernatorial candidate)
Craig Smith (member, 4J School Board — Eugene)

Max Williams (director, Oregon Department of Corrections, and former chair, Oregon House Judiciary Committee)

2:00 P.M.    Social advocacy
Rebecca Flynn (American Civil Liberties Union – Eugene)
Mark Johnson (Portland advocate on gay and lesbian issues, former Oregon State Bar president)
Maureen McKnight (Multnomah County circuit court judge, former legal aid attorney) Brian Michaels (civil liberties advocate — Eugene)
Rita Radostitz (Oregon Innocence Project — Eugene)

3:10 P.M.     Criminal law
Alex Gardner (Lane County District Attorney’s office – Eugene)
Jennifer Lloyd (Oregon Department of Justice, Appellate Division — Salem)
Kelly (Worland) Ravassipour (Southern Oregon Public Defender’s Office — Medford)
Ilisa Rooke-Ley (Public Defender Services of Lane County — Eugene)

3:10 P.M.    Land use and community development
Gary Darnielle  (Lane County Hearings official — Eugene)
Anne Davies  (chair, Land Use Board of Appeals — Salem)
Charlie Harris (founder, Community Development Law Center — Portland)
Henry “Chip” Lazenby (Bullivant  Houser — Portland, former counsel to Governor Kitzhaber and counsel to Portland Development Commission)

The law school’s Public Interest-Public Service Program (PIPS) is the most recent example of the law school’s strong tradition of service to the state of Oregon. The umbrella organization is led by faculty director Tom Lininger and governed by a student and faculty board. This annual symposium showcases speakers who will inspire students and others to pursue careers in the public interest. PIPS also sponsors a community public service day each spring.

PIPS web page
Symposium information

-Eliza Schmidkunz 

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