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    U.S. Magistrate Judge Mustafa T. Kasubhai: “The friend and mentor I needed”

    By Gabriela Sanchez Former Lane County Circuit Judge Kasubhai was appointed U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Oregon in September 2018.  Oregon Benchmarks is grateful to Ms. Sanchez for writing about her work and friendship with Judge Kasubhai. After 15 years in practice and three firms, the framed Ansel Adams photos that Mustafa T. Kasubhai gave me still hang in my office at Lane Powell PC. They remind me how Mustafa helped shape me as a lawyer during my formative years.  His lessons have served me well. I walked into the law offices of Mustafa T. Kasubhai looking for a job as a summer clerk in 2001. Back then,…

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    Judge Garr M. King (1936-2019)

    The USDCHS is saddened to learn of the death of Judge Garr M. King, 83.  He passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife and family in Portland on February 5, 2019.  For more information about Judge King, please take a look at his oral history, or peruse this 2009 article from Oregon Benchmarks.

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    Judge Owen M. Panner Passes Away (1924-2018)

    The USDCHS is saddened to hear of the death of a longtime and true friend, Judge Owen M. Panner in Medford, Oregon on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.  For more information about Judge Panner, please take a look at his oral history, or look at pp. 10-13 of this 2008 Oregon Benchmarks. In 1983, Judge Owen M. Panner he took part in the first organizational meeting for the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society at the home of Judge James Burns. Judge Panner succeeded Judge Burns as chair of the Society and the Society was fortunate to enjoy his time, intelligence, and good humor over the decades. Judge Panner and…

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    Oregon Bankruptcy Court: From 1978 to the Present

    by Stephen Raher The Fall 1999 issue of Oregon Benchmarks featured an informative overview of Oregon’s bankruptcy system through 1978, a year of unprecedented structural change in the bankruptcy world.  With this summer’s USDCHS picnic honoring bankruptcy practitioners, it’s time to catch up on developments since the enactment of the Bankruptcy Code in 1978. Although the first lasting bankruptcy legislation was passed in 1898, specialized bankruptcy judges or adjudicators were not recognized on a national scale until the Chandler Act of 1938.  Under the Chandler Act, district court judges were able to appoint bankruptcy “referees” to oversee both administrative and adjudicative aspects of bankruptcy cases.  In 1973, when the Federal Rules…

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    Department of Homage: Wendy Koble and Volunteer Transcribers

    By Janice Dilg Our initial email exchange occurred in December 2011. On February 20, 2018, my email inbox contained a missive from Wendy Koble with a subject line of “Judge Lent Finished!!”. Wendy Koble is the Judicial Assistant to Senior Judge Owen M. Panner, a post she’s held for six years. Before that she worked in the James A. Redden Courthouse clerk’s office from 1997-2009 until her retirement. Claiming to have “flunked retirement,” she welcomed the opportunity to return to the courthouse as Judge Panner’s JA in 2011. Judge Panner’s previous JA, Margaret Hunt, had created a digital word document from the paper-only version of Judge John Kilkenny’s oral history…