December 5, 2008
Professor Tom Lininger Honored with Fund for Faculty Excellence Award
The University of Oregon announced Wednesday that Tom Lininger, associate professor of law and Elmer Sahlstrom Senior Fellow, was among twelve recipients of this year’s Fund for Faculty Excellence awards.
The Fund for Faculty Excellence awards recognize faculty members performing at the elite levels of their areas of research and elevating academic excellence at the UO. The purpose of the awards program, which was established by Lorry I. Lokey in 2006, is to reward top faculty members with research support and salary supplements in an effort to keep and attract world-class individuals.
Professor Lininger is being recognized for his expertise on the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment, particularly the application of the clause to prosecutions of domestic violence and sexual assault. Professor Lininger is the author of legislation that addresses the unique challenges faced by complainants in prosecutions of domestic violence and rape. His scholarship on the Confrontation Clause has been cited by The U.S. Supreme Court and The New York Times.
In 2004, Governor Ted Kulongoski appointed Lininger to chair the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission. The commission plans Oregon’s criminal justice policy and drafts sentencing guidelines used in Oregon’s courts.
In 2006, Senator Joe Biden’s staff invited Lininger to participate in a work group advising the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on legislative strategies to meet the Supreme Court’s new confrontation requirements for hearsay in criminal prosecutions. That same year Professor Lininger received the Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching — the UO’s highest teaching honor — for his reputation as a teaching innovator and a demanding instructor who carefully hones the reasoning skills of his students and inspires critical thought.
Lininger, who also serves as the director of Oregon Law’s Public Interest Public Service Program, currently is co-authoring a book on the Supreme Court’s new confrontation jurisprudence.