Professor Emeritus James M. O’Fallon passed away on the morning of Tuesday, July 11, 2017.
Once described as the “Titan of Oregon’s constitutional law faculty,” O’Fallon joined the School of Law in 1981 and had served as Associate Dean for several years. From 1989 to 2014, he also served as the University of Oregon's Faculty Athletic Representative, ensuring student-athletes had support to balance scholarly and athletic endeavors, and representing the UO in PAC-12 conference and NCAA issues.
Born in Gunnison, Colo., O’Fallon spent his formative years in Manhattan, Ks. in the era of school segregation and Brown v. Board of Education. The experience shaped his decision to pursue a calling in law. Later, through his academic work and work with the NCAA, he also created graduate employment opportunities to enable student-athletes of color to pursue law degrees.
Professor O’Fallon graduated from Kansas State University and earned his law degree from Stanford in 1972. Prior to joining the faculty at UO, he served as a law clerk for the Ninth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals. He also had served on the law faculties at the University of Richmond and the University of Detroit, and was a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at Harvard. O’Fallon’s scholarly work, including influential articles on Marbury v. Madison and the Missouri Controversy, focused on constitutional history and theory, and legal philosophy. His book, “Nature's Justice: Writings of William O. Douglas” (Oregon State University Press, 2000), captures the environmental advocacy of the longest serving Justice in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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