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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

The US District Court of Oregon Historical Society


Famous Cases: Muller v. Oregon (1908)
CLE featuring Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and Justice Jack Landau (ret.)

Thursday, June 28, 2018
Program 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Reception 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Offices of Perkins Coie, LLP
1120 NE Couch St., 10th Floor, Portland, OR

CLE and Reception: Two-hour program concerning Oregon’s 1903 statute limiting work hours for women, and the legacy of Muller v. Oregon, 208 U.S. 412 (1908).  Panel discussion on regulation of the workplace and the evolving role of social science in appellate review.  The program will be moderated by Oregon Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum.  Panelists are: retired Oregon Supreme Court Justice Jack L. Landau, University of Oregon Professor Alison Gash, and Portland State University Professor David Horowitz.


Cost is $50 per person for non-members, of $15 for USDCHS members.  All proceeds to benefit U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society’s programs.  Space is limited to 50 participants.

Registration includes electronic course materials, CLE credit, and admission to hosted reception.

Questions?  Contact Doug Pahl at (503) 727-2087 or dpahl@perkinscoie.com.


Sunday, August 5


the Bankruptcy Bench & Bar

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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 5, 2018, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
This year’s picnic theme is bankruptcy practitioners, with a focus on honoring the pro bono bankruptcy clinic that is currently operated as a joint project of the Oregon State Bar Debtor-Creditor Section and Legal Aid Services of Oregon. If you are a bankruptcy lawyer, paralegal, trustee, or judge, we want to celebrate you!

Please plan on joining us for an afternoon of food, entertainment, and socializing at Judge Leavy’s family farm.

The event is free, but we welcome donations.  RSVP by July 30 by clicking the blue button above or by calling Joan at (503) 326-8362.

Sponsored by the U.S. District Court Attorney Admissions Fund, the Queen’s Bench (Portland Chapter of OWLS), the Pioneer Courthouse Historical Society, and the following firms:
2018 Picnic Collage
                Underdog Lawyer LogoKelly Jones logo
Vanden logo  Klarquist logo 2018
  Parker_Butte  Lane PowellTonkon Torp logo 2018
Perkins logo 2018  Miller Nash logo 2018