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Student Bar Association announces 2014-15 officers

The University of Oregon School of Law Student Bar Association (SBA) recently elected their 2014-2015 academic year officers.

The SBA serves as a liaison between the law school and the undergraduate university, and as a collective voice of law students to communicate with the faculty, administration, community members, and alumni associated with the law school.

This year's slate of elected officers includes:

Carmel Zahran, president
Jacek Berka, vice president
Ryan Kutter, business officer
Troy Kickman and Joel Smith, 3L representatives
Tom Marshall and Sarah Hund, 2L representatives
Frank Lin as the 3L class speaker

This year’s president, Zahran, will work closely with the American Bar Association to provide student resources for Oregon Law’s student body. The elected officials will begin their duties in fall 2014.

Professor Susan Gary receives Wayne Westling Award for University Leadership and Service

University of Oregon School of Law Professor Susan Gary is the recipient of the University of Oregon 2014 Wayne Westling Award for University Leadership and Service. The University of Oregon Senate bestows the annual award. 

The Westling Award is given to a faculty or staff member for his or her outstanding and long-term leadership and service to the university. The Committee on Committees is responsible for establishing the selection criteria, soliciting nominations, screening candidates, and recommending the recipient to the senate for its approval.

This is an especially meaningful honor for Professor Gary as Wayne Westling, a dear colleague and friend, was a member of the Oregon Law faculty from 1979 to 2001. Gary has been a part of the School of Law faculty for more than 20 years and is most proud of the work she did when serving as co-chair of the Executive Diversity Working Group, the group responsible for developing the five-year diversity plan the University of Oregon adopted in 2006.

“As my faculty neighbor, Wayne was the embodiment of university service and community service, and it is so fitting that we have this award in his memory. I am honored beyond words to be this year’s recipient,” says Gary.

Professor Gary is an Orlando J. and Marian H. Hollis Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law, with teaching and research interests that include nonprofit organizations, trusts and estates, and estate planning. She was involved in the establishment of the law school's Probate Mediation Clinic and its Nonprofit Clinic, and serves as faculty supervisor of the Nonprofit Clinic.

Before entering academia, Gary practiced law with DeBandt, van Hecke & Lagae in Brussels. She received her bachelor's degree from Yale University and her law degree from Columbia University.

Gary is an academic fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. She served as the reporter for the Model Protection of Charitable Assets Act and the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act, both projects of the Uniform Law Commission. She has served as an advisory board member for the NYU National Center on Philanthropy and the Law, and holds or has held leadership positions in the Association of American Law Schools; the Real Property, Trust and Estate Section of the American Bar Association; and the Oregon State Bar. Gary also is a member of the UO Board of Trustees.

Helen Hempel ’91 publishes book about aging

Oregon Law alumna Helen Hempel ’91 recently co-authored a book, "Life: The Next Phase," published by Authority Publishing. The book provides information and advice about issues related to aging parents or loved ones. 2913174

“Life: The Next Phase” covers four common concerns including needing part-time assistance, needing full-time assistance, handling a crisis, and preparing for events that my occur in the future.

“I experienced great satisfaction from co-authoring the book because I felt that now people who are caring for parents and other loved ones would have a resource to turn to,” said Hempel. “The book is practical and easy to follow. It outlines steps to take when trying to address problems encountered in caring for those who need assistance in their daily lives.”

Hempel is a certified Elder Law attorney with more than 20 years of experience as a private law practitioner. Hempel is involved in a variety of law organizations related to elder citizens including the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Alliance on Aging Board, Alzheimer’s Association Local Program Committee, and the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform.

“As an elder law attorney, I encounter clients almost daily who come to me because they don't know what to do for their parents who are experiencing physical or cognitive decline, or both. I feel that I fulfill my role as an attorney and counselor by helping people to define the problem that they are facing and to show them that there are ways to address and potentially resolve or mitigate the problem,” said Hempel.

Jodi Hempel and Mary Beth Cozza are co-authors; both have direct experience with challenges related to caring for aging relatives. Learn more about the authors here.

The book provides practices and tools for individuals to best help their parent or loved one; it also focuses on how to care for others without losing yourself in the process.

“I hope that readers will gain confidence from reading the book and learning the steps to take to resolve some of the problems they are encountering. I would also hope that readers would ‘feel better’ knowing how to begin to address the issues of dealing with aging parents or other loved ones,” said Helen Hempel.

Oregon Law receives Oregon Sea Grant

The University of Oregon School of Law’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center (ENR) and Ocean and Coastal Law Center received an $88,000 award from the Oregon Sea Grant’s 2014-2016 Social Science and Human-Dimension Research Special Call. The award was received on behalf of Oregon Law Professor Dr. Richard Hildreth’s proposal “Implementing Ecosystem Based Management: Connecting Caretakers of the Oregon Coast with Transformative and Practical Legal Tools.” 

The Oregon Sea Grant will support a two-year research project on Ecosystem based management of coastal resources in Oregon by providing funding for Professor Hildreth and two law student fellows to conduct environmental legal research.

Proposals for the grant were reviewed for scientific excellence and societal relevance through a rigorous process of external peer review plus a combined technical and relevance review panel. The panel included subject matter experts from outside of Oregon, representatives from Oregon Sea Grant’s citizen Advisory Council, members of the Oregon Sea Grant leadership team, and National Sea Grant Office personnel. Final decisions were made by Oregon Sea Grant and were approved by the National Sea Grant Office.

Competition for Sea Grant funding this year was extremely fierce. Oregon Law received the grant due to the panel’s confidence in Hildreth and the reputation of Oregon Law’s Ocean and Coastal Law Center.

The project has an official start date of July 1, 2014.

Oregon Law announces 2014 Order of the Coif

The University of Oregon School of Law is pleased to congratulate the 19 members of the Class of 2014 who have been elected to Order of the Coif. Carrie Murray ranked first in the class.

Considered one of the highest honors a law student can receive, the Order of the Coif is a national honor society for law school graduates at member institutions. To gain membership into the order, a student must earn a J.D. and a grade point average that places him or her in the top 10 percent of the graduating class. The UO School of Law is the only law school in Oregon with membership in Order of the Coif.

The complete list of Oregon Law’s Order of the Coif graduates (in alphabetical order) includes:

Nathan Bellinger
Elizabeth Berg
Kristina Cauthorn
Lara Dittman
Lauren Eldridge
Alyssa Fritz
Grant Hartley
Brian Hennes
Wyatt Hirsch
Matthew Hodges
Brandon Johnson
Frank Lin
Dustin Littrell
Carrie Murray
Emily Peyton
Jacqueline Quarre
Altove Rowley
Kenneth Safley
Erin Toft-Dupuy

Environmental Law Fellows announced

The Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center recently announced the rising 2L and 3L students who have been appointed ENR Fellows for the 2014-2015 academic year.

After receiving a record number of applicants this year, the ENR Center offered fellowships to 25 students through a competitive application process. Through project development work and substantive research and writing, the law student fellows listed below will take on real-world environmental problems in each of the interdisciplinary projects listed below.

Students appointed as Bowerman and David Brower Fellows receive a $7,000 stipend in support of their work on ENR's interdisciplinary projects. These fellowships fund groundbreaking and innovative student research, furthering the student's knowledge, careers, and fields of practice while providing real legal analysis for today's environmental conflicts.

Conservation Trust Project
Kelsey Estabrook, 2L
Rance Shaw, 2L, Bowerman Fellow (Natural Resources Damages)
Gordon Levitt, 3L, Bowerman Fellow (Public Trust Model Code)

Energy Law and Policy Project
Ravi Parikh, 2L
Lauren Bernton, 2L
Maggie Boberg, 3L
Jordan Bailey, 3L, Bowerman Fellow (Energy Storage)
Andrew Mulkey, 2L, Bowerman Fellow (Clean Air Act 111(d))

Food Resiliency Project
Katie Carey, 2L
Amanda Martino, 2L
Emily Knobbe, 3L

Global Environmental Democracy Project
Nicole Budine, 2L
Ashley Carter, 3L, Bowerman Fellow (Environmental Justice)

Native Environmental Sovereignty Project
Erika Gibson, 3L
Anne Haugaard, 2L

Ocean Coasts and Watersheds Project
Tori Wilder, 2L
Andree Phelps, 2L
Jill Randolph, 2L
Malia Losordo, 3L, National Science Foundation Funded Fellow (Willamette Water 2100) 
Kristina Kraaz, 3L, Bowerman Fellow (Willamette Water 2100)
Alexandra Hoffman, 2L, Oregon Sea Grant Fellow (Ecosystem-Based Management)

Sustainable Land Use Project
Rory Isbell, 2L
Eric Trotta, 2L
Wes Knoll, 3L, Eugene Water and Electric Board Fellow (Riparian Buffers)

Environmental Conflict Resolution
Sahra Yusuf, LL.M.

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