The O’Connell Conference

 

O'Connell Conference

Friday, September 30, 2022
1:30 pm – 5:00 pm PDT

3.0 CLE Credits Pending
Presentations in-person unless noted, and Conference sessions will be taped for later viewing
 

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Conference Schedule

 

1:00 pm

Registration Opens

1:30 - 2:15 pm

 

Recent Cases, the U.S. Supreme Court, and Constitutional Interpretation

Stuart Chinn, Professor and the James O. and Alfred T. Goodwin Senior Fellow, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Oregon School of Law

Moderator: The Hon. Mustafa Kasubhai

 

2:15 - 2:30 pm

Break

2:30 - 3:15 pm

* West Virginia v. EPA: Navigating Climate Action & Administrative Authority in the Wake of the Major Questions Doctrine

Greg Dotson, Professor, University of Oregon School of Law

Lisa Heinzerling, Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center (speaking remotely)

Moderator: Mary Christina Wood, Philip H. Knight Professor of Law at the University of Oregon and the Faculty Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center.

* Speakers will be remote and livestreamed to the Conference room

 

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Preview of the Upcoming U.S. Supreme Court Term

Garrett Epps, Professor of Practice, University of Oregon School of Law

Moderator: Judge John V. Acosta

 

4:00 - 4:15

Break

4:15 - 5:00 pm

Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta: What the Case Means for Tribal Sovereignty

Howard Arnett, Professor of Practice, University of Oregon School of Law

Elizabeth Hidalgo Reese, Assistant Professor of Law, Stanford Law School (speaking remotely)

Moderator: Jennifer Reynolds, Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty Research and Programs, University of Oregon School of Law

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Featured Speakers

Associate Dean Stuart Chinn

Stuart Chinn is a Professor and the James O. and Alfred T. Goodwin Senior Fellow. He also serves as the University of Oregon School of Law's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. His areas of expertise include constitutional law, legislation, and political history. Associate Dean Chinn is currently working on a set of projects related to American civic norms. He received his B.A., J.D., and Ph.D., from Yale University.

 Judge Kasubhai

The Hon. Mustafa Kasubhai (moderator) has served as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Oregon since 2018. His early career included work in private practice and on the Oregon Workers Compensation Board. In 2007, Governor Kulongoski appointed him to serve as an Oregon State Circuit Court Judge in Lane County. He is a frequent speaker on many subjects, including diversity and inclusion in the profession. Judge Kasubhai received a B.S. in business administration from UC Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law.

Greg Dotson next to the US Capitol Building

Greg Dotson is a University of Oregon School of Law Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center faculty member. Since February 2021, Dotson has served as the Democratic Chief Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. In this role, he used his expertise to help pass the 2021 infrastructure bill and the recently enacted historic climate bill. Professor Dotson holds an undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech and a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law.

Lisa Heinzerling

Lisa Heinzerling is the Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. Her primary specialties are environmental and administrative law. Her publications include a leading casebook (with Zygmunt Plater and others) on environmental law. In her time at Georgetown, she has continued to litigate environmental law cases and served as the lead author of winning briefs in Massachusetts v. EPA. Professor Heinzerling holds an A.B. from Princeton and a J.D. from University of Chicago.

Mary Wood, environmental law professor at Oregon Law

Mary Christina Wood (moderator) is a Philip H. Knight Professor of Law at the University of Oregon and the Faculty Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center.  She is an award-winning professor and the co-author of leading textbooks on public trust law and natural resources law. She originated the legal approach called Atmospheric Trust Litigation, now being used in cases brought on behalf of youth throughout the world, seeking to hold governments accountable to reduce carbon pollution within their jurisdictions. Professor Wood is a frequent speaker and has received national and international attention for her sovereign trust approach to global climate policy.

Professor Garrett Epps

Garrett Epps is a Professor of Practice at University of Oregon School of Law. He returned to Oregon from the University of Baltimore Law School. Before heading east, Professor Epps taught Constitutional Law at Oregon Law for 16 years. While at Baltimore, he served for ten years as Supreme Court Correspondent of The Atlantic. He is the author of Democracy Reborn, a history of the adoption of the 14th amendment, and American Epic: Reading the US Constitution, as well as three other books about American law and two novels. Garrett Epps received his LL.M. and J.D. from Duke University and an M.A. from Hollins College.

The Honorable John Acosta

The Hon. John V. Acosta (moderator) has been a United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Oregon since 2008. He began his career in private practice. In 2002, he became in-house counsel for TriMet in Portland. Since 2017, Judge Acosta served as class mentor of each incoming 1L class. He received the Oregon State Bar's awards for professionalism and for diversity and inclusion, as well as Oregon Law’s Frohnmayer Award for Public Service. He graduated with a B.A. in History from San Diego State University and received a J.D. from Oregon Law.

howie arnett

Professor Arnett teaches American Indian Law at University of Oregon School of Law. Professor Arnett has practiced law for 40 years in Arizona and Oregon, representing tribal governments, tribal members, and Native American organizations. He is Of Counsel at the Bend, Oregon office of Best, Best and Krieger LLP, where his practice has included a work for tribes on tribal sovereignty and government-to-government relations. Professor Arnett holds a B.A. from Stanford, a master’s from London School of Economics, and a J.D. from the University of Oregon Law School.

Elizabeth Reese

Elizabeth Hidalgo Reese, Yunpoví (Tewa: Willow Flower) is an Assistant Professor at Stanford Law School. Professor Hidalgo Reese is a nationally recognized expert on tribal law and federal Indian law and frequent media commentator on developments within the doctrine, particularly at the U.S. Supreme Court. Hidalgo Reese began her legal career as a civil rights litigator at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She holds a B.A. from Yale, a M.Phil from Cambridge, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Professor Jen W. Reynolds

Jennifer Reynolds (moderator) is a professor and the Associate Dean of Faculty Research and Programs at University of Oregon School of Law, where she teaches civil procedure, conflict of laws, negotiation, and mediation. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, her master's degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin, and her bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago.