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    On Liberty, During a Pandemic

    By U.S. Magistrate Judge Stacie F. Beckerman I enter the courtroom and sit behind the bench in silence, without the ceremonial “all rise.” Instead of greeting the defendant, defense lawyer, prosecutor, and a small crowd of onlookers in the gallery, I sit alone and turn on my computer. On the monitor, the split-screen captures video feeds from all over the state: an individual in custody in federal prison, a defense lawyer sitting at his kitchen table, the prosecutor sitting in her home office, a court reporter, an interpreter, and me, seated and robed at my courtroom bench, positioned in front of our federal court seal. Court is in session. Thanks to…

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    Arlene Schnitzer (1929-2020)

    We at the U.S. District Court of Oregon are sad this week. After learning of the loss of Judge James A. Redden on March 31, it is with heavy hearts that we pass along news that our former USDCHS Board member, 2012 Lifetime Service Award recipient, and philanthropist Arlene Schnitzer passed away April 4, 2020.  She was first person outside the legal profession to receive the Society’s Lifetime Service Award.  We hope you will take the opportunity to find out more about a woman who was so important to our organization. (Article starts on p. 4).   In particular, we take note of two excerpts from the article. “When asked…

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    Judge James A. Redden (1929-2020)

    We note with great sadness and profound respect the passing Senior U.S. District Judge James A. Redden. He passed away peacefully on March 31, 2020, age 91. According to the family, a public service will be held after restrictions on gatherings are lifted. We would like to direct your attention to this remembrance from U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas, Judge Redden’s oral history conducted by Michael O’Rourke, and these excellent articles by Michele Friedman on pp. 8-9 and Justin Thorp.    

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    A Welcome from Some Senior Judges

      At Judge Karin Immergut’s December 2019 investiture, Senior Judge Anna Brown managed to catch a quick shot of our three most senior judges, Judges Robert E. Jones, Malcolm Marsh, and Ed Leavy, all in their 90s! Judge Jones noted that between the three, they represent over 150 years of judicial service, more than 100 of those years serving the federal courts in Oregon. We honor their service, as they gathered to welcome the newest member to the bench.

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    Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain: From Politics to Judgment

      By Ryan Bounds This article is based on an oral history conducted by Michael O’Rourke with Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain (June 2008-April 2010) as well as the author’s conversations with Judge O’Scannlain. The oral history is on file with the Oregon Historical Society on behalf of the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society. Its transcript for his oral history can be found at https://digitalcollections.ohs.org/oral-history-interview-with-diarmuid-oscannlain-by-michael-orourke-transcript It was late September 2016. The presidential election contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton had kicked into high gear and seemed to be tightening (though Secretary Clinton would remain the odds-on favorite to the end). Then Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, a 30-year veteran of…