September 13, 2010
O’Connell Conference Examines Cross-Pollination in the Law Today
The University of Oregon School of Law’s 2010 O’Connell Conference, “Cross-Pollination in the Law,” will take place Thursday, September 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the University of Oregon in Portland.
Laird Kirkpatrick, professor at George Washington University Law School and former Oregon Law dean, along with the Honorable Michael Gillette, Oregon Supreme Court associate justice, will be among the day’s guest speakers. Discussion will center around how, when, and whether the law or social policies of one jurisdiction have been or should be borrowed to interpret or influence the law of another jurisdiction.
This year’s conference will be held in conjunction with the Oregon State Bar Appellate Section’s annual social aboard the Sternwheeler Rose, an evening cruise on the Willamette River.
The annual O’Connell Conference is named in honor of Kenneth J. O’Connell who served as an Oregon Supreme Court justice for nineteen years. He brought his strengths as a scholar and a teacher to Oregon’s high court in 1958 and was elected to three full six-year terms — the last as chief justice. O’Connell was appointed by Dean Wayne Morse to the UO School of Law faculty in 1935.