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    Remembering Judge Dennis Hubel

      By Dan Thenell The U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society notes with great sadness the passing of U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis Hubel on September 16, 2019. We look forward to posting an extended article in the future based on his oral history. Denny, to his friends and Judge to me and my co-workers, was a trial lawyer’s judge.  He followed the law, he treated participants in the judicial system with intense fairness and was never unprepared. Judge Hubel was appointed as a part-time U.S. magistrate judge in 1995, while a partner at Karnopp Petersen in Bend, Oregon. He moved to Portland’s Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse when he assumed…

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    Song for Judge Anna J. Brown: Doing the Right Thing, the Right Way, for the Right Reasons

    Many thanks to Portland Attorney Jim Coon for composing this song (original music and lyrics) in honor of our 2019 USDCHS Lifetime Service Award recipient Judge Anna J. Brown.  I was standing on the corner, Southwest Main and Third AvenueThe light was red, but there was nobody comin’I wondered what should I do.I thought “Heck, this don’t take much nerve,” I took one step off the curb Then I looked up, and there stood Anna J. Brown. She was on the other side, waiting patientlyLooking at me over top of her glasses,You prob’ly know what I mean.Well I’m no fool, whatever else I lack,So I just smiled, took one step…

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    Welcome Judge Danielle J. Hunsaker

    The U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society extends its congratulations and welcome to Judge Danielle J. Hunsaker, a confirmed nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. She will join the court upon receiving her judicial commission and taking her judicial oath. She will fill the seat of Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, who has taken senior status.  On September 19, 2019, President Donald Trump nominated Hunsaker, the former presiding judge for Washington County Circuit Court, to a seat on the court. The U.S. Senate confirmed Hunsaker by a 73-17 vote on November 6, 2019.

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    U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis Hubel 1947-2019 The U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society notes with great sadness the sudden passing of U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis Hubel on September 16, 2019. Born in New York City in 1947, Dennis Hubel moved with his family to Oregon when he was three. A graduate of Portland’s Marshall High School, he pursued undergraduate and graduate studies in electrical and nuclear engineering at Cornell University and the University of Washington. After active duty in the Navy on nuclear submarines, Judge Hubel turned to the law and obtained his J.D. cum laude at Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in 1976. A…

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    It Was a Lovely Picnic

    Since 2002, the USDCHS has been fortunate to hold its annual August picnic at the family hop farm of Judge Edward Leavy. The farm was purchased in 1912 and was honored with Century Farm status earlier this decade. The theme for this year’s festivities was honoring the women majority justices on the Oregon Supreme Court, including past Justices and the Governors who appointed them. There are currently 10 states with women majority female supreme courts. Picnic tables are set up, chairs placed, and tabletops covered with paper by volunteer crews that can include aspiring teenage jugglers, USDCHS board members, and members of all levels of Oregon jurisprudence. Judge Leavy keeps…