United States District Court for the District of Oregon
The United States District Court for the District of Oregon is the United States district court whose jurisdiction comprises the state of Oregon. It was created in 1859 when the state was admitted to the Union. Appellate jurisdiction belongs to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Matthew Paul Deady served as its first judge.
Appeals are submitted to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown San Francisco at the James R. Browning Federal Courthouse. Initial appeals are heard by the Ninth Circuit at the Pioneer Federal Courthouse in Portland, OR.
Vacancy warning level
The United States District Court for the District of Oregon's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. The court currently has no vacancies.
The Pendleton Division holds court in the John F. Kilkenny United States Post Office and Courthouse, covering the counties of Baker, Crook, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa and Wheeler.
The Portland Division holds court in the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse, covering the counties of Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Hood River, Jefferson, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Wasco, Washington and Yamhill.Appeals are submitted to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals based in downtown San Francisco at the James R. Browning Federal Courthouse.
The District of Oregon has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.
|Federal Court Case Load Statistics*|
|Year||Starting case load:||Cases filed:||Total cases:||Cases terminated:||Remaining cases:||Median time(Criminal)**:||Median time(Civil)**:||3 Year Civil cases#:||Vacant posts:##||Trials/Post|
|*All statistics are taken from the Official Federal Courts' Website and reflect the calendar year through September. **Time in months from filing to completion.|
#This statistic includes cases which have been appealed in higher courts. ##This is the total number of months that any judicial posts had spent vacant that year.
The District of Oregon has six separate courthouses. Please consult the chart below for more information:
|Gus J. Solomon Courthouse||620 SW Main Street|
Portland, OR 97205-3037
|James A. Redden Federal Courthouse||310 West Sixth Street, Suite 302|
Medford, Oregon 97501-2710
|John F. Kilkenny U.S. Courthouse & Post Office||104 Southwest Dorion|
Pendleton, Oregon 97801-2124
|Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse||1000 Southwest Third Avenue, Suite 740|
Portland, Oregon 97204-2930
|Pioneer U.S. Courthouse||700 SW 6th Avenue|
Portland, OR 97204-1336
|Wayne L. Morse U.S. Courthouse||405 East Eighth Avenue, Suite 2100|
Eugene, Oregon 97401-2712
The state of Oregon was organized as one judicial district by Congress with one judicial post on March 3, 1859. Since the district court of Oregon was not assigned to a judicial circuit, it was given the same jurisdiction as the U.S. circuit courts, except in appeals and writs of error, which are the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.
On March 3, 1863, the circuit court jurisdiction of the Oregon district court was repealed. The United States District Court for the District of Oregon was established and assigned to the Tenth Circuit. On July 23, 1866, the District of Oregon was assigned over to the Ninth Circuit.
Over time 5 additional judicial posts were added for a total of 6 current posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the District of Oregon:
|March 3, 1859||11 Stat. 437||1|
|March 2, 1909||35 Stat. 686||2|
|August 3, 1949||63 Stat. 493||3|
|October 20, 1978||92 Stat. 1629||5|
|December 1, 1990||104 Stat. 5089||6|
| • Vatican employer case (2012) Judge(s):Michael Mosman|
*John V. Doe v. The Holy See, et al. Case No. CV 02-430-MO
|Judge Mosman presided over a case filed by a Catholic priest's alleged sexual assault victim who attempted to sue the Vatican for damages. Mosman ruled that the Vatican is not the employer of Catholic priests, rendering alleged victims unable to pursue claims for financial damages due to actions of the priests. Judge Michael Mosman handed down the ruling on August 20, 2012. 
The case, Doe v. See, has centered primarily on whether or not an employee-employer relationship exists between the Vatican and Father Andrew Ronan. The plaintiff, identified only as John V. Doe in court documents, alleged that Father Ronan raped him in the 1960s in Portland, Oregon. Ronan died in 1992, leaving Doe only able to pursue claims against The Holy See, the Diocese of Portland and Archdiocese of Chicago. The latter two cases were dismissed several years ago.
The case against the Holy See, however, proceeded. In 2006, Judge Mosman ruled that Doe’s case could proceed, but his attorneys would be required to prove that the Vatican was indeed Ronan’s employer. Mosman’s 2012 ruling ended Doe’s case. To read the full news article from Judgepedia, click here.
| • Workplace meetings law (2010) Judge(s):Michael Mosman|
*Associated Oregon Industries and Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America v. Brad Avakian and the Laborers' International Union of North America, Local No. 296 Case 3:09-cv-01494-MO
|Judge Mosman, on May 7, 2010, dismissed a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Associated Oregon Industries regarding a newly-enacted law in Oregon which prohibited employers from firing employees who refuse to attend meetings involving politics, religion and/or union topics. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce filed suit claiming the new law violated the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution on the principle of free speech. The judge dismissed the case because the U.S. Chamber could not provide sufficient evidence to prove that they suffered legal injury from the new law.|
Six separate courthouses serve the District of Oregon.
For new stories and other related material see Oregon judicial news.
- United States District Court for the District of Oregon Official Website
- United States Attorney for the District of Oregon Official Website
- Opinions of the District of Oregon
- U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society
- Offices of the United States Attorneys, Official list
- Court Clerk Information(Select the appropriate division for info and map)
- U.S. General Services Administration-Oregon Buildings
- FJC History of the District of Oregon
- National Public Radio "Judge: Vatican Did Not 'Employ' Abusive Priest" August 20, 2012
- Associated Press "In Vatican victory, judge rules priests are not employees in Oregon sex abuse case" August 20, 2012
- DFW Catholic.org "Federal judge demises abuse lawsuit against Vatican" August 21, 2012
- Ashland Daily Tidings "Judge dismisses Oregon workplace meetings lawsuit," May 10, 2010
|2.1 Active Judges|
|2.1.1 Article III judges|
|2.1.2 Pending appointments|
|2.1.3 Senior judges|
|2.2 Past judges|
|2.2.1 Former Chief judges|
|2.2.2 Former judges|
Article III judgesThe United States District Court for the District of Oregon has 6 posts. This is a list of the current judges on the court:
|Chief Judge Ann Aiken||1951||Salem, OR||Clinton||2/4/1998 - Present||2009 - Present||James Redden||U. of Oregon, B.S., 1974||U. of Oregon Law School, J.D., 1979|
|Judge Anna Brown||1952||Portland, OR||Clinton||10/26/1999 - Present||Malcolm Marsh||Portland State U., B.S., 1975||Lewis and Clark College, Northwestern School of Law, J.D., 1980|
|Judge Michael Mosman||1956||Eugene, OR||W. Bush||9/26/2003 - Present||Robert E. Jones||Utah State U., B.S., 1981||Brigham Young U., J. Reuben Clark Law School, J.D., 1984|
|Judge Michael McShane||1961||Pittsburgh, PA||Obama||5/20/2013 - Present||Michael Hogan||Gonzaga U., B.A., 1983||Lewis and Clark College Law, J.D., 1988|
|Judge Marco A. Hernandez||1957||Arizona||Obama||2/9/2011 - Present||Garr King||Western Oregon State College, B.A., 1983||U. of Washington School of Law, J.D., 1986|
|Judge Michael H. Simon||1956||New York, NY||Obama||6/22/2011 - Present||Ancer Haggerty||U. of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1978||Harvard Law School, J.D., 1981|
There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the District of Oregon.
Senior judgesSee: Federal judges on senior status
The United States District Court for the District of Oregon has 7 judges on senior status currently. This is a list of the current senior judges on the court:
|Senior Judge Ancer Haggerty||Clinton||3/28/1994 - 8/26/2009||2002 - 2009||8/26/2009 - Present||U. of Oregon, B.S., 1967||U. of California, Hastings College of Law, J.D., 1973|
|Senior Judge Garr King||Clinton||4/30/1998 - 1/30/2009||1/30/2009 - Present||U. of Utah||Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, LL.B., 1963|
|Senior Judge Michael Hogan||H.W. Bush||9/16/1991 - 9/24/2011||1995 - 2002||9/24/2011 - Present||U. of Oregon, B.A., 1968||Georgetown U. Law Center, J.D., 1971|
|Senior Judge Robert E. Jones||H.W. Bush||4/30/1990 - 5/1/2000||5/1/2000 - Present||U. of Hawaii, B.A., 1949||Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, LL.B., 1953|
|Senior Judge Owen Panner||Carter||2/20/1980 - 7/28/1992||1984 - 1990||7/28/1992 - Present||U. of Oklahoma, LL.B., 1949|
|Senior Judge James Redden||Carter||2/20/1980 - 3/13/1995||1990 - 1995||3/13/1995 - Present||Boston College Law School, LL.B., 1954|
|Senior Judge Malcolm Marsh||Reagan||3/24/1987 - 4/16/1998||4/16/1998 - Present||U. of Oregon, B.S., 1951||U. of Oregon Law School, LL.B., 1954|
|Magistrate Judge John Acosta||3/5/2008 - Present||San Diego State University B.A., 1979||U. of Oregon J.D., 1982|
|Magistrate Judge Mark Clarke||2/28/2007-Present||Southern Oregon University, B.S., 1980||University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., 1983|
|Magistrate Judge Dennis Hubel||1/1/1998-Present||Cornell University, B.S., 1969||Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College, J.D., 1976|
|Magistrate Judge John Jelderks||7/12/1991-Present||Willamette University, B.A||Willamette University College of Law, J.D.|
|Magistrate Judge Paul Papak||9/19/2005-Present||Princeton University, B.A., 1971||U. of Wisconsin, J.D., 1975|
|Magistrate Judge Janice Stewart||10/13/1993-Present||Stanford University A.B., 1972||U. of Chicago J.D., 1975|
|Magistrate Judge Patricia Sullivan||10/01/12-present||Loyola University-Chicago, B.A. degree in History, 1973||U. of Georgia School of Law, J.D. 1978|
|Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin||1992-Present||Harvard Law School, J.D., 1970|
Former Chief judges
|Gus Solomon||1958 - 1971|
|James Burns||1979 - 1984|
|Robert Belloni||1971 - 1976|
|Claude McColloch||1954 - 1958|
|Otto Skopil||1976 - 1979|
|James Redden||1990 - 1995|
|Owen Panner||1984 - 1990|
|Michael Hogan||1995 - 2002|
|Ancer Haggerty||2002 - 2009|
|James Alger Fee||1948 - 1954|
In order to qualify for the office of Chief Judge in one of the federal courts, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as Chief Judge. A vacancy in the office of Chief Judge is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The Chief Judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position. Unlike the Chief Justice of the United States, a Chief Judge returns to active service after the expiration of his or her term and does not create a vacancy on the bench by the fact of his or her promotion. See 28 U.S.C. § 45.
These rules for Chief Judges in the federal judiciary have been in effect since October 1, 1982. The office of Chief Judge was created in 1948. Until August 6, 1959, the position was filled in each federal court by the longest-serving judge who had not elected to retire on what has since 1958 been known as senior status or declined to serve as Chief Judge. From then until 1982 it was filled by the senior such judge who had not turned 70.
|Magistrate judges||John Acosta • Mark Clarke • Dennis Hubel • John Jelderks • Paul Papak • Janice Stewart • Patricia Sullivan • Thomas Coffin •|
|Former Article III judges||
James Alger Fee • Matthew Paul Deady • Charles Byron Bellinger • Charles Edwin Wolverton • Robert Sharp Bean • John Hugh McNary • Alfred Goodwin • Otto Skopil • Edward Leavy • Claude McColloch • Robert Belloni • James Burns • William East • Gus Solomon • Helen Frye • John Kilkenny •
|Former Chief judges|