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Oregon Law announces 2013 Order of the Coif

The University of Oregon School of Law is pleased to congratulate the 17 members of the Class of 2013 who have been elected to Order of the Coif. Elizabeth Brown 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:

Jessica Bloomfield

Alexandra Bodnar

Elizabeth Brown

Jonathan Frohnmayer

Kellen Holgate

Jonathan Hood

Brittany Mahugh

Travis Mahugh

Anna Makowski

Alyson McCormick

Jamison McCune

Matthew Mertens

Sara Miller

Jason Nelson-Elting

Gabrielle Thompson

Amanda Van Wieren

Kirk Wintermute

Please join Oregon Law in congratulating its Class of 2013 members elected to the Order of the Coif.


Oregon Supreme Court hears death penalty case at Oregon Law

Supreme Court SealThe Oregon Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the cases of State v. Everett and Haugen v. Kitzhaber during its annual visit to the University of Oregon School of Law. Below, please find video of each case.

The case of State v. Everett arguments were heard at 9:00 a.m. Defendant Ronald Alan Everett has been granted review of a Court of Appeals decision affirming trial court decisions denying his motion for judgment of acquittal of both solicitation to commit aggravated murder and solicitation to commit assault in the second degree, and denying his motion to strike certain testimony by a state's witness.

The case of Haugen v. Kitzhaber arguments took place at 10:30 a.m. Oregon death row inmate Gary Haugen is fighting Governor John Kitzhaber for his right to die. The governor has granted the twice-convicted murderer a reprieve. Haugen, however, does not want it.


Oregon Law Undergraduate Spring 2013 Course Offerings

The University of Oregon School of Law has made an addition to its undergraduate course offerings for the spring 2013 academic term. Whether students are planning on attending law school or not, taking legal and conflict resolution studies as a part of your degree can improve job performance and career opportunities. The new class is Public International Law, taught by Kristie Gibson.

Public International Law 
LAW199. 4 Credits. CRN 38097. Instructor: Kristie Gibson. Class size:  80 
Monday/Wednesday 2-3:50 pm, Allen Hall Room 221

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of public international law and the international legal process. International law plays an ever-evolving role in shaping global policy and relationships between and among nation states and influences domestic laws and policies of individual nations. The course will explore the sources of international law; the relationship between international law and municipal law; the role of international tribunals and international organizations; and general principles of international law. 

Instructor Kristie Gibson practices with Gartland, Nelson, McCleery & Wade, P.C. in Eugene, Oregon. Before joining Gartland Nelson in 2011, Gibson spent nine years as in-house counsel for a manufacturing business in Eugene, where her legal work focused on contracts, employment law, international trade, import and export law, corporate tax and accounting, logistics, regulatory compliance, and intellectual property. In addition to her legal work for the corporation, Gibson was involved in the management and day-to-day operations of the organization and worked to diversify the corporation's product line, implement efficiencies in the manufacturing and logistics processes and develop partnerships, both domestically and internationally, to serve the needs of the corporation's clientele.

Gibson focuses her work on business transactions with entity formation, contract negotiation, international business transactions, import and export work, and intellectual property matters. Gibson completed her undergraduate work in Political Science, with honors, at the University of Oregon in 1994 and earned her J.D. at the University of Oregon School of Law in 1998. She returned to law school in 2008 to earn her LL.M. in Transnational Law at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon and East China University of Politics and Law in Shanghai, China.

Registration for this course, and other Oregon Law undergraduate offerings, is now open.


Oregon Law: Continues to Top Programmatic Rankings

For the sixth year in row, Oregon Law School boasts three top ten programs in U.S.News & World Report. As part of the state’s flagship university, Oregon Law is one of only three public institutions in the nation having three or more top specialty ranked programs.

Among the very best programs in the nation according to U.S.News & World Report‘s 2014 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” Oregon Law’s Legal Research and Writing (LRW) ranked 5th, Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) ranked 7th, and Environmental and Natural Resources Law (ENR) ranked 8th. This is the tenth year the ENR program has appeared in the top ten, the sixth year for both the ADR and LRW programs (LRW rankings began in 2005).

The other two public institutions with three or more U.S.News & World Report top ten ranked programs include University of California-Berkeley, and the University of Maryland.

Oregon Law’s reputational ranking — that is, how academic and legal experts nationwide view the school — makes it the top-ranked school in the state of Oregon and the second in the Pacific Northwest, after the University of Washington.


Death penalty case to be heard at UO Law

Oregon death row inmate Gary Haugen is fighting Governor John Kitzhaber for his right to die. The governor has granted the twice-convicted murderer a reprieve. Haugen, however, does not want it.

The Oregon Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Haugen v. Kitzhaber during its annual visit to the University of Oregon School of Law. The arguments will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 14, in room 175 of the Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate St. in Eugene. The proceedings are open to the public, a capacity crowd is expected and an overflow room will be available.  Video of the proceedings will be available on the law school’s website later in the day.

Prior to the Haugen case, the court will hear arguments in the case of State v. Everett at 9:00 a.m. in room 175. Defendant Ronald Alan Everett has been granted review of a Court of Appeals decision affirming trial court decisions denying his motion for judgment of acquittal of both solicitation to commit aggravated murder and solicitation to commit assault in the second degree, and denying his motion to strike certain testimony by a state's witness.

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.

Oregon Law's nationally ranked Legal Research and Writing program coordinates the Oregon Supreme Court visit on an annual basis.

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.



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