May 12, 2004

Contact Pauline Austin, (541) 346-3129, paustin@uoregon.edu

Source: Eliza Schmidkunz, (541) 346-3883, elizas@law.uoregon.edu

EUGENE—Oregon Supreme Court Justice Rives Kistler will address the 2004 graduating class of the University of Oregon School of Law at afternoon commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 16. Kistler joined the court in 2003, after serving four years on the appeals court and 12 years as an assistant attorney general.

The commencement, honoring approximately 160 graduates and open to the public, will begin at 1 p.m. in Silva Concert Hall at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, One Eugene Centre. A reception will follow on the UO campus at the William W. Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate St.

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, a 1974 UO law graduate, and Ninth Circuit Court Judge Stephen Reinhardt each will receive the Meritorious Service Award, the law school’s highest honor. The annual award recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to legal education and to the law.

The Knight Law Center is home to Oregon’s comprehensive law school, with six centers and programs of excellence: law and entrepreneurship, dispute resolution, environmental and natural resources law, ocean and coastal law, public interest-public service and the independent Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.

Founded in 1884, the UO School of Law was among the first eight western schools to be elected to the Association of American Law Schools (1919) and the first Pacific Northwest law school to be accredited by the American Bar Association (1923).

The UO offered its first law classes in 1884 in rented rooms at 722 S.W. Second Ave. in Portland–the site of the current UO Portland Center. The first woman law student graduated in 1892. The law school held its first separate commencement ceremony in 1972.

For more information about the 2004 UO School of Law commencement, go to http://www.law.uoregon.edu/students/commencevis.php.