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November 7, 2005

LIFE@LAW: News and Events of the UO School of Law November 2005

UO law students in class 2005 

News and Events University of Oregon School of Law

November 2005
FEATURING: Wilma Mankiller’s  public lecture on contemporary tribal life, Women in tribal leadership symposium, Portland conference on “Business Lawyering in the Pacific Rim Economy,” Fundraiser to help women in prison, Practicing law on the Oregon coast, and more
November 7-11  
Tickets for Portland’s Ebony and Ivory dinner
The law school has purchased a table for the National Bar Association’s Ebony and Ivory dinner dance and silent auction on Friday evening, December 9, at the Airport Sheraton in Portland. It’s a fundraiser for African-American law students in Oregon — If you’d like to dress up, enjoy yourself, and support a great cause, contact assistant dean Liane Richardson.

Wednesday, November 9    LECTURE: Context is Everything
7:00 P.M., Erb Memorial Union (EMU) ballroom in the center of the UO campus.  Morse Professor Wilma Mankiller delivers a free public lecture on “Context is Everything: History and Culture in Contemporary Tribal Life.” INFO: (541) 346-3700.
Wednesday, November 9 
FACULTY: Law library mysteries, arcana, and tricks
Noon, Faculty Lounge. The law librarians host a lunch and talk with law faculty. Law librarian Mary Ann Hyatt writes, “Faculty will be thrilled with websites that will help them do research, get current awareness emails, scope out other writers, and blog the invisible college to their hearts’ content.  They will also discover who their mystery librarian is.” They will work from the Library Information and Research Resources page (authored by our own reference librarian Angus Nesbit). INFO
Thursday, November 10 
SYMPOSIUM: Women in Tribal and Community Leadership  
9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M., Many Nations Longhouse, behind the Knight Law Center. The keynote speaker, law professor Rebecca Tsosie, is of Yaqui descent. She directs the Indian Legal Program at Arizona State University and is a former Supreme Court Justice for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. The featured speaker, Beverley Jacobs, is president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada.  Free. Sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center. SYMPOSIUM WEBSITE
Thursday, November 10
LECTURE: Rebecca Tsosie on biotechnology
Noon, Faculty Lounge. Tsosie will discuss “Cultural Challenges to Biotechnology: Native American Genetic Materials and the Concept of Cultural Harm.” Tsosie teaches Indian law, property, bioethics and critical race theory at Arizona State. Part of the Faculty Lectures and Awards series. INFO
Thursday, November 10  
WORKSHOP: Advice from Hiring Attorneys
Noon, Room 100. First years, it’s not too early to think about jobs — and these people are here to help: Jani Lassell ’04, (Davis Wright Tremaine), Diane Weisheit ’04(Arnold Gallagher-Eugene), Peter Gorn ’03 (McCrea PC-Eugene), Allison Brown ’05 (Lane County District Attorney’s office), Keith Semple (Malagon Moore-Eugene), and Eric Wilson ’04 (Oregon Department of Justice.) Sponsored by Career Services. INFO: (541) 346-3847.

Thursday, November 10        Poet without portfolio
8:00 P.M., Knight Library Browsing Room. Constitutionalist Garrett Epps does not spend all of his time on the Fourteenth Amendment.  He will read several of his poems and excerpts from his short story, “Crocodile,” at this free public event.
Friday, November 11    
ROUNDTABLE LUNCH: Law Practice on the Oregon Coast
Noon, Room 242. Clatsop Circuit Court Judge Paula Brownhill ’81 and her husband, Astoria attorney Blair Henningsgaard ’78, will talk about their experiences practicing law on the beautiful northern Oregon Coast. Brownhill will talk about family law and criminal defense work (Clatsop County is looking for lawyers in these practice areas.)  Henningsgaard’s practice includes wills and probate, real estate, bankruptcy, business law, government law and civil litigation. RSVP by November 8!
Thursday, November 17 
FUNDRAISER: Women in Prison
5:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M., Morse Commons.   The Portia Project and the Law School’s Pro Bono Committee welcome you to an informational and fundraising reception for their work with Oregon women prisoners. The charitable Portia Project helps incarcerated women improve their parenting skills and maintain contact with their children. It works to speed the release of women who are wrongly convicted or who have demonstrated that they are ready to return to the free world. All proceeds go to the project. Donation: $10 (students) $50 (the gainfully employed). 

The Portia Project board includes law faculty members Barbara Aldave, Jill Fetherstonhaugh, Caroline Forell, Leslie Harris, and and third-year law student Carey Mougey. INFO

Friday, November 18 
CONFERENCE: Business Lawyering in the Pacific Rim
8:30 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Portland World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon. China is now Oregon’s fourth largest trading partner — a good reason why business lawyers want to learn more about the business and legal culture of China and other Pacific Rim countries. “Business Lawyering in the Pacific Rim Economy,” features speakers from Nike, Tektronix, a number of Portland law firms, and TsaiComms – experts in reaching the Asian audience. Sponsored by the law school’s Portland Program. INFO (641) 346-3042
Tuesday, November 29   
PORTLAND: Oregon’s Future presents Wilma Mankiller

6:30 P.M., Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave. Morse professor Mankiller shares her experience leading the Cherokee Nation as part of a public event exploring the modern relationship that Native Americans have as a nation within a nation. Event also features Lewis and Clark law professor Robert Miller and former Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse. Free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:00 P.M. Sponsored by the Morse Center and hosted by the Native American Art Council of the Portland Art Museum. INFO: (541) 346-3700.

We detect a distinctly “show biz” flavor to this week’s news…

The Morning Show
Two of our international law experts now have their own radio spot. (is syndication on the horizon?)  “Global Justice” airs the first Tuesday of each month, just after you’ve had your first cup of coffee (8 a.m. to 9 a.m.)

It all started when law professor Ibrahim Gassama and visiting professor Hari Osofsky got a one-time spot on the morning radio show hosted by Nancy Stapp of Eugene’s KOPT (1600 AM on your dial).

“They were so successful that Nancy wanted them back,” said Susan Gary, our soon-to-be academic dean.

The two will be featured on “Breakfast with Nancy,” one of Eugene’s few local talk shows. Osofsky said, “In our conversation each month, we will engage both specific instances of injustice in the world and the structural dynamics of the international community.”

Avian flu, the earthquake in Pakistan — they’re bringing us into the global conversation. What’s on for December 6? Stay tuned.

A Modest Proposal
The Register Guard’s Ron Rodman wrote of last Tuesday’s UO women’s basketball game:  “The post players dominated, the Ducks got a win and Carolyn Ganes got a ring . . . Ganes, a 6-3 junior post player who redshirted last year and was playing in a game for the first time since the 2003-04 season, had 15 points and seven rebounds.

“Moments after the game, at midcourt, her fiancé, Oregon law student Brian Peterson, proposed to Ganes, with ring and all. She accepted.

“I was shocked,” Ganes said. “I knew he had something up his sleeve.”

(This law school trains students who have the strength to go out there and do what needs to be done.)

….Meanwhile, back at the networks:
Alumnus Phil Huang ’03, (now of Irvine, California) appeared on the ultimate quiz show, “Jeopardy,” last week. He placed second and took home $7,000. Law professor Jim Mooney reported that “Phil ran into a buzzsaw teacher, the reigning champ – too bad there wasn’t an American Legal History category!”
Jeopardy contestant clips


$3,900.00 and counting
Oregon Employees’ Charitable Fund Drive coordinator Sabrina Morris says that law school donations reached nearly $4,000 the first week of the campaign. 

You don’t have to mortgage the farm to make a difference – $25 a month, for example, could pay for the legal services needed to save a low income senior from losing her home.

The fund drive ends December 9. INFO

The Governor Salutes Gilma
Law professor and former dean Maury Holland wrote, “Our own Gilma Henthorne was honored by Governor Kulongoski on the occasion of her retirement as executive assistant to the Council on Court Procedures.”

At her final meeting last October 8, Henthorne received a letter from the governor commending her and thanking her for her nearly 30 years of service, especially for the last two years when she served without state compensation.

Law professor and former dean Rennard Strickland added that twenty-five years ago, when then-UO law professor Charles Wilkinson and his students were completing the revised edition of the Handbook of Federal Indian Law, “Gilma was the primary staff person who ensured the accuracy and quality of the final revision.”

Holland, Strickland and the law school community say “Congratulations and thanks to Gilma.”

Silver Anniversary
Registrar Diane Safley, without whom no one would be able to prove they’d ever gone to law school, celebrates 25 years within these ivied halls. She will be honored with others at the Officers of Administration Years of Service recognition on November 8.

All events at the Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate Street on the UO campus in Eugene, unless otherwise noted. These events, like life itself, are subject to change. Best to check with the contacts before you make firm plans.

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