Oregon Law’s top 10 stories of 2019

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As we take a look back at 2019, we’re highlighting the top stories published by Oregon Law and Around the O.

Sarah Adams-Schoen, Angela Addae, Howard Arnett and Latisha Nixon-Jones

Four new faculty members -- Sarah Adams-Schoen, Angela Addae, Howard Arnett and Latisha Nixon-Jones -- joined Oregon Law. Their diverse expertise ranges from climate resilience, urban redevelopment, and civil rights, to business, American Indian law and disaster law.


JD class of 2022

The University of Oregon School of Law welcomed 154 new law ducks in 2019. Coming from all over the nation, approximately 75% of the Class of 2022 are from outside of Oregon and represent 29 states. Seventeen percent are first-generation college students and twenty three percent self-identify as students of color. 


osprey chicks in nest

When the long-awaited hatching of the three osprey chicks finally happened atop the Knight Law Center, the three chicks were named by the public.


Cheryl I. Harris

Cheryl I. Harris, a professor of law at the University of California, Los Angeles, spoke on “Affirmative Action Chronicles: From the Era of Colorblindness to White Nationalism." 


view of canopy of trees

The Environmental Natural Resources Law Center received a grade of ‘A+’ according to rankings from preLaw magazine, a publication of The National Jurist.


fund for faculty excellence medal

Associate Professors and CRES Faculty Co-Directors Erik Girvan and Elizabeth Tippett were selected for the prestigious Fund for Faculty Excellence award. Both were recognized for "excellence in creative accomplishment, education, research and scholarship."


David Schuman

David Schuman, professor of practice at the University of Oregon School of Law, a former justice on the Oregon Court of Appeals and a deputy attorney general of Oregon, died Oct. 8. He was 75. A committed public servant, practitioner and professor of the law, Schuman began his 35-year legal career immediately after graduating from Oregon Law in 1984.  


60 Minutes Logo

UO undergraduate Kelsey Juliana, the lead plaintiff in the landmark environmental lawsuit Juliana v. United States, was interview by Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes.”  The case is currently under review before the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.


Tonya Harding

Tonya Harding, a domestic violence survivor, shared her story at the Domestic Violence Clinic’s 20th anniversary Celebration Gala and Fundraiser. It was the first time she used her platform to specifically address domestic violence.


statue of the pioneer mother

Three School of Law programs rank in the top 10, with the environmental law and natural resources law program jumping to No. 8 in the nation, up three slots from last year. The conflict and dispute resolution program moved up one spot to seventh overall. Legal research and writing came in ranked No. 5.