According to the latest weather forecasts, the University of Oregon School of Law is about to experience a "A Flurry of Giving." The Oregon Law Students Public Interest Fund (OLSPIF) hosts the annual fundraiser, from Monday, Nov. 3, and runs through Tuesday, Nov. 25.
OLSPIF sells decorated, paper snowflakes in order to provide stipends for law students who want to spend their summers working in public service. During the long Thanksgiving weekend, a team of OLSPIF board members and volunteers turn the School of Law's Wayne Morse Commons into a winter wonderland with the purchased snowflakes and bright lights.
Snowflakes cost $1 (small), $5 (medium), $10 (large) and $20 (extra-large), and can be ordered online starting Nov. 3rd. The public may also order a "snow shower" for $100 and receive a cluster of snowflakes decorated by OLSPIF students.
Orders also may be emailed to Noah Glusman at firstname.lastname@example.org and paid for by check to UO Foundation/Oregon Law Students Public Interest Fund, c/o Nicole Commissiong, 1221 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1221.
Snowflakes also may be purchased at the OLSPIF table in the Oregon Law commons area during any lunch hour between Nov. 3 and 25.
Fundraisers such as "Flurry of Giving" play a vital role in allowing law students to work in public service organizations because often those organizations cannot afford to pay for legal clerks. In past years, OLSPIF has provided up to 17 law students with summer stipends. These students went on to do summer work for organizations such as the Alliance for Children's Rights and the Lane Coalition for Healthy Active Youth.
The primary beneficiaries of Oregon Law's public service programs such as OLSPIF are people in need within the local community. Students who receive the stipends provide legal assistance to organizations whose capacity to help the community is often overwhelmed by a vast amount of client need. The time students spend working for public service organizations is time spent benefiting the greater community.
On October 7, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and Secretary of State Kate Brown signed a proclamation declaring November "Mediation Month" for the 16th year in a row. Oregon Law, along with the entire state of Oregon, will observe Mediation Month — a month to encourage Oregonians to consider mediation as a method for resolving conflict.
In order to promote safer communities, Oregonians are urged to consider mediation to peacefully solve their own conflicts with the help of trained mediators. The proclamation identifies Oregon Law's Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) Center as one of the foremost organizations that is working to provide mediation and dispute resolution support to the state of Oregon. The Oregon Office for Community Dispute Resolution, housed at the ADR Center, supports 17 community dispute resolution centers in the state. Annually, there are more than 5,000 cases mediated through community mediation centers, positively impacting more than 15,000 Oregonians.
Professor Jennifer Reynolds, faculty director of Oregon Law's Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center, says that mediation is a useful process tool in many different kinds of disputes. "Mediation is not a cure-all, but it is a process that promotes listening, dialogue, understanding, self-determination, and discovering common ground," she says. "Regardless of the level or type of conflict, mediation can make it easier for parties to reach creative, sustainable agreements."
Oregon’s ADR Center prepares students to practice and participate as advocates in mediation within various communities by offering a theory-based education, along with experiential learning opportunities through internships, probate mediation clinics and in small claims.
Oregon Law encourages all Oregonians to consider mediation as a means of conflict resolution and join us in observing Mediation Month this November.
Oregon Law 2L Cassanrda Snelling received one of the thirteen OLSPIF 2014 summer stipends allowing her to work at The Gateway Center, a domestic violence clinic in Portland, Ore. The Gateway Center is a one-stop shop for domestic violence victims and their children. While at the center victims may access a variety of services, including restraining order applications, crime reporting and prosecution, assistance with custody and divorce or other legal assistance, mental health services, Department of Human Services Self-Sufficiency, parent and child therapeutic services and much more. Her tasks included helping individuals file restraining and stalking orders, helping prepare for contested restraining orders, assisting with divorce and custody papers, facilitating court hearings, and performing legal research.
While working at The Gateway Center, Casssandra says that she "was reminded of just how difficult it may be for low-income individuals to secure legal representation and even retain any basic legal assistance." Individuals need legal resources for all sorts of reasons, but when it comes to something as serious as domestic violence, obtaining legal representation can be life altering. Some domestic violence victims not only have their safety at stake, but also that of their children and financial security. "I had the opportunity to help individuals secure all three of these things," Cassandra said. "When individuals are unable to secure these aspects of their life, all hope can diminish. Seeing individuals afraid for their lives when they came into the clinic and then being able to help them feel safe and secure by the time they left was rewarding and eye-opening."
"I came to law school to help communities in need and help restore hope when people have none," remarkedCassandra." Having the opportunity to work at The Gateway Center gave me a glimpse into the change and impact I can create through public interest work. Without the OLSPIF stipend I wouldn’t have had this opportunity."
While working at The Gateway Center, Cassandra engaged in rewarding work and gained a beneficial learning and legal experience. She was able to learn directly from judges and attorneys. She was able to help individuals file petitions, observe the judge review the petitions, and ultimately make a ruling. The experience allowed her to further improve her legal research and writing skills. "I was even able to assist an attorney so that she could take on more pro bono clients,' said Cassandra. "And the list goes on. Thank you to all who support OLSPIF."
Learn more about the OLSPIF 2014 summer stipend recipients.
The Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center (ENR) and Ocean and Coastal Law Center were recently awarded a research grant by the Oregon Sea Grant to fund a two-year interdisciplinary research project titled “Implementing EBM: Connecting Caretakers of the Oregon Coast with Transformative and Practical Legal Tools.” The research work will be conducted as part of the ENR’s interdisciplinary research project, the Oceans, Coasts, and Watersheds Project, and will be led by faculty co-leader Professor Richard Hildreth. The grant provides funding to support faculty and two law student fellows.
“I want to thank Oregon Sea Grant for supporting this important research work,” says Hildreth. “‘Implementing EBM’ will continue and build upon the long legacy of ocean and coastal work at Oregon Law.”
Oregon Sea Grant (OSG) is one of 33 state programs within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sea Grant College Program. Through an integrated program of research, outreach, and education, OSG helps people understand, rationally use, and conserve marine and coastal resources.
Ecosystem-based management is an environmental strategy that recognizes and considers the full array of interconnected interactions within an ecosystem, including human activities and development. Successfully implementing EBM is a complex goal because it requires managing diverse stressors that involve Oregon coast multiple decision-makers, necessitating coordination among federal, state, and local jurisdictions, as well as the active involvement of the local community.
It also requires an understanding of state, local, federal, and even international law. Rather than focusing only on individual laws that influence mere portions of an ecosystem, true implementation of EBM must explore the important interplay between jurisdictions and substantive areas.
The project will occur in three phases. Phase I will evaluate and summarize current EBM law and policy in Oregon. Phase II will explore EBM implementation in the context of energy development, including siting of renewable wind and wave energy facilities in state and federal waters, exportation of nonrenewable fossil fuels from Oregon coastal ports, and effects of the US Department of the Interior’s Oil and Gas Leasing Plan. Finally, Phase III will analyze EBM in the context of fisheries management and health, including management decisions made by the West Coast Fisheries Management Council and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, addressing ocean acidification in Oregon waters, and integration of EBM in Oregon coastal fresh and marine-based waters.
The project will culminate in the production of a comprehensive legal guide to implementing EBM in Oregon. The guide will be made available online and presented to various stakeholders and environmental decision-makers along the Oregon coast in a series of public meetings. For more information, please visit seagrant.oregonstate.edu/research/ecosystem-based-management-legal.
Alexandra Hoffman is a second-year law student at the University of Oregon School of Law and an Oregon Sea Grant fellow in ENR’s Oceans, Coasts, and Watersheds Project.
The University of Oregon Conflict and Dispute Resolution Master's Program (CRES), housed in the School of Law, is celebrating its Tenth Anniversary of serving students. CRES is an interdisciplinary master's program structured to prepare a new generation of practitioners and educators to rethink traditional approaches to conflict. Each year's student cohort study dispute resolution theory and develop practical conflict resolution skills that they apply in real-world work conditions. Each cohort brings together students from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.
Co-founded in 2005 by Jane Gordon, Michael Moffitt, and Cheyney Ryan, CRES has grown significantly since its inception, when it offered eleven courses to eighteen students. The CRES Program now accepts twenty-six to thirty students per year, offers scholarships for first-year students, offers over twenty five courses (at both graduate and undergraduate levels), and has developed international and domestic internships paths (Northern Ireland, Israel/Palestine, National Policy Consensus Center and Lane County Family Mediation Program). CRES has served more than 200 students and alumni. This year's cohort is comprised of 27 students, students representing five countries (Japan, Kenya, Germany, the US and Sri Lanka), 2 veterans, 5 concurrent degree students, and 19 women.
A series of special Tenth Anniversary events are planned during the 2014-2015 academic year celebration ranging from speaker presentations, to a film screening, to a reception and dinner. The celebratory events kicked off the week of October 13th with CRES co-sponsoring speaker Dr. Mary Adams Trujillo's presentation, "Building MLK's Beloved Community: Dismantling Injustice, Achieving the Dream." For more information on these and other CRES Tenth Anniversary celebration events, see conflict.uoregon.edu/10years
Additional information on the CRES Program can be found at conflict.uoregon.edu/
Mark Quinlan joins Oregon Law as Oregon Office for Community Dispute Resolution program administrator
Mark Quinlan has joined University of Oregon School of Law as program administrator for the Oregon Office for Community Dispute Resolution (OOCDR) Program. The OOCDR supports important services for 17 community dispute resolution centers in 25 counties throughout Oregon. The OOCDR Program Administrator position allows Mark to combine his extensive professional experience and expertise to advance the program and further its work across the state.
Mark has served as the Executive Director for the Bend Area Habitat for Humanity since 2008, where he worked with affiliates in a variety of contexts including dispute resolution, disaffiliation, and organizational development. Mark’s previous experience includes serving as a Program Manager for the High Desert Education Service District for eleven years, where he developed entrepreneurial activities to benefit underserved populations, implemented and managed School Improvement Department programs, and was responsible for development of funding sources and grant writing.
Mark earned his Masters degree in Public Administration at Portland State University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Linfield College. His advanced degree emphasized non-profit management including project management, fiscal management, strategic planning, and organizational development. In 2012 he was selected to participate in the Strategic Perspective of Non-Profit Management executive learning program at the Harvard Business School.
Mark has lived in Oregon since 1995 and enjoys spending his free time traveling and being outdoors. He is an avid cyclist, hiker, fly fisherman, and skier. He also likes giving back to his community by volunteering his time to several organizations.
For more information on OOCDR, go to: http://oocdr.uoregon.edu/
The University of Oregon School of Law welcomes alumna Kristie Gibson as the school's new LL.M. (master of laws) program director starting July 1.
Gibson is a “Double Duck” having earned her undergraduate ('94 ) and J.D. ('98) degrees from the University of Oregon. She also holds a LL.M. in Transnational Law from Willamette University College of Law.
"I am delighted that Kristie Gibson has accepted our offer to serve as the law school’s new LL.M. program director," said Eric Priest, LL.M. faculty director. "This is an important moment in the program’s development and Gibson has an incredible wealth of relevant international law and business experience, and has an outstanding reputation and record of service in the Oregon Bar."
Under Gibson's leadership, the law school's LL.M. program, which currently is focused on environmental law and draws students from around the globe, will seek to expand to additional areas of concentration, including American Law and Business Law.
"Kristie's background positions her perfectly to help us continue the program's success and navigate these exciting changes," Priest added.
Gibson replaces longtime Oregon Law Professor John Bonine as LL.M. program director. Bonine is known worldwide as an expert in public interest environmental law. He had previously been serving concurrently as LL.M. faculty director and program director, but announced his retirement from both positions in 2013.
Gibson spent a number of years in leadership roles doing international law and business as president and in-house counsel at Gibson Holders, Inc. (subsequently Gibson Pacific, Inc.), an international company involved in product development, manufacturing and sales. In addition, she has experience teaching for the law school and working with students, having developed and taught Oregon Law's pilot four-credit undergraduate Public International Law course in 2013.
Gibson’s experience includes work in private practice at Gartland, Nelson, McCleery & Wade in Eugene, where she focused on business and real property transactions, acquisitions, trademarks, copyright, intellectual property licensing, employment law and international manufacturing agreements. Gibson has also worked at Levontis, LLC and Gaydos, Churnside & Balthrop, P.C.
On June 20, 2014, approximately 100 legal and business professionals convened at the White Stag Block for “Plugged-In Portland.” Hosted by the University of Oregon School of Law, “Plugged-In Portland” featured a full day of forums, practical skills labs, continuing legal education (CLE) programs, and a software showcase. This was the first of an ongoing series of programs the School of Law is implementing.
"It was thrilling to watch Oregon Law bring business leaders and policymakers together for important conversations about Portland trends," said Rebekah Hanley, Assistant Dean for the law school's Career Center. "The event's scale was ambitious and its scope was broad, touching on several key economic sectors and practical skills. I look forward to collaborating with law school and external partners on future programs addressing developments and opportunities of interest to Portland's legal and business communities."
“Plugged-In Portland” provided professionals with focused context on several of the region’s most vibrant economic clusters and the legal and business issues associated with those clusters. Ellen Rosenblum, Oregon’s Attorney General and School of Law alumna, started the day with remarks noting the significant impact of new technologies on the legal profession and government, and the importance of community engagement.
Following Attorney General Rosenblum’s comments, Chris Harder, the Economic Development Director of the Portland Development Commission, provided an overview of Portland’s current economy and key elements of the economic development strategy that is reimagining the city’s skyline and neighborhoods. Harder highlighted the economic vibrancy of Portland’s trade sector and target industries. He also discussed the city’s investments in “place” that led to its nationally celebrated public transportation system, dense urban development, and globally competitive green building industry.
Later, leaders from Portland's athletics, outdoor, food, and software technology clusters conducted forums that examined new developments within their industries.
The CLEs and practical skills labs provided starting points for understanding projects, tasks, and challenges encountered by Portland’s legal and business professionals.
The event was sponsored by the Oregon State Bar New Lawyers Division and Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section.
Assistant Professor Michael Fahkri has been named the 2014 Oregon Law Galen Scholar in Legal Writing. The Galen Scholar is a University of Oregon School of Law faculty member committed to promoting excellence in student writing, who will work through the year to enhance writing opportunities for Oregon students.
In his role as the Galen Scholar, Fakhri will develop a writing curriculum for Oregon Law’s journals. During the course of the next year, Fahkri will work with students on the research, analysis, and writing necessary to author their own publishable notes – ultimately creating a renewed curriculum for each of the law school’s journals.
Professor Fakhri earned his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Western Ontario, his LL.B. from Queen's University, and his doctorate from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Fakhri’s academic interests are in international economic law with an emphasis on questions of development. His other research interests include Third World Approaches to International Law, trade and development in the Middle East, public international law, international legal history, legal accounts of imperialism, and law and globalization. He is also a faculty member of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program where he co-leads the Food Resiliency Project.
More about the Galen Scholar Recognition
The goal of the Galen Scholar Program is to stimulate and support research and programming related to law student writing, and to expand the writing pedagogy of all law school faculty. Another initiative supported by the Galen Fund is the expansion of upper-level writing courses. To learn more, check out the Galen Scholar webpage.