Message from the Dean
Some of that energy came from the sweet sounds of buzz saws and the smell of sawdust as construction wrapped up on our first floor in January, giving a new home to our law journals, student groups, and Center for Career Planning and Professional Development. As a result of the construction project, every single law student will walk past (or into) our Career Center every single day they are in the law school—reinforcing the notion that professional development is an integral part of a legal education at Oregon Law.
I’m thrilled with the finished product and hope you get the chance to visit our remodeled space in the near future. If a trip to the School of Law isn’t in your plans, or you’d like to view the progression of the first-floor remodel, visit our Building Updates Blog where you can view photos and video of the project’s various phases.
The Jaqua Law Library is also going through renovations this year, remodeling the third and fourth floors – with the help of student input. Based on the feedback of student focus groups, the library’s goal is for each student to have writing and study space appropriate for a modern legal education.
It’s not just our physical spaces receiving makeovers this year – you may have noticed Oregon Law’s recently redesigned web presence. We have upgraded the look and feel of our site in a concentrated effort to better reach our target constituencies, keep pace with the ever fluid nature of technology, and make the overall user experience successful for all individuals visiting the law school’s website.
And the energy continues with our student groups. The Green Business Initiative Student Association recently brought together policymakers, legal practitioners, and business leaders to discuss the creation of strong foundations for sustainable businesses. This spring, the Oregon Law Review welcomes renowned legal scholar Arthur R. Miller for a symposium in his honor. This year also marks the first time in the school’s history in which law faculty will offer undergraduate courses. Undergraduate students interested in the law, or in simply sharpening their analytical skills, will have the opportunity to sign up for Introduction to American Law and Legal Studies and/or Environment Law and Policy.
This spring also allows us to honor an outstanding alumnus with a distinguished public service career – Michael Schrunk ’67 with the Frohnmayer Award for Public Service.
Whatever weather Eugene may offer us, this winter has been a season filled with hope and change. We are excited about the times to come.
Philip H. Knight Dean
University of Oregon School of Law