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May 20, 2008

Professor Mary Wood to Speak on Columbia River Salmon Fishing Case May 29

Oregon Law Professor Mary Wood, an expert in environmental law who holds the the Philip H. Knight professorship, will speak on Thursday, May 29 at the conference “United States v. Oregon:  The Columbia River Salmon Fishing Case.”  The conference, sponsored by the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and the Tribal Leadership Forum, will discuss the longest-running case in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.  Professor Wood will speak on the significance of the case to legal scholars.

United States v. Oregon, which was filed in 1968, upheld the Columbia River treaty tribes’ reserved fishing rights.  Although its predecessor case, Sohappy v. Smith, was closed in 1978, United States v. Oregon remains under the federal court’s continuing jurisdiction.  The Hon. Garr King of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon is now the presiding judge.  The States of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho are defendants.  The United States and the four Columbia River treaty fishing tribes are plaintiffs.  The Shoshone-Bannock tribe is an intervenor.

To register for the conference, visit www.regonline.com/USvO.

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