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Precision, Accuracy and Balance

For the first time in history the University of Oregon will be fielding a complete men’s and women’s team in the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championship taking place April 16th-19th at the Hippodrome Disc Golf Complex in North Augusta, SC. Playing in the championship are four Oregon Law 2L students, Cory Higdon, Sarah Henderson, Scott Morrow, and Paul Fraser.

This year the University of Oregon is sending an “A Team” (National Championship Flight) and a “B Team” (First Flight Championship Flight) as well as a women’s team. The University of Oregon’s presence is significant this year, especially as they are the fourth school in history to ever field a full women’s team at the championship.

Sarah Henderson serves as captain of the women’s team, and also took 4th in the women’s individual competition last year. Henderson will be leading the women’s team this year at the championship as the women are seeded third and the men are seeded 15th going into the competition.

The team practices twice a week for one hour at the Alton Baker Disc Golf Course, weather permitting. Balancing law school and a sport can be challenging, but Paul Fraser excels at both. “Time management is crucial. I am juggling a full time job (called law school) and dating a very demanding girlfriend (the disc golf club), so ability to successfully manage all of my responsibilities is a very challenging endeavor,” says Fraser.

Watch Oregon Law’s 2Ls compete at the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championship here.

Duck takes aim at Corvallis City Council

Between attending class, hours of intensive reading and studying — not to mention juggling the demands of a job and externships — University of Oregon School of Law students are busy people. Zach Baker (3L) is no exception. 

But despite his already daunting set of responsibilities as a law student, Baker, 31, has announced he will be taking on yet another challenge: running for Corvallis City Council.

Baker's decision to run for the Ward 3 City Council seat is motivated not only by his legislative expertise and involvement with the Corvallis community, but also by his penchant for shaping economic and environmental public policy.

The prospective city councilor expects to obtain his Oregon Law degree in May, graduating with a concentration in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. Baker says his experience at Oregon Law played a pivotal role in preparing him for his upcoming city council campaign.

"Given that working to protect the environment will be a priority of mine as a City Councilor, the numerous environmental law classes I've taken will prove particularly useful," said Baker.

According to Baker, Oregon Law's nationally renowned environmental law program afforded him a more informed perspective regarding existing environmental legislation. Baker credits his experience as an Oregon Law student, and his involvement with the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in particular, with stoking his reexamination of whether existing laws are actually working as intended, if they are suited to address future challenges and, most importantly, how they might be improved.

"By engaging with these questions, I determined that there was a lot of room for improvement in our current laws," Baker said, adding, "Building upon the lessons I learned from my prior policy background and community engagement I decided that the most useful step I could take to bring about that improvement was to run for elected office."

Prior to attending Oregon Law, Baker spent more than four years in Washington, D.C., serving as a lobbyist, activist, and policy analyst. During his time in the nation's capitol, Baker worked for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, the National Wildlife Federation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture before deciding to return to Oregon to attend law school.

"Having come to law school to sharpen my knowledge and skills as an advocate, my time at Oregon Law has been well spent," said Baker.

Professor Michael Fakhri is the 2014 Hollis Teaching Award recipient

The University of Oregon School of Law congratulates Assistant Professor Michael Fakhri who was chosen to receive the 2014 Orlando J. Hollis Teaching Award. The Hollis Award is the law school’s highest teaching honor. 

The Law School Personnel Committee selected Fakhri for this year’s award based on the criteria of peer teaching reviews, student teaching evaluations, committee members' knowledge of the nominee's teaching, and the number and substance of nominations.

"It's quite a privilege to teach students and I'm lucky to teach at such a collegial law school," Fakhri said of the honor.

Students noted that Fakhri is "incredibly effective and approachable for someone with such an impressive intellect" and "a great teacher and mentor who explains concepts in a way that enables students to not only understand those concepts, but to think critically and to question them."

Fakhri received his doctorate from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, LL.M. from Harvard Law School, LL.B. from Queen's University, and B.Sc in biology from the University of Western Ontario.

Fakhri's research is primarily in the historical examination of the sugar trade and its relationship to the creation of multilateral trade institutions. His other research interests include Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL), trade and development in the Middle East, public international law, international legal history, legal accounts of imperialism, and law and globalization.

Additionally, Fakhri is also a faculty member for the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center where he co-leads the Food Resiliency Project. Fakhri has also authored the book Sugar and the Making of International Trade Law, and written articles featured in the London Review of International Law, the Notre Dame Journal of International & Comparative Law, and European Journal of International Law, among others.

Fakhri will receive the Hollis Award as a part of the School of Law’s commencement exercises on Saturday, May 17, at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Eugene.

Gift establishes Jubitz Peacemaker Fellowship Award Fund

The University of Oregon has established the Jubitz Peacemaker Fellowship Award Fund through a generous gift of $500,000 from Mr. Al Jubitz. The fund provides support for graduate students enrolled in the Master's Degree Program in Conflict and Dispute Resolution (CRES), which is housed at the School of Law. The fellowship awards will help students with tuition or assist students with educational and research expenses associated with the student's education. Particular attention will be paid to international students seeking to study in the CRES program and domestic students in the CRES program who wish to intern overseas.

"Many conflict resolution professions are relatively new," notes Faculty Director Jen Reynolds. "It takes vision to champion and pursue alternative approaches to disputes. Generous awards like the Jubitz Peacemaker Fellowship Award Fund support our students in this courageous, difficult work."

Jubitz supports peacemaking activities with an emphasis on teaching peace and conflict resolution. "Al Jubitz has dedicated his life to promoting peace and the non-violent resolution of disputes,” said Tim Hicks, director of the CRES Program. “His generous gift expresses his belief in our program and the education it provides. His partnership inspires and encourages our work and will change lives."

The dispute resolution approaches taught through CRES are being applied in corporate and organizational settings, in public policy decision-making, in many sectors of legal practice including tort, contract, employment, family, and environmental law, in international humanitarian and relief work, in community disputes and decision-making, and within the courts.

The value of conflict management expertise and experience is increasingly being recognized in government, business, and the non-profit sectors. The endowment will strengthen the CRES students’ learning and academic pursuits and assist in putting into practice the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom.

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