Upcoming Events

  • Oregon’s Public Universities and Colleges: Facing the Challenge


    Program  1:00-5:15 p.m.
    Reception  5:15-6:00 p.m.

    The O’Connell Conference is an annual event made possible by former Chief Justice Kenneth J. O’Connell and presented by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics and the UO School of Law. It is a forum for the judicial and legal community to examine current topics in public policy and public affairs. This year’s conference will explore the theoretical, jurisprudential and political aspects of the ongoing changes in Oregon and national public higher education and legal education.

    Free and open to the public. Registration is requested.
    Four CLE credits are available. (registration is required for those seeking CLE credits).


  • Making the Case for Transgender Health and Rights: Gender Recognition in the Courts and in Prison

    JamisonGreenFeaturing Jamison Green, advocate for transgender and transsexual civil rights, health, and social safety.

    Green leads a small consulting firm specializing in transgender education and policy, through which he and colleagues advise the Human Rights Campaign on the Corporate Equality Index and many corporate and government clients on transgender workplace issues. He is the author of the prize-winning book Becoming a Visible Man (Vanderbilt University Press, 2004), and is known around the world for his work on anti-discrimination legislation, healthcare access, and insurance reform.

    Among his  numerous honors, Dr. Green has received the Transgender Advocacy Award from the LGBT Bar Association and the Association of Gay & Lesbian Psychiatrists’ Distinguished Service Award. He is president of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, and is the second trans person ever to lead that organization in its 36-year history.

    Green holds a M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in law from Manchester Metropolitan University.

  • Diversity in Higher Education: Dangers of a Colorblind Policy

    Featuring 2015 Wayne Morse Chair Gary Orfield.

    gary orfieldGary Orfield is a professor of education, law, political science, and urban planning as well as the codirector of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Orfield researches social policy, with a focus on the impact of policy on equal opportunity for success in American society. School desegregation and the implementation of civil rights laws have been central issues throughout his career. In addition to his scholarly work, Orfield has also taken an active role in affirmative action and civil rights cases.

    His recent books include Dropouts in  America: Confronting the Graduation Rate Crisis,School Resegregation: Must the South Turn Back? (with John Boger), and Higher Education and the Color Line (with Patricia Marin and Catherine Horn).

  • Black Lives Matter: Race and Justice Across America

    ogletreeFree and open to the public, registration is required
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    Featuring Charles Ogletree, professor of law at Harvard Law School and the founding and executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice.

    Ogletree is a legal theorist with an international reputation for his work in securing equal rights for all. He has written extensively on race and justice, his most recent book being Punishment in Popular Culture (NYU Press, 2015), which he co-edited with Austin Sarat.

    Among his many honors and awards, Ogletree has been named by Ebony Magazine as one of the 100+
    Most Influential Black Americans every year since 2006.

    Ogletree visited Oregon as the Wayne Morse Chair in 2001-02 as part of the theme on Race and Criminal Justice. He was a popular and impactful visitor who convened classes and forums at the UO and in the community.

    Both Portland and Eugene events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. One Continuing Legal Education credit is available with registration.


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