October 24, 2011
Stopping Oregon sprawl with former Justice Michael Gillette and Robert Liberty Oct. 25
On Tuesday, Oct. 25, former Oregon Supreme Court Justice Michael W. Gillette and Executive Director of the Sustainable Cities Initiative at the University of Oregon Robert Liberty will host a public discussion, “Stopping Oregon Sprawl: From the Mockery of Ad Hockery to the Rule of Law,” at the UO School of Law. The event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in room 141. The discussion will explore the relationship between the achievements of the Oregon land use planning program and the legal system that supports it.
Gillette served as deputy district attorney for Multnomah County, assistant attorney general in American Samoa and Oregon, and solicitor general for the state of Oregon. In 1977, Gillette joined the Oregon Court of Appeals, serving as presiding judge from 1980 to 1986. In 1986 he was appointed to the Oregon Supreme Court and was re-elected four times, serving until 2011. Today, he is a shareholder at the regional law firm Schwabe, Williamson, and Wyatt.
Liberty worked as a staff attorney at 1000 Friends of Oregon, where he represented the citizens in dozens of land use appeals before the Land Use Board of Appeals, Court of Appeals and Oregon Supreme Court. Subsequently, he served as executive director for 1000 Friends, was an attorney in private practice, a land use hearings officer, and senior counsel to Congressman Earl Blumenauer. He was elected to the Portland area Metro Council in 2004 and re-elected in 2008.
The discussion is free and open to the public.