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October 14, 2007

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Huffman is currently also the 'spokesperson' for Phillip Morris and R.J. Reynold's $10 million campaign against Measure 50, and has served on the board of Oregonians in Action's 'Legal Center'

You can read more about this peculiar No on 49 spokesperson (and others) on Measure 37 Watch.


Hewett Boulevard is not the law school's address.

Jack, well, the address sure fooled me. As I'm sure it did most recipients of the letter.

When you include a place (Lewis & Clark Law School) followed by an address, it's natural to assume that the place matches the address.

Just shows the deceptive lengths the No on 49 crowd is willing to go. Lies piled upon lies is their campaign strategy.

You should also note the PS on the end that states that the enclosed article is an opinion piece. The "article" itself doesn't include any anotation saying that it is an editorial instead of a newspaper article. It only has a heading of Albany Democrat Herald. I wonder if the same opinion piece under the heading of other newpapers got sent to people from other cities?

By swtiching up where pertinent information is located the letter is very deceptive. By placing the info about being an editorial on the previous page, one thinks it's a newpaper article. The address is also deceptive, using the same tactic. They put Lewis and Clark Law School on a line all it's own, right before the address to make it look like it is coming from the law school. Pigs. My Dad actually thought it was a letter from the law school.

Also a questionable move for Huffman, a Montana lawyer who is not licensed to practice in Oregon to suggest to Oregon non-lawyers that they really need to hire legal counsel to understand Measure 49. Huffman is an unscrupulous political operative with about the same level of moral fortitude as Jack Abramoff or Grover Norquist. His "apology" and the schools meager web posting are far inadequate to remedy his deceptions in this election cycle.

L & C has officially asked OIA to correct the record regarding Huffman’s use of the schools’ name to advance OIA’s political agenda. Today the school issued the following press release:

Lewis & Clark Law Dean Calls on Anti-Measure 49 Group to Correct Misuse of School Name

PORTLAND, Ore. (October 24, 2007) — Robert Klonoff, dean of Lewis & Clark Law School, today demanded that the anti-Measure 49 group Oregonians in Action take measures to correct the misimpression that the group’s recent statewide mailing came from the law school.

The demand was made in a formal letter to David Hunnicutt, president of Oregonians in Action, from the college’s general counsel, David Ellis. A copy of the letter was sent to the Election Division of the office of the Oregon Secretary of State.

The organization’s mailing, sent to many thousands of Oregon voters, was signed by former Lewis & Clark law dean and current professor James Huffman. The envelope used Huffman’s and the law school’s name on the return address, giving the impression that it was a mailing from the law school and that Huffman’s anti-49 message represented the official position of the school.

Klonoff demanded that Oregonians in Action send a letter of correction to all households that received the previous mailing and clarify that the anti-49 message did not represent any official position of Lewis & Clark.

“Oregonians in Action at no time sought my authorization to use the Lewis & Clark name on the envelopes for their mailing,” Klonoff said. “Nor did they seek the authorization of the college’s president, general counsel, or any other current member of the administration with authority to bind the college. Lewis & Clark Law School had no knowledge of any such mailing and did not learn of it, and Professor Huffman’s involvement with it, until concerned constituents began to contact us after receiving it in the mail.”

Judging from the large number of voters who have contacted the law school to express their concerns, Klonoff said it is clear that Oregonians in Action has given the impression that the letter was an official mailing from Lewis & Clark. “It’s disappointing that Oregonians in Action would misuse the school’s good name for a partisan political purpose, in what many of our concerned constituents regard as fraud against the voters,” Klonoff said.

“In the spirit of academic freedom and our commitment to sound jurisprudence, Lewis & Clark Law School upholds the right of our faculty members to engage in political debates no matter their stance on a particular issue,” Klonoff added. “However, as an academic institution we do not take official positions on ballot measures or any other political issue. Rather, it is our mission to educate lawyers and citizens who can enter such debates with critical thinking, a sound legal foundation, and a commitment to healthy public discourse.

“Fair debate requires that all participants represent their ideas with integrity and sincerity. The misuse of our name by Oregonians in Action violates that fundamental principle. It is deeply troublesome that the group would mislead voters in an attempt to garner support on this controversial issue. They must correct the record immediately.”

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