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December 13, 2005

LIFE@LAW: Looking ahead to 2006

LIFE@LAW"just the Shaping of Letters - the letter Y. Tile art in the atrium of the Jaqua Law Library.
2006 Preview
Lectures, conferences and events

December 20-January 8       
Winter break
December 21-January 5       
Court Café closed
December 28-30
Holiday Bowl Events
The fifth-ranked Oregon Ducks are taking on the 23rd-ranked Oklahoma Sooners at the 2005 Holiday Bowl on Thursday, December 29, 5:00 P.M. at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. The law school plans to celebrate with our Southern California legal ducks and all the other law alumni who arrive to cheer the football team.  FULL STORY

December 31
Laird Kirkpatrick: Dean steps down
Evidence expert Laird Kirkpatrick steps down as dean. Kirkpatrick is the Hollis Professor of Legal Procedure. He is a 1968 graduate of the law school and has been a member of the faculty since 1979. FULL STORY
January 1 
Margaret Paris: Interim dean appointed
Margaret “Margie” Paris begins interim service as dean. She is a professor of criminal law and the Elmer Sahlstrom Senior Fellow. She most recently served as associate dean of academic affairs. Faculty web page
January 4-9
Basic mediation training
Learn basic facilitative mediation training with trainers Jane Gordon, director of the law school’s Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center, Annie Bentz, director of the UO’s Conflict Resolution Services, and Anita Engiles, Oregon’s mediator of the year in 2001. The focus of the multi-day workshop is on communication, uncovering disputants’ interests, and helping participants find their own solutions.  Those who complete the training will be prepared to work in a mediation setting, or with a little additional training, in small claims court or a restorative justice program.  INFO
Monday, January 9 
Spring semester begins
January 12-13
CONFERENCE: What is Cultural Competency?
3:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M. on Thursday, all day Friday, Room 175. Explore the idea of cultural competency with the UO community through a town hall conversation, panels and presentations. Law academic dean Susan Gary will speak on a panel on diversity planning at the university level (Friday, 1:45 P.M., Room 141). Law professor Ibrahim Gassama will participate in the panel, “Preparing Global Citizens” (Friday, 3:30 P.M., Room 141). Sponsored by the Center on Diversity and Community (CODAC). The law school is one of the cosponsors. Conference website. INFO: codac@uoregon.edu.
Friday, January 13
Oregon Legal Theory Workshop series
Noon, Lewis Lounge. Anupam Chander  on “NetWork: The Crossborder Outsourcing of Services.” Chander teaches at the University of California-Davis School of Law and specializes in the regulation of globalization and digitization. Speaker’s web page:
Thursday, January 19   
KICKOFF: Portland Interview Program
Noon, Room 141. Are you interested in a law career in Portland? Start the process at this Career Services seminar. Resumes of qualified students are forwarded to Portland law firms in February — employers select the students they would like to interview at the March 4 event at the downtown UO Portland Center. INFO: (541) 346-3847
Friday, January 27   
SOCIAL: Portland Alumni Mentoring Program
4:30—7:00 P.M., Portland location tba. Program background INFO: (541) 346-3847
Tuesday, January 24
SEMINAR: Federal Court Externships
Noon, Room 142. Career Services. INFO: (541) 346-3847
Thursday, January 26
BOOKSIGNING: The Sierra Club’s Mike McCloskey ’61
7:00 P.M., Room 175. Mike McCloskey started work as the Sierra Club’s first field representative right after he graduated from the UO School of Law in 1961. Later on, as the environmental organization’s executive director, he was present at the creation of Earthday in 1970, directed lobbying for the enactment of over one hundred environmental laws, and helped Sierra Club membership rise from 70,000 to half a million. In the nineties, he led the fights against attempts to undercut EPA regulations and against trade agreements that curtailed environmental programs. Now he’s returning to his alma mater to talk about his new book, “In the Thick of It.”(Island Press 2005, cloth, 415 pages, $29.95.) Free and open to the public. Cosponsored by the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program and the UO Bookstore. INFO: (541) 346-4331 or 346-3741.
Friday, January 27
MEETING: UO Law Alumni Association Board
3:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M., Offices of Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt, Pacwest Center,
1211 SW Fifth Avenue,
Suite 1900,
Portland. INFO: (541) 346-3970.
Friday, January 27
EXHIBIT OPENING: Marquee Massacres
Jacobs Gallery, Hult Center for the Performing Arts, 6th and Willamette in downtown Eugene. See the portrayal of Native Americans in 100 years of rare movie posters and motion picture graphics, curated by law professor Rennard Strickland. Strickland is the author of the essay, “Tonto’s Revenge or Who is that Seminole in the Sioux War Bonnet? The Cinematic Indian!” Sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center. The exhibit runs through March 4. Exhibit website
Thursday, February 2
THINKING ALOUD: Svitlana Kravchenko
Noon, faculty lounge. Svitlana Kravchenko, adjunct professor of environmental law, will discuss “Strengthening Compliance with International Environmental Treaties: A Participatory Example” as part of the “Thinking Aloud” series of faculty works-in-progress. INFO

February 3-4
Northwest Public Service Career Fair
Opportunities for students, alumni, government agencies, public interest and public service employers. Hosted by Northwest Consortium Law Schools. All day Friday in Seattle, all day Saturday in Portland. INFO: (541) 346-3847

Monday, February 6
Oregon Court of Appeals
Room 175. The appeals court hears oral arguments at the law school. Sponsored by the Legal Research and Writing Program.
February 10-12
FILM FESTIVAL: Imagining Indians
Bijou Art Cinemas, 419 E. 13th Avenue, Eugene. A film festival on “Imagining Indians: Indigenous North Americans in Film.” This selection of films by and about Native Americans will be shown throughout the weekend, times tba.  Event organized by Eugene Weekly newspaper and cosponsored by the Morse Center. INFO: (541) 346-3700.
Tuesday, February 14
PRESENTATION: Andrea Coles-Bjerre on Chapter 11
Noon, United States Bankruptcy Court, 151 W. 7th Avenue, Eugene. Bankruptcy law professor Andrea Coles-Bjerre speaks on “Rules and Standards in the Recent Amendments to Chapter 11” at a meeting of the Debtor-Creditor Section of the Lane County Bar Association. INFO 
Wednesday, February 15
LUNCH SPEAKER: Steve Bender on Oregon Latinos
Noon, Eugene Hilton, 6th and Willamette, Eugene. Law professor Steve Bender speaks on “Latinos in Oregon: Labor, Political, and Cultural Implications.” Eugene Downtown Lions. Reservations: 346-6060 (deadline February 14

Friday, February 17
CONFERENCE: Intersections of Native American Culture,
Politics and Law
9:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M., Knight Law Center. Cosponsored by the Morse Center. INFO: (541) 346-3700.


February 21-22    Oregon State Bar Exam
Holiday Inn Portland Airport. Columbia Conference Center, 8439 NE Columbia Boulevard, Portland.


Friday, February 24   
CLE: Mediator Ethics – Getting Paid, Being Sued, and Keeping Quiet
1:00 P.M.-4:30 P.M., Knight Law Center. Three experts will talk about the dicey and delicate issues every mediator has to face – getting paid, being sued, and keeping quiet. Hear University of Colorado law professor Scott Peppet on “Contingency fees for mediators: blasphemy or opportunity?”; UO law professor Michael Moffitt on “The prospect(s) of liability for practicing mediators,”
and Rebecca Hiers on “The evolving mediator privilege: confidentiality’s uncharted waters.” 3.5 general CLE credits applied for. CLE Cost: $30. Free and open to the general public. INFO
Monday, February 27
Oregon Legal Theory Workshop series
Noon, Lewis Lounge. University of Texas law professor and constitutional theorist Lawrence Sager visits. In his 2004 book, “Justice in Plainclothes: A Theory of American Jurisprudence,” Sager treats judges as active partners in the enterprise of securing the fundamentals of political justice. Speaker’s web page


March 2- 5
Public Interest Environmental Law Conference
The 24th annual PIELC. Thursday through Sunday at the Knight Law Center. INFO: L-A-W@law.uoregon.edu
Saturday, March 4
Last day for “Marquee Massacres”
Jacobs Gallery, Hult Center for the Performing Arts. Last chance to see how Native Americans have been portrayed in the movies over the past 100 years. Exhibit curated by law professor Rennard Strickland (see January 27 listing.)
Monday, March 6
Oregon Legal Theory Workshop series
Noon, Lewis Lounge. Richard C. Schragger’s publications and research interests focus on questions of scale and power in democratic theory, constitutional law, and property. He is an associate professor of law at the University of Virginia.
Friday, March 10
ORAL ARGUMENTS: Oregon Supreme Court
Room 175. Oral arguments followed by lunch with the Lane County Bar.
9:00 A.M. Schnitzer Investment Corp v Lloyds of London
Responsibilities of an insurer in a Portland industrial pollution cleanup case
10:30 A.M. State v. Lisa Ann Henderson
Did police have probable cause to search a Springfield home for stolen diamond rings?
1:30 P.M. State v. Gregory Allen Bowen
Automatic death penalty review for the first person sentenced to death in Curry County in 25 years.
Sponsored by the Legal Research and Writing Program. 

Friday, March 10
CAREERS: Portland Interview Program
All Day. UO Portland Center, 2nd and Yamhill downtown. Smaller Portland area law firms and government employers that traditionally do not interview on law school campuses meet with promising candidates for summer or fall positions. Program background
INFO: (541) 346-3847.
Monday, March 13       
LECTURE: Cruel and Unusual
4:30 P.M., Room 110. Mental disability expert Jim Ellis argued the 2002 U.S. Supreme Court case that ended capital punishment for the mentally retarded. In Atkins v. Virginia, the court ruled that such executions violated the 8th Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. That same year, the National Law Journal named Ellis “Lawyer of the Year.” The University of New Mexico professor’s interest in disability law began many years ago when he worked at Yale Psychiatric Institute as a conscientious objector. In addition to this free public lecture, Ellis will speak at a faculty lunch about his newest Supreme Court case and his pro bono practice. Sponsored by the faculty Lecture and Awards committee. Speaker’s websiteINFO:
Friday, March 24
PORTLAND: Disentangling Church and State
9:00 A.M.-Noon, Portland location tba.  Have the courts done enough to disentangle church and state? Oregon’s judges and appellate attorneys are invited to discuss the question with a number of presenters at the UO School of Law’s annual O’Connell Conference. It features keynote speakers Judge John Noonan of the Ninth Circuit Court, and Erwin Chemerinsky, a Duke law professor, political scientist and commentator. Panel discussions include national issues of church and state as well as issues specific to Oregon. Sponsored by the O’Connell fund for bench and bar and Oregon Law Review. INFO


March 24 — 25
EUGENE: Protecting Children’s Need for Nurturance
All day, Knight Law Center. Developing and maintaining relationships with caring, nurturing adults is essential to the healthy development of children, but laws and policies often act to undermine these relationships. This national conference will bring together policymakers, lawyers, and academics to examine existing laws and explore new approaches that can surmount barriers between children and their caregivers. Sponsored by the law school’s Oregon Child Advocacy Project.
March 27—31
Spring break 


Thursday April 6
Pro Bono Awards Ceremony
5:00 P.M. —7:00 P.M., Wayne Morse Commons. INFO 
Wednesday, April 12
OPEN HOUSE: Pro Bono Program
Noon, Room 141. INFO

Friday, April 14
SYMPOSIUM: From the Warrior Viewpoint: The Next Generation of Indian Law and Policy
1:00 P.M.-5:30 P.M., Knight Law Center. Morse Center Resident Scholar Rennard Strickland and invited speakers will discuss the future of Indian law. Sponsored by the Morse Center. INFO: (541) 346-7000.

Friday, April 14
GALA:  Honoring Rennard Strickland
7:00 P.M., Wayne Morse Commons. Knight Law Professor and former dean Rennard Strickland will retire this year after forty books and forty years of teaching. He will return to his native Oklahoma next fall. This gala event honors his many contributions to legal education and to Native Americans. Featured speakers include the former and present chiefs of the Cherokee Nation, Wilma Mankiller and Chad Smith, Jim Gray, Chief of the Osage Nation and the UO leadership. Strickland will read from his fortieth book, “Grandfather was a Good Witch.” INFO
Thursday, April 20     LECTURE: Richard Thompson Ford
Time, Place tba. Stanford law professor Richard Thompson Ford will deliver the 2005-6 Colin Ruagh Thomas O’Fallon Memorial Lecture. He is the author of “Racial Culture” (Princeton University Press 2004). The lecture was established by a gift in memory of UO law professor Jim O’Fallon‘s son. Lecture web site
Sponsored by Oregon Humanities Center.
Friday, April 21
Last day of spring semester classes
Friday, April 21
PORTLAND: Dean’s Advisory Council meeting and Law Alumni Association Board meeting
Time, Place tba. INFO: colleen@law.uoregon.edu
Friday, April 21
2006 Frohnmayer Award Banquet
Time, Place tba. The UO Law Alumni Association presents this annual award to a graduate, faculty member, or friend whose public service brings honor to the school.  This year, the law school honors Multnomah Circuit Court Judge Clifford Freeman ‘76.  INFO
Monday, April 24-May 8
Spring semester examinations


Sunday, May 14
COMMENCEMENT: Class of 2006
1:00 P.M., Hult Center for the Performing Arts, 6th Avenue and Willamette St. in downtown Eugene. Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer is the commencement speaker. INFO

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