Professor James O’Fallon of the University of Oregon School of Law remains actively involved in NCAA Governance. Professor O’Fallon has served as faculty athletic representative to the NCAA for the University of Oregon since 1989. In that role he serves as a member of the Council of the Pac12 Conference. He has served on the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and Financial Aid committees, and on the Division I Championships Cabinet.
In 2007, Professor O’Fallon helped launch the Competition Not Conflict (CNC) project at the University of Oregon School of Law Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center. This project was highly successful in developing an understanding of the intersection between athletics, law, and conflict management and providing key outreach and educational offerings.
Since 2009, Professor O’Fallon has served on the NCAA Committee on Infractions – composed of individuals from various NCAA member institutions. As part of the committee, Professor O’Fallon helps adjudicate charges brought against NCAA member schools accused of violating NCAA rules. The committee meets six times per year to participate in cases involving alleged violations by member institutions. Involvement in this committee is no easy task as NCAA legislation is quite complex.
Professor O’Fallon’s distinguished law career includes a clerkship with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, followed by teaching at Richmond and Detroit law schools and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at Harvard. His scholarly work, including articles on Marbury v. Madison and the Missouri Controversy, focuses on constitutional history and theory, and legal philosophy. His most recent work is Nature’s Justice: Writings of William O. Douglas (Oregon State University Press, 2000).