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    White House Appoints U.S. Attorney Natalie Wight to Serve the District of Oregon

      By Hon. Stacie F. Beckerman, U.S. Magistrate Judge On September 8, 2022, the U.S. Senate confirmed the White House’s appointment of Natalie Wight as the District of Oregon’s new U.S. Attorney. Chief U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez administered the oath of office to Wight at the U.S. Courthouse surrounded by her colleagues. Wight replaced U.S. Attorney Scott Asphaug, who served in an acting and interim role after former U.S. Attorney Billy Williams resigned in 2021. Wight has served as an attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice since 2003. She has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) in the District of Oregon since 2012, working in both the Criminal…

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    Oral History: “As many different perspectives as possible”

    By Joseph Carlisle The Oral History Committee of the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society embraced another busy and successful year in 2021. Grappling with the challenges of the continuing pandemic, we learned to work through remote means. Special thanks to recent Oral History Committee member Crystal Chase. Our success in 2021 would not have been possible without her contributions. Thanks to the continued generous support of the Attorney Admissions Fund and with the help of Libby Provost at Historical Research Associates, as well as oral historians Greta Wisniewski, Makaela Kroin, and Janice Dilg, we worked on a total of six oral histories. Some oral histories have been in…

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    Roswell Lamson, Naval Hero and Clerk of the Court: “The People of Oregon Feel Proud to Call You Their Son”

    By Richard Botteri When Roswell Lamson was appointed clerk of Oregon’s federal district court in 1877, he had already lived a life story deeply engrained with the state’s and nation’s history. The Oregon Trail. Indian wars. Slavery and secession. The first Oregonian to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy. The Civil War. Recognizing him as one of its best officers in that struggle, the navy named three destroyers for him in the twentieth century. An extraordinary life, largely forgotten now. History, however, is never settled. We study it to confirm the stories we already know, and to uncover the necessary stories yet to be told. Lamson’s story is one of…

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    Judge Teresa Pearson Joins the Bankruptcy Bench

    On October 4, 2021, Teresa Pearson was sworn in as the newest bankruptcy judge for the District of Oregon.  Judge Pearson succeeds Judge Trish M. Brown. Judge Brown swore in her successor in a short ceremony in Courtroom 2 at the Bankruptcy Court in Portland.  The event was broadcast on Zoom for chambers and court employees working remotely. Judge Trish M. Brown retired on October 2 and is now on recall. Judge Pearson is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and received  a Juris Doctor, with honors, from Duke University School of Law.  She became a partner at Miller, Nash, Graham & Dunn LLP (formerly…

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    Professor Ron Lansing (1932-2021)

    We note with sadness and respect that Lewis & Clark College Law Emeritus Professor and USDCHS 2016 Lifetime Service Award recipient passed away on May 28, 2021. Professor Lansing taught at Lewis & Clark Law School 1967-2008, focusing on Torts and Evidence. Former USDCHS board member Stephen Raher notes, “I had many outstanding teachers in law school, but Prof. Lansing was unique in that he lived and breathed a commitment to the entire intellectual and pedagogical experience of law school as an institution.  In some ways he embodied Lewis & Clark Law School more than any other faculty member—it is no coincidence that he carried the ceremonial mace at every…