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May 14, 2010

Washington, D.C. Federal Judge to Speak at Commencement May 22; Oregon Law to Feature Live Tweets

The University of Oregon School of Law will host its 2010 commencement exercises at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 22, at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene.

The law school welcomes the Hon. Ricardo M. Urbina as this year’s keynote speaker. Judge Urbina is a member of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

In April 1981, Judge Urbina became President Reagan’s first judicial appointment and the first Latino ever appointed to the bench in the District of Columbia. During his 13 years on the Superior Court, Judge Urbina garnered distinction for his handling of complex civil and criminal litigation. He also chaired the court committee that worked with the bar and community organizations to create the court’s Office of Interpreter Services, which for the first time institutionalized the practice of providing court interpreters for non-English speakers and the hearing impaired.

In 1994, President Clinton appointed Judge Urbina to his current position. Since taking the bench in July of that year, Judge Urbina has issued more than one thousand memorandum opinions.

During the ceremony, the law school will honor a pair of women pioneers, Professor Emerita Mary Lawrence and Chambers Communications Chairman and CEO Carolyn Chambers, with the 2010 Meritorious Service Award. Established by the law school faculty in 1984, the award is given annually “to a person or persons who have made extraordinary contributions to legal education and the law.”

Professor Lawrence initiated a groundbreaking new curriculum when, in 1978, she was hired to jumpstart Oregon Law’s Legal Research and Writing program. She created a program that included a major focus on legal analysis, and emphasis on statutes and agency regulations. This unique program combined Professor Lawrence’s training in both English and law to teach writing as a “thinking process,” emphasizing self-editing skills. In founding the current curriculum, she created one of the first programs in the nation that employed full-time instructors who were law graduates. This is now the model nationwide.

Ms. Chambers received her bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Oregon in 1953 and continues to be an avid supporter of the university’s academic and athletic programs. In addition to being chairman and CEO of Chambers Communications, she also serves as president of Chambers Management and as chair of the advisory board for Oregon Law’s Center for Law and Entrepreneurship. Ms. Chambers’ generous gift of $1 million to Oregon Law established the Center for Law and Entrepreneurship in 1994. In her capacity as chair of the center’s advisory board, she has overseen the expansion of the center’s activities to include the Technology Entrepreneurship Fellows Program, which began in 2002, and the Small Business Clinic, which opened in January 2004.

Members of the graduating class selected Associate Professor of Law Rob Illig to serve as commencement marshal and lead their procession. Professor Illig joined the law school after practicing corporate and securities law for seven years in New York and London. His research focuses on the governance structure of hedge funds and other private equity funds.

Professor Tom Lininger will receive the 2010 Orlando J. Hollis Teaching Award. Professor Lininger joined the Oregon Law faculty in 2003 and directs the school’s Public Interest Public Service program. The Hollis Award is presented annually to the law school’s outstanding teacher, to reward excellence in classroom instruction.

Timothy Ream is the J.D. class speaker. Cholatee Watanawejvijit is the LL.M. class speaker. Sanford Weintraub, president of the Student Bar Association, also will address the graduates. The Class of 2010 representatives are Amanda Summer Husted and Briana Nicole Renzetti.

A reception will take place following commencement from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at The Club at Autzen Stadium, located at 2727 Leo Harris Parkway in Eugene.

For the first time, Oregon Law will live-tweet the commencement ceremony. To receive commencement updates as they happen, visit http://twitter.com/OrLawGraduation.

For more information on this year’s commencement exercises, please visit the Oregon Law Commencement website.

Related Links:

2010 Commencement Information for Guests and Graduates

Oregon Law Announces Commencement Speaker Hon. Ricardo M. Urbina

Education, Business Pioneers Mary Lawrence and Carolyn Chambers to Receive Meritorious Service Award

Professor Tom Lininger to Receive 2010 Orlando Hollis Teaching Award

Follow Live Commencement Tweets @OrLawGraduation

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