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March 20, 2012

First Amendment Protections Now: ‘Speech,’ ‘Press’ and ‘Assembly

2012 O'Connell Conference examines 'speech,' 'press,' 'assembly'

The University of Oregon School of Law and the Oregon State Bar Appellate Practice Section are teaming up to present the annual O’Connell Conference from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the White Stag Block in downtown Portland.

The conference will focus on both state and federal constitutional protections for “speech,” “press” and “assembly.” It will explore the underpinnings of the obscenity laws, how the “E World” is changing our definitions of “speech”, “press” and “assembly”, the impact of Citizen’s United, the continuing vitality of Oregon’s State v. Robertson case, Oregon’s history with the “assembly” clause, and other topical issues.

The event examines cutting edge issues facing appellate judges, but is open to the general public. Six Continuing Legal Education credits are available for members of the practicing bar.

Presenters at the conference include:

Keynote: Andrew Koppelman, professor, Northwestern University School of Law
Justice Michael Gillette, Oregon Supreme Court (retired)
Justice Rives Kistler, Oregon Supreme Court
Justice Jack Landau, Oregon Supreme Court
Judge David Schuman, Oregon Court of Appeals
Judge Lynn Nakamoto, Oregon Court of Appeals
Ofer Raban, professor, University of Oregon School of Law
Marc Brown, Oregon Appellate Public Defender’s Office
Tim Gleason, dean, University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communications
Charlie Hinkle, partner (retired), Stoel Rives
Mark Zusman, editor, Willamette Week

Event registration is available at www.uoregonlaw.com/oconnell2012. Cost for the event is $25 for the general public and members of the practicing bar. The event is free for all judges, appellate clerks and staff attorneys to the court. View the complete conference agenda HERE.

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