The Oregon Supreme Court will hear two cases during its annual visit to the University of Oregon School of Law on Thursday, March 13, 2014. State v. Hickman and Doyle v. City of Medford will be heard back-to-back beginning at 9 a.m. in room 175 of the Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate St. in Eugene.
In State v. Hickman, the State of Oregon has been granted review of a Court of Appeals decision, reversing and remanding the murder conviction of defendant Jerrin Lavazie Hickman. The issues on review include admissibility of eyewitness identification, and the question of whether an error of eyewitness identification evidence warrants reversal regardless of whether the error prejudiced the defendant.
In Doyle v. City of Medford, plaintiff Ronald Doyle filed an action to obtain group health insurance for himself, Robert Deuel, Benedict Miller, and Charles Steinberg. The issue on review is whether Oregon law provides retired public employees a civil remedy for breach of the duty to make group health insurance coverage available to retirees.
Videos of the proceedings will not be available for either of these cases.
After each argument, the Court responds to questions from students. The Lane County Bar Association will have its monthly lunch at the law school following both arguments. Justices, court personnel, faculty, and students will join members of the bar for the lunch.
Note to Media Members and Photographers: The Oregon Supreme Court has specific rules for media conduct in the courtroom. Only one still photographer and one video camera and technician are permitted in the courtroom. Media personnel must wear tasteful business attire. Broadcast media representatives may not move about the room during proceedings. Recording equipment must be positioned before the session opens and must not be moved during proceedings. Equipment cannot produce distracting sound or light. Following is a link to the complete rules for media coverage of Appellate Court Proceedings.
Congratulations to University of Oregon School of Law Assistant Professor Elizabeth Tippett, recipient of a 2014 University of Oregon Faculty Research Award.
The award will provide financial support for Tippett's continued research into "The Effect of Attorney Advertising on Medical Decisions." Professor Tippett's was one of only 21 awards bestowed upon UO faculty members this year by the Faculty Research Awards Committee as part of the university's Faculty Research Awards Program.
The Faculty Research Awards Committee confers awards upon UO faculty members whose research proposals demonstrate outstanding intellectual merit. The Faculty Research Awards Program is designed to spur UO research by supporting the endeavors of leading faculty members. Faculty Research Award grants provide support for research expenses, including travel, summer stipend, equipment, supplies, contractual services, shared facility use, and graduate or undergraduate student research assistance.
This is not the first time Tippett's outstanding legal research has been recognized. Just two years ago, Tippett was selected to present her research into the Dukes v. Wal-Mart decision at the national Conference on Empirical Legal Studies.
Professor Tippett earned her law degree from Harvard University in 2006. Prior to joining Oregon Law in 2012, Professor Tippett worked as an employment law attorney at Winston Sonsini Goodricch & Rosati.
She teaches several courses at Oregon Law, including Employment Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution, as well as a Mediation Clinic. Her research interests generally include employment law, ethics and dispute resolution.
The University of Oregon School of Law Mock Trial Team competed in the regional mock trial competition in Santa Clara, California, from Feb. 21-22. The team was comprised of law students Eric Pickard, Kelsey Fleharty, Tyler Call, Benjamin Harris, and James Bunts.
“It was a perfect primer in trial advocacy and dovetailed very nicely with my coursework and clinical undertakings,” said Harris. “It was stressful at times, but also vindicating because it was the culmination of months of hard work by our team.”
The competition included 22 total teams including schools such as the University of Washington, Gonzaga, Willamette, Lewis & Clark, Stanford, Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Hasting, McGeorge, and Golden Gate. All 22 teams completed two rounds, and the eight highest-scoring teams moved on to the semi-finals to compete in a knockout round. Teams were matched according to ‘power ranking,’ meaning the highest scoring team competed against the lowest, etc. Four teams moved past the semi-finals, and the top two teams in the final round will advance to the national competition in San Antonio, Texas.
Call, Harris, and Bunts competed very well, but just missed the point qualification to move to the semi-finals. Pickard and Fleharty advanced to the semi-finals, and lost by only two points to the host school, Santa Clara.
“The overall experience was incredibly valuable as it allowed me to develop my own skills and also witness the talent in West Coast law schools,” said Fleharty. “I was tremendously impressed by the level of competition and it made me excited for the future of the legal community in all three states: Oregon, Washington, and California.
Harris added, “More than anything, this competition highlighted the importance of professionalism, respect, and integrity in the legal profession, as well as the absolute importance of training, competency, and teamwork. Teamwork is crucial in these types of competitions, and I can’t thank my teammates enough for their outstanding commitment and performances.”
“The team members should be proud of their work and of their growth in trial practice. I am extremely proud of each of them,” said Scott Bradford, Assistant U.S. Attorney, who worked closely with the team.
Harris spoke highly of Bradford’s help, “I would be remiss without mentioning the tireless, noble, and altruistic efforts of our coach Scott Bradford. We could not have asked for a better mentor and leader.”
The University of Oregon Law School is proud to offer an extensive list of skills courses focusing on a variety of legal topics. This year's Mediation course, which examines the fundamentals and practice of mediation, is being taught by recent alumnus Noah Chamberlain.
The course allows students to gain proficiency in using the tools, skills and concepts essential to being effective in assisting in the settlement of a dispute or controversy between parties.
Chamberlain graduated from Oregon Law in 2010 with a J.D. and M.S. in Conflict and Dispute Resolution. During his time at Oregon, Chamberlain researched best practices in court-connected mediation and served as a small claims court mediator volunteer.
Chamberlain is currently a Mediation Coach and Adjunct Instructor at the School of Law.
"I am looking forward to this teaching opportunity to stay connected with the UO community. I am a practitioner at heart, but also look forward to engaging students about areas of mediation that I am passionate about. I've been mediating cases since 2008 and it is amazing to have the opportunity to share my experiences with students," Chamberlain said. "It is a rewarding experience if I can help future attorneys prepare for being mediators or working in mediation as advocates for their clients."
Mediation 610 is offered in Spring 2014 along with an optional weekend mediation certification class for current law students.
The international human rights attorney Almudena Bernabéu visited the University of Oregon and the School of Law on February 14, 2014, as part of the Savage Endowment's Preventing Genocide Grant.
Bernabéu presented a workshop at the law school on February 12 titled "Human Rights in the Americas" to a group of students and faculty that included undergraduate students majoring in Latin American Studies and law students. The workshop provided an overview of the ongoing challenges and possibilities for human rights work in the Americas, with an emphasis on several high profile cases in Guatemala and El Salvador.
"Speaking with Ms. Bernabéu – someone who has been a part of the early pioneering efforts in international justice – really reinforced my sense of purpose for why I am here at Oregon Law," said John Bain, 1L International Law Fellow.
Bernabéu has become a leading voice in the international human rights movement and currently serves as the Transitional Justice Program Director at the Center for Justice and Accountability an international human rights organization. She has worked in human rights and international law for over 16 years, and has lectured at many universities including Oxford, Harvard, Columbia, and U.C. Berkeley. She has extensive experience litigating high-profile human rights cases in Europe and the Americas, including the Jesuits Massacre case and the Guatemalan Genocide case.
Bernabéu's connection to the UO is strong: she was the de las Casas lecturer at the University of Oregon in the spring of 2012, and she returned later that year to participate in the Oregon Review of International Law's Fall 2012 Symposium, "War and Memory: Bearing Witness to Everyday Life."
Bernabéu's husband, Nicholas W. van Aelstyn is a 1990 graduate of Oregon Law, which adds to why Bernabéu says she feels "like an honorary Duck."
Two students from the University of Oregon School of Law have been selected as Innovation Fellows for the Oregon Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN). Third-year students Cameron Miles and Dustin Littrell will work with an attorney in the UO Office for Research Innovation and the university's General Counsel. The students' responsibilities include drafting contracts, leases, and other agreements that are designed to aid in the launch of the new economic initiative.
Oregon's RAIN leverages the regional strengths of the South Willamette Valley to generate innovation-based companies. Partners include the state of Oregon, University of Oregon, Oregon State University, the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce and the South Valley Regional Solutions Center, as well as the cities of Eugene, Springfield, Corvallis and Albany. RAIN provides emerging companies with the human resources and infrastructure they need to succeed and helps researchers and technologists spin off new private companies that create jobs for Oregonians.
"The program itself is a really unique opportunity to grow small businesses, create jobs, and take advantage of the growing tech boom that this area is experiencing," said Littrell. "RAIN is going to give people an opportunity to take an idea and turn it into a product or service with the help of experts, mentors and a workspace; and hopefully they will build companies, hire people, and create jobs – I think this will have a big impact."
"The Oregon Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network is excited to have Dustin Littrell and Cameron Miles on board as RAIN Innovation Fellows," said Orca Merwin, information asset and industry agreements administrator and Oregon Law 2009 alumnus, who reviewed applications and selected the two students. "We chose Dustin and Cameron out of a very competitive pool of applicants from the School of Law because they both had the perfect mix of skills, developed through classwork focused on business law and contract drafting, and work experience."
Miles earned his bachelor's degree in engineering in 2010 and subsequently a master's degree in 2011, both from University of Phoenix. RAIN is "a way to locate resources and leverage the technology available in the area and through the universities, to help create jobs within the county," described Miles. "It is a program focused on long term growth – a partnership that helps everyone in the long run."
After law school, Miles hopes to stay in Oregon and find a job within corporate law, which tailors well to the practical hands-on experience he will gain while working with RAIN. Among other responsibilities, Miles will work writing terms and conditions for the RAIN website.
Littrell earned his bachelor's degree in business management and marketing from Evangel University in 2008. After law school, he hopes to work for a firm doing transactional corporate work; this opportunity with RAIN will provide him with real experience working with transactional legal work inside the context of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Miles said the connections that the UO School of Law provides to students are very important. "They have so many programs at the law school and they keep us well aware of them. Everyone can fit into a niche. The faculty is great and the Career Center is good about pointing us to opportunities that are right for us," said Miles. Littrell also spoke highly of Oregon Law, "The UO law school is great about giving students opportunities to get out of the classroom – whether it be a clinic, fellowship, internship, or anything like that – to help students get hands-on experience."
The University of Oregon School of Law invites law students across the country to experience a summer unlike any other!
Building upon the University of Oregon's tradition of excellence and innovation – in both academics and athletics – the Summer Sports Institute is the first program of its kind on the West Coast. The five-week program runs July 5 through August 11, 2014. The Oregon Law Summer Sports Institute is designed to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to the wide world of sports law. Consisting of 10 weeklong mini-courses led by legal experts from around the country, the Oregon Law Summer Sports Institute offers students an unforgettable summer experience. Students will earn up to six transferable law school credit hours while immersing themselves in everything else the Institute — and Eugene — has to offer.
"This is going to be a great way to study sports law, and a great way to study business law. Intensive, robust, in-depth, but fun. And Eugene in the summer–there's nothing like it," said Oregon Law Summer Sports Institute Director Rob Illig.
The five-week program will allow students to experience everything Eugene has to offer during the summer. With countless opportunities for outdoor recreation and plenty of pubs, restaurants and other social attractions to explore, visiting students will love Eugene's glorious summer weather and collegetown atmosphere.
Like the law school's traditional sports law offerings, the Oregon Law Summer Sports Institute teaches sports law as a subset of business law. The Summer Sports Institute’s intensive curriculum is relevant across nearly all fields of legal study. Its rigorous coursework covers topics ranging from professional sports regulation and NCAA compliance to licensing, intellectual property and antitrust and labor law (just to name a few). The ultimate goal of the Oregon Law Summer Sports Institute is to provide aspiring sports and business law attorneys the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue careers in their field of choice.
Professor Illig has assembled an "All-Star" team of faculty members to lead the Institute's diverse assortment of classes, lectures and career panel discussions. They include renowned legal scholars from law schools across the country, Oregon Law alumni currently employed by Nike and adidas, and a number of professors from the UO law and business schools.
With numerous group activities and events, students' experience during the Oregon Law Summer Sports Institute will go far beyond the classroom. The program includes behind-the-scenes tours of UO Athletics facilities like the Football Performance Center, day trips to Portland for a Timbers soccer match, white-water rafting and much more. An affordable housing option, within short walking distance of Oregon Law, is also available for program participants, allowing students to easily connect with one another after the day's classes end.
The Oregon Law Summer Sports Institute will begin July 5 and run through August 11, 2014. To apply, visit sports-law.uoregon.edu/apply. For more information, contact Professor Illig at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program is made possible by support from Academic Extension at the University of Oregon. UO Academic Extension provides exceptional credit and noncredit educational opportunities to people seeking university-level instruction and enrichment beyond the traditional campus experience.
In 2012, Allison Rackley helped reinvigorate Oregon Law's chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ). Now completing her third year of law school, in her home state of North Carolina, as a visiting student at Wake Forest University, Rackley has replicated her previous success.
LSRJ gives reproductive justice a presence and reproductive justice advocates a community at more than 80 law schools across North America. The group's mission is to educate and organize law students to ensure that a new generation of advocates will be prepared to protect and expand reproductive rights, such as a woman's right to choose and improved access to contraceptives, as basic civil and human rights.
Rackley worked on Oregon Law's LSRJ chapter in her second year, which complemented her passion for public interest law, specifically women's rights and the reproductive justice movement. While at Oregon, Rackley served as a member of the law school's Women's Law Forum and served on the executive board of the Public Interest Public Service student group. Rackley also was involved with the Oregon Law Students Public Interest Fund while at Oregon Law.
Rackley's work with LSRJ at Oregon included raising awareness of the organization on campus by maintaining active tabling and event presence. However, she attributes the success of Oregon Law's LSRJ to the passion of its members and Oregon's cooperative and collaborative culture.
"There's an amazing culture at Oregon Law of organizations co-sponsoring events, which is representative of the school's cooperative and collaborative culture, and strengthens the success of all student groups," says Rackley.
Now at Wake Forest, Rackley has implemented a LSRJ chapter. To replicate her success at Oregon, she has been networking with other students to create a strong base of membership among 1Ls and 2Ls that will continue establishing LSRJ.
"This year at Wake Forest I have tried to focus on co-sponsoring events with other student groups, and attracting large numbers of 1Ls and 2Ls to establish a strong base of membership," says Rackley.
Throughout this year a majority of Rackley's time will be spent developing the organization so that its success will continue after she graduates in the spring.
Rackley attributes her success at Wake Forest to her experiences at Oregon Law during her first two years of law school.
"My educational experiences at Oregon Law definitely prepared me to spend my 3L year at Wake Forest Law. The community-focused nature of the law school, its students, faculty, and staff, assists in preparing Oregon Law students to be successful at any law school."
Rackley aspires to work for an organization such as NARAL or Planned Parenthood in North Carolina.