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November 22, 2005

Duncan Campbell ’73 funds new Oregon Child Advocacy Project

New child advocacy project focuses on children’s relationships with nurturing adults 

A $250 thousand founding gift from Duncan Campbell ’73 has funded a new child advocacy program at the University of Oregon School of Law. The program will focus on systemic legal change that protects children’s relationships with nurturing adults. 


In its first year, the new Oregon Child Advocacy Project will sponsor a national conference and will work with attorneys on an Oregon case concerning a foster child who has been moved to twelve different placements in eighteen months.  

The conference, “Protecting Children’s Need for Nurturance”  will bring together academics, policymakers and attorneys to examine laws and policies that affect children’s relationships with caring adults. It will be held at the law school on March 24 and 25, 2006.

Family law expert Leslie Harris, the Dorothy Kliks Fones Professor of Law, directs the project. She is assisted by third-year law students Molly Allen and Tehan Wittemyer, who received the first two Campbell Fellowships funded by the gift.

Donor Duncan Campbell  is a 1973 UO Law graduate and one of Oregon’s most active children’s advocates. He founded Friends of the Children, which has received national recognition as an effective model for mentoring children.

Project director Harris said, “The care and commitment of a nurturing adult is so important to a child’s growth into competent, happy adulthood. Unfortunately laws and policies do not always work to preserve such relationships.”

She said the Oregon Child Advocacy Project will involve law students in reform efforts aimed at protecting relationships that support children.

“This project complements the other advocacy organizations and agencies in this state that are dedicated to protecting our children,” Harris said, “And it will give law students a chance to learn about the issues and the skills they will need to become effective advocates themselves.”


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