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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…

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    Wild Wild History: Key Players in the Rajneeshpuram Episode Come Together for Famous Cases Discussion

    By Douglas Pahl In 1981, the Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, his personal assistant Ma Anand Sheela, and their community of followers purchased the Big Muddy Ranch near the tiny Oregon town of Antelope. The ambitious experiment soon ignited great concern among the citizens of Antelope as well as among state and federal officials. The resulting legal and cultural controversies – many of them caused or exacerbated by supporters of the Bhagwan – played out in state and national media and in state and federal courtrooms.  Events spiraled from challenging to bizarre to quite dark, and the initially challenging issues of constitutional, voting rights, and land use law issues gave…

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    A Founding Friend: Clerk of the Court Robert M. Christ 1927 – 2019

    By Adair Law Robert M. Christ (rhymes with wrist), a lawyer, court administrator and lifelong Portland resident, died in his sleep May 31, 2019. He was at the founding of the U.S. District Court Historical Society in the summer of 1984 and became its first executive secretary. He served as Clerk of the Court 1971-90 and worked with four chief judges: Judges Robert Belloni, Otto Skopil, James Burns, and Owen Panner. Bob’s father Mladden Christ (1895-1965) emigrated from Macedonia in 1910 and the people of Bob’s mother Anna Zehiko (1900-85) came from the Ukraine via Edmonton, Canada to the United States. Mladden met Anna at a dance at St. Stanislaus…