The award was established in 1990 by an endowment gift from Wallace and Ellen Kaapcke in honor of Orlando John Hollis. It is awarded annually to an outstanding teacher at the law school who displays excellence in classroom instruction.
A native of Eureka, California, Stuart Chinn received his BA, PhD (political science), and JD degrees from Yale University.
Stuart is an academic expert in constitutional law, constitutional legislation, and legal and political history.
With a background in political science and law, Stuart Chinn is interested in historical questions about politics, identity, race, gender, American political community, and judicial conceptions of community in the context of public education cases.
At the University of Oregon, Stuart is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and is Professor and James O. and Alfred T. Goodwin Senior Fellow. His focus when teaching and writing is constitutional law, legislation, and legal and political history.
His book, Recalibrating Reform: The Limits of Political Change was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014.
Chinn’s written pieces have been published in peer-reviewed venues such as the University of Chicago Press, Law & Social Inquiry, and Polity. He also has published or has articles forthcoming, in law reviews such as the Houston Law Review, Maryland Law Review, Utah Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, and others.
In the same way, his students praise his dedication to inclusivity and his ability to facilitate challenging conversations.
Stuart’s work with students has been notable; one colleague stated, “He obviously cares for his student’s learning, being both probing and respectful.”
Prior to arriving at Oregon Law, Stuart was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Texas School of Law.
A student remarked, “The controversial nature of Constitutional Law brings out a lot of opinions and strong beliefs; Professor Chinn is a fantastic moderator. He balances gratitude for sharing with an honest response based in facts and reality.”