Introducing the memorial symposium in the Oregon Law Review for the late Professor Keith Aoki, who taught at Oregon from 1993 to 2006, we frame the contributions of invited scholars who address Keith’s impact on the law and legal academy through his prolific work on diverse areas of law — intellectual property, local government, critical geography, Asian American jurisprudence, immigration and critical Latina/o jurisprudence. Collectively, the pieces evidence a scholar armed with an unwavering commitment to critical analysis and social justice, while wielding a vast array of cultural and intellectual influences from his career as an artist. Given Keith’s legacy as a beloved mentor to scholars junior and senior and his record as selfless, abundantly generous, courageous, tireless, and creative, we pose the question in this introduction of whether it is possible for someone with all these values and virtues to even exist in academia.
Steven W. Bender & Ibrahim Gassama, Unbound by Law: Keith Aoki as Our Avatar, 90 OR. L. REV. 1189 (2012).