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O'Connell Conference

Event Description - O'Connell Conference

The UO Law School and the OSB Appellate Section invite you to Eugene for the O'Connell Conference & a Ducks Football Game and Tailgate Party!

The Conference will be at the UO Law School on Friday, September 5, 2008, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. - Approved for 6 CLE credits.  Cost for the Conference (including lunch and all the social activities described below) is $150.00.

The Game and Tailgater is at Autzen Stadium, Saturday, September 6
Ducks v. Utah State

To Register for the Conference please contact the Oregon State Bar CLE department at (503) 431-6413 or (800) 452-8260 ext. 413

The conference topic is:  21st Century Challenges to the Judiciary:  
Judicial Independence, Popular Constitutionalism, and Judicial Elections

The morning session will focus on recent threats to judicial independence both in the US and abroad.  Our speakers will address challenges to the institutional integrity of our judiciary, as well as the struggle to create and maintain independent judiciaries in Russia, Ukraine and Pakistan.  Our speakers will include: Chief Justice De Muniz from the Oregon Supreme Court; Peter Wonacott, Senior South Asia Correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, who covered and will discuss the judicial crisis in Pakistan when President Musharraf dismissed the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; and Liliya Katerinchuk, a judge on the High Commercial Court in Ukraine who will discuss the challenges of creating an independent judiciary in Ukraine.

The afternoon session will focus on the question to what extent and in what manner the People should play a role in interpreting the Constitution.  Stanford Law School Dean Larry Kramer, author of the controversial book The People Themselves:  Popular Constitutionalism and Judicial Review, will join former Justice Hans Linde and Professor Rachel Caufield of Drake University Law School in assessing the relationship between the public and the courts in interpreting the Constitution.  Should courts have the final word on constitutional meaning? If so, do elected judiciaries solve the counter-majoritarian dilemma?  If not, how can constitutional meaning ever be determined with finality?  Or clarity?

To view the agenda, click here.

Social Activities: Following the conference, there will be a hosted reception and dinner.  Conference participants will also receive one free ticket* to the Ducks football game on September 6, which will include a tailgate party sponsored by the UO Law School. 

Bringing a spouse or friend?  We have a limited number of extra football tickets for $42; the cost to bring a friend to the cocktail party and dinner is $35.00.  If you would like an extra football ticket or plan to bring a friend to the cocktail party and dinner, please contact Rachel Johnson at (541) 346-3865, or email to make those arrangements. * For the first 100 registrants - If you will not need your free ticket, please let Rachel Johnson know so that we can pass it along to someone who can use it.  Thank you.

Accommodations in Eugene:  We have reserved a block of rooms at three Eugene Hotels.  Please call the hotels directly, soon, to reserve a room.  Since this is a football weekend, the hotels will not hold the rooms for too long:

Phoenix Inn Suites
850 Franklin Blvd.
Eugene, OR.  97403
(541) 344-0001
9/4-5 $109
9/6    $179

Residence Inn by Marriott
25 Club Road
Eugene, OR. 97401
(541) 342-7171

Valley River Inn
1000 Valley River Way
Eugene, OR. 97401
(541) 341-3472

To Register for the Conference please contact the Oregon State Bar CLE department at (503) 431-6413 or (800) 452-8260 ext. 413


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