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May 12, 2008

Faculty Honored With Named Professorships, Fellowships

Oregon Law is proud to announce that eight of its faculty members have received named professorships or fellowships.

Professor Carl Bjerre, an expert in commercial law, has been named an Orlando J. and Marian H. Hollis Professor.  The Hollis Professorship is awarded to a faculty member whose teaching assignments or research interest include the fields of legal procedure or conflict of laws, including international business transactions.  Professor Bjerre is a member of a United States delegation to UNIDROIT, also known as the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law, which is negotiating a multi-national Convention on Substantive Rules Regarding Intermediated Securities.

Professor John Bonine, a senior member of the environmental law faculty, has been named a Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Fellow.  Professor Bonine is one of the pioneers of environmental law in the United States.  He has published many law review articles, and most recently co-authored (along with Professor Svitlana Kravchenko and one other co-author) the forthcoming Human Rights and Environment.

Susan Gary, an expert on trust and estate law and the current Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, has been named an Orlando J. and Marian H. Hollis Professor.  Professor Gary’s research examines the way inheritance laws apply to changing family structures, regulation of nonprofit organizations, and use of mediation in estate planning and probate.  She currently serves as reporter for the Uniform Management of Institutional Funds Act.

Richard Hildreth, a senior member of the environmental law faculty and director of Oregon Law’s Ocean and Coastal Law Center, has been named a Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Fellow.  Professor Hildreth is the author of three casebooks and many other publications on ocean and coastal law.  He has served on the National Research Council’s Nonnative Oysters and Coastal Ocean Committees, and the Pacific Northwest Regional Marine Research Board.

Tom Lininger, who has taught evidence, legal ethics, criminal procedure and alternative dispute resolution, along with directing Oregon Law’s Public Interest/Public Service Program, has been named the Elmer Sahlstrom Senior Fellow.  The Sahlstrom Fellowship is awarded to a faculty member who has demonstrated strength in teaching, high ethical standards, and excellence in the preparation of students for trial practice.  In 2006, Professor Lininger received the Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Michael Moffitt, an expert in appropriate dispute resolution who also serves as Associate Director of the ADR Center, has been named the James O. and Alfred T. Goodwin Senior Faculty Fellow.  The Goodwin Fellowship is awarded to a faculty member who has demonstrated strength in teaching, high ethical standards, and a significant contribution to the legal community.  Professor Moffitt’s research and writing has focused on the practice of mediation, negotiation, and dispute resolution.  In 2004, he received the Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Nancy Shurtz, an expert in tax law, has been named the Bernard Kliks Professor.  Professor Shurtz’s scholarly interests include individual and business tax law, tax policy, environmental policy, and women and the law.  She is editor for the Media/Book Products Committee of the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Probate, and Trust section.  Professor Shurtz has been a literature reviewer and columnist for Estate Planning magazine since 1990.

Merle Weiner has received the prestigious Knight Professorship, which is awarded to a faculty member who has sustained superior performance and demonstrated work of a superior academic calibre.  Professor Weiner’s scholarship focuses on family law.  Since 2005, she has presented papers at the International Society of Family Law’s world conference, the Association of American Law Schools’ (“AALS”) annual conference, and Seattle University School of Law’s Hague Convention Symposium.  In addition to her teaching and scholarship, Professor Weiner is also on the steering committee of the Stop Violence Against Women Project, of which Oregon Law’s Domestic Violence Clinic is a part.

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