Law and Policy Dilemmas

Focus on Harney County

In March 2016, the PLP Program hosted a successful and well-attended event open to both the law school community and the public.  David Hayes and Amanda Peacher spoke at the event entitled Harney County and the Sagebrush Rebellion: Past and Present Issues in Federal Land Management.

Co-sponsored with the Wayne Morse Center and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center at the UO Law School, this event included two unique perspectives.  Former wildlife ranger and Oregon Public Broadcasting reporter Amanda Peacher provided a multimedia presentation about the occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge.  Her presentation included interviews capturing the perspectives of Harney County residents and many individuals occupying the Refuge during this time.

David Hayes provided legal analysis of a number of the constitutional arguments that surfaced during the occupation.  Currently a visiting lecturer at Stanford University School of Law, Hayes previously served as deputy secretary and chief operating officer of the Department of the Interior under President Clinton and President Obama.

The PLP Program will continue to organize similar law and policy events in the future.  The Program launched “Lunch with Leaders” this fall, allowing law students to engage with law and policy experts in a small group format several times a year.  

The series first event in October featured a panel of seasoned litigators from WilmerHale who discussed litigating cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.  The panel included Debo Adegbile, who President Obama nominated in 2013 to be the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. 

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