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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the District of Oregon|
|Alternative court:||United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court|
|Alternative term:||5/4/2013 - 5/03/2020|
|Appointed by:||George W. Bush|
|Active:||9/26/2003 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Robert E. Jones|
|Undergraduate:||Utah State U., B.S., 1981|
|Law School:||Brigham Young U., J. Reuben Clark Law School, J.D., 1984|
Michael Mosman is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. He joined the court in 2003 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.
Early life and education
Mosman received an associate's degree from Ricks College in 1979 and a bachelor's degree from Utah State University in 1981. He received his J.D. from J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1984.
- 2001-2008: United States Attorney for the District of Oregon
- Nominated by President George W. Bush
- 1988-2001: Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon
- 1986-1988: Attorney, private practice
- 1985-1986: Law clerk for Associate Justice Lewis Powell
- 1985: Attorney, private practice
- 1984-1985: Law clerk for Judge Malcolm Wilkey
District of Oregon
Mosman was nominated by President George W. Bush on May 8, 2003 to a seat vacated by Robert Jones as Jones assumed senior status. Mosman was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 25, 2003 on a unopposed vote and received commission on September 26, 2003.
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
Mosman was appointed to the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on May 4, 2013 to a term that expires in 2020.
Vatican employer case (2012)
*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 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 in the last remaining major U.S. sex abuse case against the Holy See. Cases filed against the Vatican in Kentucky and Wisconsin were dropped in recent previous years.
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, however, ended Doe’s case. Instead of an employer-employee relationship, Mosman found that the relationship was more akin to that of the Oregon State Bar. The Bar has control over attorneys through sanctions and the ability to disbar one, but it is unable to fire an attorney. The Vatican’s relationship to its priests was found to be similar.
The case, Doe v. See, has centered primarily on whether or not an employee-employer relationship exists between the Vatican and Fr. Andrew Ronan. The plaintiff, identified only as John V. Doe in court documents, alleged that Fr. Ronan raped 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.
Workplace meetings law (2010)
*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.
- Judge Mosman's Biography at the Federal Judicial Center
- "THOMAS" Conifrmation of Michael Mosman, February 9, 2009
- Security News, "Judge Mosman Named to Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court," May 9, 2013
- 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
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