Message from the Dean

Dean’s Advisory Council Meets
By Laird Kirkpatrick, Philip H. Knight Dean

Nicholas Rockefeller Leads Fundraising Effort
University of Oregon Law School

The first meeting of the Dean’s Advisory Council on January 31 was both a pleasure and an enlightening experience for me. The law school council welcomed new members Don Corson ’85 and Chris Kent ’85, both former students of mine. Ken Stephens ’67 also was gracious enough to join. All three of these Oregon attorneys remind me again  of the quality of our
school and the important contributions our graduates make to the legal profession. Ken, who practices corporate and securities law, is a founding partner of Tonkon Torp in Portland. Chris is a trial lawyer with his own Portland practice and is also a member of the law school's Appropriate Dispute Resolution board. He and his wife Mary Rice-Kent attended law school together—almost certainly the first married couple to do so. Don, past president of the Oregon Trial Lawyer's Association, is a partner in the Eugene firm Johnson, Clifton,
Larson and Corson.

They join a distinguished 23-member board led by Nicholas Rockefeller, whose sound counsel will support our school through its continued growth as well as the largest fundraising campaign in UO history. Fortunate as I am to have this strong group of advisors, I think the group felt equally privileged to be part of a remarkably active law school. While we were meeting, law students were busy organizing a visit of the Navajo Supreme Court, developing a loan repayment assistance program and putting together an intellectual property and digital media symposium. We welcomed two new faculty members in business and evidence, as well as an assistant dean of finance and operations. Meanwhile, the
faculty was teaching, publishing, and organizing our first-ever Portland lecture series. We are going places. With your help, we'll go even further and faster.

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