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September 20, 2006

Oct. 12 Hollis Chair Lecture: ‘Second Founding’ with Garrett Epps

Dean Orlando John HollisThe Hollis Chair Lecture
“Second Founding” addresses the constitutional fight for equal rights

Law professor Garrett Epps will deliver the inaugural Hollis Chair Lecture on Thursday, October 12. His speech,”Second Founding: The Story of the Fourteenth Amendment,” is free and open to the public. It begins at 7:30 P.M. in the Knight Law Center auditorium (Room 175) at 15th Avenue and Agate Street in Eugene.  A reception and booksigning follow in the Wayne Morse Commons.

The talk is based on Epps’ new book, Democracy Reborn: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Fight for Equal Rights in Post-Civil War America. 

“More than the Declaration of Independence, more than the original Constitution, more than even the Bill of Rights, it is the 14th Amendment that makes America a democratic country,” Epps said.

Garrett Epps, a former staff writer for the Washington Post, is the author of two novels and a number of articles and books on constitutional law. He is the Orlando and Marian Hollis Professor of Law at the University of Oregon.

The endowed lecture is named in honor of Orlando John Hollis, who led the UO School of Law from 1941 to 1967. His entire career revolved around the law school – first as a top student, then as an exacting teacher, and finally as a legendary dean who stamped the school with his own characteristics of intellectual rigor, honesty and loyalty.

He was born in Eugene in 1904 and came to the University of Oregon as a freshman in 1922. He graduated from the law school in 1928, and became a full professor in 1931. Hollis served as acting dean from 1941 to 1944. In 1945, with Dean Wayne Morse’s election to the United States Senate, Hollis became dean in his own right. He served as acting president of the university in 1944-45. Hollis retired in 1974.

His frugal habits and deep devotion to the school resulted in a  $4.5 million bequest upon his death at the age of 95 in 2000.

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