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March 16, 2007

May 12: 2007 Commencement – new location, new day of the week

Class of 2007 Commencement
New location, new day of the week for celebration 
Date: Saturday May 12 1 p.m.
Place: Hult Center for the Performing Arts and Hilton Hotel and Conference Center (Parking available in two city garages next to the Hult Center and underneath the hotel)
Address: 66 Willamette Street in downtown Eugene.
The Hon. Mme. Justice Clair L’Heureux Dubé, former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, will deliver the commencement speech. She grew up speaking French and English and was the first woman from Québec appointed to the high court.
The graduating class selected law professor Jim Mooney as their Commencement Marshall. Mooney joined the law faculty in 1972 and is a wildly popular mentor and teacher of contracts and American legal history. His students’ classroom traditions include an end of term event with Latin, bishop’ hats, and beer. Mooney is the Wallace and Ellen Kaapcke Professor of Business Law.

Dubé is one of the most socially progressive justices ever to hold that seat. Between 1987 and 2002, her judgments endorsed and defended equality rights and spanned many areas, from family law to civil law to employment, taxation, torts, and criminal law. Then and now, she has been steadfast in her protection of women, children, Native peoples, racial and sexual minorities.

At a 2002 dinner in her honor, she said, “Law is not for lawyers, not for academics, it is for people. And all people want from the law is justice. Justice without partiality and prejudice. Justice that treats everyone as equal while taking account of differences.”
-Eliza Schmidkunz 


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