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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…

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    The Investiture of U.S. District Judge Karin J. Immergut

      By U.S. Magistrate Judge Stacie F. Beckerman On December 17, 2019, the District of Oregon welcomed U.S. District Judge Karin J. Immergut to the federal bench at her formal investiture in the ceremonial courtroom of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse. Prior to the ceremony, a processional of more than sixty judges from Oregon’s federal and state benches entered the courtroom and sat together. Jacob Yerke, Judge Immergut’s courtroom deputy, opened court, and then-Chief U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman welcomed the standing room only crowd. Former Oregon Attorney General, Supreme Court Justice, and Governor Ted Kulongoski (who appointed Judge Immergut to the state bench in 2009) shared remarks.…

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    Judge Anna J. Brown: “Fundamentally inclined toward solving problems” –Lifetime Service Award 2019

      By Adair Law The U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society is pleased to honor Judge Anna J. Brown with its 2019 Lifetime Service Award. This article is based on research, interviews, and conversations with Judge Brown, her colleagues, and friends. All photos are courtesy of Judge Brown unless noted. Like millions of people displaced by World War II, Judge Anna J. Brown’s parents, Adalbert and Margarete Jaeger, sought a new life in America. On February 7, 1952, Adalbert’s 43rd birthday, he and Margarete, with their daughters Irmgard (7) and Rita (3) and Adalbert’s older brother, Franz Jaeger, boarded the SS Homeland in Hamburg, Germany en route to Portland,…

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    History, Hospitality, and Hops

      By Carra Sahler For the 17th year—yes, you read that right—Judge Ed Leavy and his family hosted our Annual Picnic at their beautiful, unique, and quintessentially Oregon hop farm. In a moving and emotionally-wrought welcome to his family’s Century Farm, Judge Leavy commented that his parents would be proud to see the state’s leaders and thinkers enjoying their property—a place graced by large oak trees and a wide, green lawn. Judge Leavy told the gathering that he was born a mile down the road, the youngest of ten children, and the first in his family to go to college. He thought his mother, in particular, who attended school only…