James Olmsted’s teaching duties have been reassigned following altercation with students

James Olmsted,@@checked@@ the adjunct law instructor who was caught on video taking a student’s phone and putting it in his pocket during an altercation in the EMU amphitheater, has had his teaching duties reassigned as of Friday, according to an official release by the University of Oregon. Adell Amos@@directory@@ will take over Olmsted’s courses.

Olmsted taught land trust and conservation easement law courses. His LinkedIn profile, which has since been upgraded to block non-paying users, states that he instructed second- and third-year and masters students in the School of Law’s environmental and natural resources department.

“This is a personnel decision and we are unable to discuss the details of the situation at this time,” the release states.

The altercation occurred during a mock border check-in exercise organized by Students Against Imperialism.

Olmsted describes himself as “nationally recognized conservation easement attorney representing land trusts, landowners and developers” in his LinkedIn profile. He has spent the last 10 years working as a conservation easement, land use and zoning attorney in addition to his duties as a UO instructor and worked as a land use and zoning attorney in Lake Tahoe, Calif., previously.


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Eder is the Emerald's director of audience engagement. His work has appeared in The Oregonian, The Statesman Journal and the News-Register in McMinnville. He was also a founding member of the University of Oregon's competitive Pokémon league.