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    Judge Owen Panner and the Warm Springs Tribe

    by Dennis C. Karnopp Dennis C. Karnopp is a retired partner in the Karnopp Petersen law firm, which is the successor to the firm founded by Owen Panner in 1950.  From 1967 until his retirement in 2017, Mr. Karnopp worked with and succeeded Judge Panner as Warm Springs Tribal Attorney The late Judge Owen Panner’s career in private practice is best known for his long and successful representation of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon.  His relationship with the Tribe began shortly after he moved to Bend from Oklahoma in 1949. Before Owen could take the Oregon bar and practice law, he was a car salesman,…

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    From Whizbang to the Federal Bench and the “Best Saddle in the Arena”: Celebrating the Remarkable Life of Judge Owen M. Panner (July 28,1924– December 20, 2018)

    By U.S. Senior District Judge Anna J. Brown and U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark D. Clarke The remarkable life of U.S. Senior District Judge Owen Murphy Panner was celebrated on June 1, 2019, at the Panners’ horse arena in Medford, Oregon, under sunny skies illuminating a verdant vineyard, lush pastures, and a snow-capped Mount McLoughlin. As guests took their seats, the District Court’s own Rick Galarneau and Houston Bolles shared their considerable talents from a flat-bed truck stage to provide musical background that Judge Panner would have loved. They opened the celebration by leading everyone in “America the Beautiful.” On behalf of Nancy Panner and all of Judge Panner’s family, U.S.…

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    Remembering Judge Garr M. King: “Unquestionably and Eminently Qualified”

    By Carra Sahler When I try to conjure up an image that captures what it is to have “good judicial temperament” it is Judge Garr M. King who comes to mind. A man who embodied kindness and thoughtfulness, he was decisive, fair, diligent, and empathetic as well. I had the pleasure and joy of working for Judge King for 12 years, nearly two-thirds of his service on the federal bench. His service started with his appointment by President Clinton in 1998 and ended with his death on February 5, 2019. Those who knew him called him Mike—asking for Garr on the phone marked the caller as a stranger. But to…

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    A Double Portrait Unveiling and Honoring the Society’s Longtime Historian

    By Adair Law There was warm weather and warmth of feeling in evidence when family and friends gathered in Courtroom 9A of the Hatfield Courthouse on May 13, 2019 to unveil portraits of U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Papak and U.S. District Judge Anna Brown, as well as to honor the work of historian Janice Dilg. Under the gaze (via separate portraits) of U.S. District Judges James Redden and the late Garr King, USDCHS President Julie Engbloom welcomed a packed courtroom. Kerry Tymchuk, Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society, introduced Janice Dilg. He reminded the crowd, that, in the words of historian and writer David McCullough, “History is who we…

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    Barnes H. Ellis “The role of a lawyer is to be a good citizen”

    Lifetime Service Award 2018  By Adair Law The U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society is pleased to honor Barnes H. Ellis with its  Lifetime Service Award. This article is based on research, interviews, and conversations with Barnes and his colleagues. A briefer version of this article appears in the paper Oregon Benchmarks Fall 2018 Winter 2019. Learning about the full, varied life of Barnes Ellis is like going to a large, happily provisioned picnic.  A big group of able cooks have filled several picnic tables to overflowing. Appetites are sharpened and curious for what will be served. A guest senses a certain enjoyment in the hard work that made…