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May 4, 2011

State Supreme Court Justice to address Oregon Law graduates May 21

Hon. Martha Walters delivers law school commencement keynote

The Honorable Martha L. Walters, Oregon Supreme Court Justice and 1977 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, will deliver the 2011 keynote address at the law school’s commencement exercises at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Eugene.

Judge Walters has been a pioneering civil and employment rights attorney and served as president of the Uniform Law Commission — the first woman in that prestigious office. She is a member of the American Law Institute and also has served as a delegate to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. Former Governor Ted Kulongoski appointed her to Oregon’s highest court in 2006, and she was elected to a six-year term in 2008. Justice Walters was the founder and president of the Eugene law firm Walters, Romm, Chanti & Dickins (now Walters, Chanti & Zennache).

Judge Walters is also the co-recipient of Oregon Law’s 2011 Meritorious Service Award, given annually “to a person or persons who have made extraordinary contributions to legal education and the law.” She will be accepting the award along with law school Professor Emeritus James O’Fallon.

Also during the ceremony, Professor Suzanne Rowe, director of the school’s Legal Research and Writing Program, will be honored with the 2011 Orlando J. Hollis Teaching Award. The Hollis Award is the law school’s highest teaching honor.

There is no charge for admission to Oregon Law’s commencement, and the event is general seating. A reception will take place following the ceremony at the Club Room at Autzen Stadium. Additional information is available at www.law.uoregon.edu/students/commencement/.

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