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May 5, 2010

Three Law Professors to Receive Research Innovation Awards May 17

Three members of the Oregon Law faculty were selected to receive this year’s University of Oregon Research Innovation Awards. Professors Steven Bender, Susan Gary, and Mary Wood are the 2010 law school recipients. A ceremony and reception for this year’s awardees will take place at 5:00 p.m. Monday, May 17, at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

The Research Innovation Awards, now in their fifth year, are sponsored by UO Vice President for Research Rich Linton as a way to recognize senior faculty for excellent research activities that have gained national prominence. Nine faculty members will be recognized for their outstanding achievement in fostering new knowledge, creative endeavors, and connections of scholarship to society in the academic areas of journalism and communication, law, and business. The awards celebrate the diversity of UO scholarship and achievement.

Below are brief descriptions of each recipient’s research activities:

Steven Bender, the James and Ilene Hershner Professor of Law, is a prolific researcher in two areas: Latinos and the law, and real estate finance. He is the coauthor of a casebook on real estate transactions, a national treatise on real estate financing, a book on Latino stereotypes titled, Greasers and Gringos Latinos, Law, and the American Imagination, and a book on politics titled, One Night in America: Robert Kennedy, Cesar Chavez, and the Dream of Dignity. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Susan Gary, the Orlando J. and Marian H. Hollis Professor of Law, is a leader in national law reform, particularly with respect to the management of funds held by charitable organizations. She has written extensively on the subject and serves as reporter for the Uniform Prudent Management of Institution Funds Act (UPMIFA), a project of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. UPMIFA creates standards that apply to the management and investment of charitable funds and rules governing expenditures from endowment funds. She has spoken about UPMIFA across the country. In addition, her research examines the ways inheritance laws apply to changing family structures, the regulations of nonprofit organizations, and the use of mediation in estate planning and probate.

Mary Wood, the Philip H. Knight Professor of Law, is internationally known for her development of a legal theory know as “public trust doctrine,” which posits that governments are responsible for administering natural resources for the public good. This approach is being used to affect global climate policy, and she is a frequent speaker on global warming issues. She currently is working on a book titled, Nature’s Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age. She also is a coauthor of a leading textbook on natural resources law and has published extensively on climate crisis, natural resources, and native law issues.

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2010 Research Innovation Awards recognize nine faculty members (UO News Release)

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