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    Judge Teresa Pearson Joins the Bankruptcy Bench

    On October 4, 2021, Teresa Pearson was sworn in as the newest bankruptcy judge for the District of Oregon.  Judge Pearson succeeds Judge Trish M. Brown. Judge Brown swore in her successor in a short ceremony in Courtroom 2 at the Bankruptcy Court in Portland.  The event was broadcast on Zoom for chambers and court employees working remotely. Judge Trish M. Brown retired on October 2 and is now on recall. Judge Pearson is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and received  a Juris Doctor, with honors, from Duke University School of Law.  She became a partner at Miller, Nash, Graham & Dunn LLP (formerly…

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    Professor Ron Lansing (1932-2021)

    We note with sadness and respect that Lewis & Clark College Law Emeritus Professor and USDCHS 2016 Lifetime Service Award recipient passed away on May 28, 2021. Professor Lansing taught at Lewis & Clark Law School 1967-2008, focusing on Torts and Evidence. Former USDCHS board member Stephen Raher notes, “I had many outstanding teachers in law school, but Prof. Lansing was unique in that he lived and breathed a commitment to the entire intellectual and pedagogical experience of law school as an institution.  In some ways he embodied Lewis & Clark Law School more than any other faculty member—it is no coincidence that he carried the ceremonial mace at every…

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    Billy J. Williams: A U.S. Attorney’s Tenure Like No Other

    By Scott Bradford During the early weeks of March 2015, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams received a phone call from Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General during the majority of President Barack Obama’s administration. The incumbent U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon Amanda Marshall had decided to step away from her duties. Attorney General Holder said to Williams, “You’re now the U.S. Attorney.” As Acting (and later the Senate-confirmed) U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, Williams faced unprecedented challenges, starting with the need to right and steady an office roiled by U.S. Attorney Marshall’s resignation. It is likely not a path Williams thought about for himself when…

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    Moving Pictures: Digitizing Our Collection

      By Adair Law Since the 1980s the USDCHS has recorded various ceremonial (and often jovial) aspects of the life of the court for the District of Oregon. Our archives contain recordings made in a variety of different formats between the late 1980s to the present. Among the recordings are investitures, portrait unveilings, retirement parties, and memorial services. We are grateful to the courtroom technologists who made these recordings over the years, and especially to Houston Bolles, the videographer behind the camera for most of these particular recordings. With the financial support of the Attorney Admissions Fund, the vision of our president and board, and the wrangling/administrative skills of USDCHS…

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    U.S. Marshal Reginald Madsen: Behind the Scenes Yet Ever Present

      By Adair Law U.S. Marshal Reginald Madsen (1940-2021), who served the U.S. District Court in that capacity from 1994 to 2001, recently passed away in Island City, Oregon. Known by most as Reg, Mr. Madsen was born in Keshena, Wisconsin on the Menominee Indian Reservation. He served in the U.S. Navy, received a degree from Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, and later attended the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He began his career in law enforcement as a police officer in the Vancouver Police Department. He went on to serve the Oregon State Police. He capped off the last three years of his service (1968-93) there as superintendent. After…