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March 2, 2012

Brilliant legal minds to celebrate Professor Arthur R. Miller on April 13

Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, Elizabeth Cabraser, GMA's David Hartman and others will pay tribute to renowned legal scholar Arthur R. Miller

Before there was truTV, there was Arthur R. Miller, the archetypal law professor. Whether in the classroom, in the courtroom, or on camera, Miller is famous for his theatrical style, his quick wit, and his seemingly inexhaustible knowledge of civil procedure and copyright. An early “celebrity” jurist, Miller was the first on-air legal reporter for “Good Morning America” — a position he maintained for two decades — and also hosted “Miller’s Court” from 1979–88, the first American television show dedicated to the exploration of legal issues and aimed at the nonlawyer American public.

The Oregon Law Review, the University of Oregon School of Law and the UO School of Journalism and Communication will be honoring the lifelong work of Professor Miller during a symposium titled “Miller’s Courts: Media, Rules, Policy, and the Future of Access to Justice” from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, at the University of Oregon’s White Stag Building in downtown Portland.

Former GMA host David Hartman, along with numerous guests from the legal and media spheres, will pay tribute to Miller’s diverse professional efforts to increase access to justice by empowering individuals in the civil system.

In addition to Hartman and Miller, who currently is a professor at New York University School of Law, the symposium’s list of distinguished guest speakers includes such names as:

• The Honorable Alex Kozinski, chief judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

• The Honorable Ann Aiken, chief judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

• Susan Saladoff, producer and director of the documentary “Hot Coffee,” which examines the controversial “McDonald’s coffee case”

• Elizabeth Cabraser, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

• Mary Kay Kane, University of California Hastings College of Law

• The Honorable Rives Kistler, Oregon Supreme Court

• Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor, Slate magazine

The symposium will provide a forum for a comprehensive inquiry into questions of access to justice in civil law with special emphasis on the areas within which Miller has worked throughout his career: rulemaking, class actions, media and the law, technology and privacy, legal pedagogy, and procedural policy. Panelists will engage in a Fred Friendly-style roundtable discussion of current and future trends relating to access to the civil courts, many of which will be particularly relevant to Oregon’s legal and political landscape.

On Thursday, April 12, Miller will receive the University of Oregon’s Presidential Medal from Interim President Robert Berdahl.

For additional information, including a complete list of symposium guest speakers, a schedule of events, and information on how to register, visit law.uoregon.edu/org/olr/symposia.

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