The US District Court of Oregon Historical Society notes with sadness the passing of Judge Michael H. Marcus. We hope you will avail yourself of the opportunity to read his oral history conducted April-December 2010.
Many thanks to Gosia Fonberg for coordinating the photography session that took place in January 2017. Keene Studio took the photos.
By Adair Law
Friends, family members, and colleagues gathered with Judge Robert E. Jones and his wife Pearl in his chambers in the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse to celebrate his 90th birthday on July 5, 2017. A full courtroom shared good wishes with Judge Jones, his wife Pearl and his staff while enjoying a large 90th birthday cake, sparkling cider, and other refreshments.
Attorney and guitar-playing balladeer Jonathan Hoffman regaled the crowd with verses on the life of Judge Jones. Below are some excerpts of his work:
Did you ever hear of Judge Robert E. Jones?
He knows evidence law, it’s deep in his bones.
He grew up in Portland, mostly stayed out of fights,
Aspired to Upper Multnomah County Jail Heights.
In court every day, and then after dark,
He went to teach classes at Lewis & Clark.
His classes on mortgages were truly sublime
They learned the Eighth Amendment at the same time.
We must tell the truth of his case of renown
The polygraph saga of State v. Brown
Which predated Daubert by ten years or more
And is found at 297 Or. 404.
By now we all know of Judge Robert E. Jones
A judge for whom justice resides in his bones.
Other folks’ praises should augment the din,
But Judge Jones says it’s hearsay and won’t let it in.
After the song, Judge Jones shared home movies taken by his father Howard Jones, an early adopter of the home motion picture camera. The movies showed young Bobby Jones as a cowboy, dentist, baseball player, and surgeon in skits with his brother and sister. On a more historical note, there was also film of the marriage of Robert E. Jones to Pearl Jensen. They celebrated their 69th anniversary in May.
With the completion of the home movies, the crowd shared good cheer and memories of working with Judge Jones. In honor of this auspicious birthday people brought cards, photographs and special memories of working with Judge Jones. Judge John Jelderks recalled that he had first met Judge Jones 50 years ago in the Navy reserve as his commanding officer. It was a wonderful afternoon to acknowledge a great creator and preserver of Oregon legal history. If you would like to find out more about Judge Jones, you can find his oral history here.
By Heather Van Meter
Oregon’s U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown will be honored with the 2017 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Ninth Circuit at the upcoming Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. The award is a high honor and recognizes a lawyer or judge “whose life and practice display sterling character and unquestioned integrity, coupled with ongoing dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession and the rule of law.”
Senior U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones, who has known Judge Brown her entire career, formally nominated her for the award, stating she is “the best of the best around here” and “loved and respected by everyone on this Court,” not to mention one of his “star students” in Evidence and Advocacy classes at Lewis & Clark Law School. Several supporting letters cited Judge Brown’s handling of the recent Malheur Wildlife Refuge criminal cases, but their overarching theme was Judge Brown’s career-long dedication to the highest standards of professionalism and unwavering commitment to the rule of law. For example, Senior Ninth Circuit Judge Edward Leavy said Judge Brown “has the special gift of contributing calm, dignity, and grace to every gathering”; U.S. Magistrate Judge Stacie F. Beckerman, who appeared before Judge Brown as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, noted Judge Brown was known to be “tough, but fair” and an inspiring trailblazer female lawyer and judge; and Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Cheryl Albrecht wrote that Judge Brown is “a shining example of someone who exemplifies unwavering integrity, persistent promotion of the value of the rule of law, and lifelong commitment to the utmost in professionalism and ethical legal practices.” In addition, Multnomah County’s newest Circuit Judge Xiomara Torres (who volunteered as a law-student intern in Judge Brown’s chambers) emphasized that Judge Brown “exemplifies professionalism in our legal community” by constantly encouraging and making time for law students, new lawyers and new judges like her.
The award will be presented to Judge Brown on July 17, 2017, during the Ninth Circuit’s Judicial Conference. Along with other American Inns of Court award recipients, Judge Brown will be honored at the U.S. Supreme Court this fall in a ceremony at which Justice Elena Kagan will preside.
The U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society is pleased to announce that Jeff Batchelor is the 2017 Lifetime Service Award recipient. Jeff, a 1972 graduate of Willamette Law School, has maintained a lively litigation practice in Portland spanning five decades and three law firms (Gearin, Landis & Aebi, Lane Powell PC, and Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf, P.C.). He is a past president of the Society (1998-99) and played a central role in increasing the distribution of the Society’s foray into publishing of The First Duty: A History of the U.S. District Court for Oregon by Carolyn Buan. Jeff is a renowned ADR practitioner and has been listed as an Oregon Super Lawyer from 2006 to the present.
Please join us at the Sentinel Hotel for an evening of celebration, entertainment, and socializing on Thursday, November 9, 2017, starting at 5:30 p.m.