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December 5 — Impeachment: Political Shenanigans or Constitutional Remedy

The Congress seems consumed by the possibility of an impeachment proceeding directed against the President of the United States. Stuart Chinn, from the University of Oregon law School, will present an objective assessment of the nature an purpose of impeachment as laid out in the U.S. Constitution.

Stuart Chinn writes and teaches on constitutional law, legislation, and legal and political history. At Oregon Law, he is the associate dean for programs and research and an associate professor of law. His book, RECALIBRATING REFORM: THE LIMITS OF POLITICAL CHANGE was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. Additionally, Stuart has published in peer-reviewed venues such as University of Chicago Press, Law & Social Inquiry, and Polity.  He has also published (or has articles forthcoming) in law reviews such as the Maryland Law Review, Utah Law Review, and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, and others.

Stuart is currently conducting research that examines competing conceptions of legal impartiality. Prior to arriving at Oregon Law, Stuart was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Texas School of Law. A native of Eureka, California, Stuart received his B.A., Ph.D. (political science) and J.D. degrees from Yale University.

December 19 — Managing the Oregon and California Forest Lands

For many years, counties in Oregon received significant revenue
from the federal government on account of lands owned by the federal government
and managed by the Bureau of Land Management. This money was considered
compensation for the fact that a large amount of timber land was not subject to
property taxes. These lands (the Oregon & California Forest, have been the
subject of controversy, particularly since the federal payments have essential
disappeared. Chris Cadwell a retired forester who served for 33 years with the
Bureau of Land Management, will discuss the history of this forest, how the
lands are now managed by BLM and how management of the forest can provide a broad
range of benefits for rural communities in Oregon.

Mr. Cadwell is now a staff consultant with the Association of O&C Counties and represented AOCC
during the development of the current BLM Resource Management Plan. A resident
of Springfield, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management from
Humboldt State University and tends his own small forest plot in the McKenzie


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