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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…

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    Welcome, Judge Karin J. Immergut

    The U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society extends its congratulations and welcome to former Multnomah County Judge Karin J. Immergut.  On July 31, 2019 she was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to fill the judicial seat formerly held by Senior Judge Anna J. Brown. The Oregonian noted that the Senate “conducted a voice vote in support of Immergut, who had the support of both Oregon senators.”  According to Ballotpedia.org, she received commission on August 5, 2019.

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    “They Got the Grant!”: Digitizing the Oregon Story

    The U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society is thrilled to learn that the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) was recently awarded a grant for an ambitious oral history digitization project. The grant request, “Digitizing the Oregon Story: Creating Access to Significant Legal and Political Oral Histories,” received $77,431. This Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) 2019 Grant is funded through the State Library of Oregon’s Library Support and Development Services. Because OHS serves as the repository for the legal and judicial oral histories conducted by USDCHS, our organization wrote a letter of ringing endorsement for the grant. The project will make available interviews originally recorded in obsolescent formats, including open…