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August 1, 2011

Oregon Law, Wayne Morse Center to Host Keith Aoki Memorial Symposium Oct. 1

School will celebrate life of the late beloved professor

The University of Oregon School of Law and Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics will honor the life and memory of the late former professor Keith Aoki, who died earlier this year. (un)Bound by Law: Keith Aoki Memorial Symposium is a free public event taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Knight Law Center. Keith Aoki

Aoki was a brilliant and humble law scholar and artist. He taught at the School of Law for 13 years and is remembered for his wit, intelligence, and kindness to colleagues and students. The symposium will honor his life with tributes about the importance of his scholarship in copyright law, local government law and Asian-American jurisprudence, and will celebrate with a concert by his former school of law band, The Garden Weasels.

In addition to his numerous contributions to the legal world, Aoki was an accomplished comic book author and cartoonist. While at Oregon Law he published Bound by Law? Tales from the Public Domain, along with collaborators from Duke University, a comic that presented nearly everything anyone would need to know about documentary film, copyright, and fair use.

Aoki earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in fine art. In the mid-1980s, he decided to leave the art world and entered Harvard Law School. He earned his law degree in 1990 and practiced in Boston for two years before embarking in academia at Oregon Law.

Professors and legal experts from all over the nation who worked with Aoki will be presenting during the symposium, including his Duke Law School comic book collaborators Professor James Boyle and Senior Lecturing Fellow Jennifer Jenkins.

After the symposium, a reception and celebration will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Knight Law Center Commons followed by the Garden Weasels performance from 7 to 8 p.m.

Anyone interested in attending the October 1 symposium, reception, and/or concert should register online at uoregonlaw.com/aoki2011. Continuing Legal Education credits (5.25) for attorneys are available and will cost $50.

For additional details on the symposium, visit law.uoregon.edu/org/aokisymposium/.

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