Should the Oregon Constitution be Amended to Protect the Environmental Rights of Future Generations?

Program:  Stoel Rives lawyers Jim Westwood and Steve Griffith will engage in a lively debate moderated by The Honorable Jack Landau on whether the Oregon Constitution should be amended to include the following provision based on Article 9, Section 1 of the Montana Constitution:

 “(1) The state and each person shall maintain and improve a clean and healthful environment in Oregon for present and future generations.

 (2) The legislature shall provide for the administration and enforcement of this duty.

 (3) The legislature shall provide adequate remedies for the protection of the environmental life support system from degradation and provide adequate remedies to prevent unreasonable depletion and degradation of natural resources.”

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Who should attend:  Lawyers (in all practice areas) who wish to understand how the interests of future generations might be protected by a state constitutional provision and the unintended consequences of that approach.


James N. Westwood, a graduate of Columbia Law School (1974), is a partner in the Portland office of Stoel Rives LLP.  Jim specializes in appellate practice and constitutional law.  He has served as Chair of the Appellate Practice and the Constitutional Law Sections of the Oregon State Bar and as President of the City Club of Portland.  For nine years, Jim has coached the Grant High School constitution law team.

Stephen L. Griffith, a graduate of Stanford Law School (1977), is a partner in the Portland office of Stoel Rives LLP.  Steve heads the Probate Litigation practice group at the firm.  He has served as Chair of the Portland School Board and Counsel to the Oregon House Judiciary Committee, and has been a director of The Wilderness Society and Oregon League of Conservation Voters.  For 10 years, Steve has coached the Lincoln High School constitution law team.

The Honorable Jack L. Landau received his law degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College (1980) and an LLM from the University of Virginia School of Law (2001). Since 1993, he has served as a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals and as an adjunct professor of law at the Willamette University College of Law.




Friday, May 21, 2010 from 8:00 am to 9:30 am


University of Oregon’s White Stag Location
70 NW Couch Street in Portland (Entrance on Couch)
First Floor Conference Room


$30 for Members of Sustainable Future Section;
$40 for Non-Members;
$50 for Non-Members plus section membership


Continental breakfast provided


1.5 General CLE credits approved


Parking is available at the Smart Park at NW Naito Parkway and Davis Street (entrance on Davis).  Metered street parking also is available. Public transportation is available on MAX (both Eastbound and Westbound):  Exit MAX at Old Town/Chinatown (stop ID 8378), located at the intersection of NW First and Davis or at Skidmore Fountain (stop ID 8379), located at the intersection of NW First and Couch . Several bus lines are located near the White Stag Block.  For light rail and bus schedules, visit  the TriMet website,

Four Ways to Register or Order:

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PHONE the CLE Service Center at (503) 431-6413, or toll free in Oregon 1-800-452-8260, ext. 413 with your credit card information.

MAIL this form to: CLE Registration, Oregon State Bar, P.O. Box 231935, Tigard, OR 97281-1935. Make checks payable to the Oregon State Bar.

FAX this form with credit card information to the attention of the CLE Registrar at (503) 968-4456. Do not mail a copy.


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CANCELLATIONS: Cancellation requests must be received at least 48 hours prior to the start of the seminar to qualify for a refund. Requests are accepted via phone, fax, or mail.
All cancellations are subject to a $20 fee.