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April 24, 2006

Winner of Major Environmental Prize to Visit Law School

A winner of the 2006 Goldman Environmental prize will visit the university campus on Tuesday, May 2.

Olya Melen, an environmental lawyer from Ukraine, will deliver a free public lecture at 7 P.M. in the Many Nations Longhouse, directly behind the law school.
Melen, an attorney with Environme nt-People-Law (EPL), challenged government plans to dredge a canal through the Danube Delta — a World Heritage Site and biosphere reserve. Her tenacious fight brought her up against the notoriously corrupt, pre-Orange Revolution government of Ukraine.
On April 24, Melen and five others from different continents were honored in San Francisco as “environmental heroes,” each receiving the $125,000 Goldman Environmental Prize, the largest grassroots environmental prize in the world.
Melen’s lecture is cosponsored by the Environmental and Natural Resources Law and LL.M. Program at the University of Oregon School of Law.
For information, contact E-LAW at 687-8454, extension 14 or Prof. Svitlana Kravchenko at the Law School, at 346-0532.
For more information on Ms. Melen’s accomplishment, see www.elaw.org, and www.goldmanprize.org. For an interview with her, see www.grist.org.

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