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The U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society was created in 1984, following a picnic at the home of Hon. James M. Burns near the banks of the Willamette River. Our purpose is to preserve the unique history of the U.S. District Court of Oregon, established in 1859 with Matthew P. Deady serving as Oregon’s first district judge. Prior to statehood, Oregon’s territorial court was in operation beginning in 1849, following creation of the Oregon Territory in 1848. 

For more information about our history, see About Us


SUMMER PICNIC CELEBRATING PRO BONO SERVICE

The U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society is pleased to announce that we will be holding our annual summer picnic on Sunday, August 7, 2016, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.montage

This year’s picnic will celebrate pro bono service.

Please plan on joining us for an afternoon of food, entertainment, and socializing at Judge Leavy’s family farm. Circus fun provided by Echo Theater Company.

Sponsored by the District of Oregon’s Attorney Admissions
Fund, the Oregon Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the Pioneer Courthouse Historical Society, and the following law firms:

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The event is free, but we welcome donations.  RSVP by August 1 by clicking below or by calling Carra at (503) 326-8150.

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2016 Lifetime Service Award Recipients:
Jewel and Ron Lansing

The U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society is pleased to announce that Jewel and Ron Lansing are the 2016 Lifetime Service Award recipients.Lansings

Jewel Lansing, the first woman elected to office in Multnomah County and the fifth to serve as an elected Portland city official, has published several books on topics including women campaigning for office and the histories of Portland and Multnomah County.  Professor Ron Lansing has influenced thousands of lives in Oregon’s legal community, as a teacher, lawyer, and scholar.  Jewel and Ron will celebrate their sixtieth wedding anniversary in June.

Please plan on joining us at the Sentinel Hotel for an evening of celebration, entertainment, and socializing on Thursday, November 3, 2016, beginning at 5:30 p.m.  More information is available at our events page.