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United States District Court for the District of Oregon

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District of Oregon
Ninth Circuit
Judges: 6
Posts: 6
Vacancies: 0
Active judges
Chief: Ann Aiken
Senior Judges
Magistrate Judges
Former Judges
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
More than 40%

The United States District Court for the District of Oregon is one of ninety-four United States district courts. The district operates out of courthouses in Portland, Eugene, Medford and Pendleton, Ore. It was created in 1859, when the state was admitted to the union. 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, Oregon

The United States Attorney for the District of Oregon represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is S. Amanda Marshall.[1]

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the District of Oregon's vacancy warning level is green. The court currently has no vacancies.

Pending nominations

There are no pending nominations for the United States District Court for the District of Oregon.

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Chief Judge Ann Aiken1951Salem, ORClinton 2/4/1998 - Present2009 - PresentJames ReddenUniversity of Oregon, B.S., 1974University of Oregon Law School, J.D., 1979
Judge Anna Brown1952Portland, OR 10/26/1999-PresentMalcolm MarshPortland State University, 1975Lewis and Clark College, Northwestern School of Law, 1980
Judge Michael Mosman1956Eugene, ORW. Bush 9/26/2003-PresentRobert E. JonesUtah State University, 1981Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, 1984
Judge Michael McShane1961Pittsburgh, PAObama 5/20/2013-PresentMichael HoganGonzaga U., 1983Lewis and Clark College Law, 1988
Judge Marco A. Hernandez1957Obama 2/9/2011-PresentGarr KingWestern Oregon State College, 1983University of Washington School of Law, 1986
Judge Michael H. Simon1956New York, NYObama 6/22/2011 - PresentAncer HaggertyUniversity of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1978Harvard Law School, J.D., 1981

Active Article III judges by appointing political party

This graph displays the percent of active judges by the party of the appointing president and does not reflect how a judge may rule on specific cases or their own political preferences.


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Garr KingClinton 4/30/1998 - 1/30/20091/30/2009 - PresentUniversity of UtahNorthwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, LL.B., 1963
Senior judge Robert E. JonesH.W. Bush 4/30/1990-5/1/20005/1/2000-PresentUniversity of Hawaii, 1949Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, 1953
Senior Judge Owen PannerCarter 2/20/1980 - 7/28/19921984 - 19907/28/1992 - PresentUniversity of Oklahoma, LL.B., 1949
Senior Judge James ReddenCarter 2/20/1980 - 3/13/19951990 - 19953/13/1995 - PresentBoston College Law School, LL.B., 1954
Senior Judge Malcolm MarshReagan 3/24/1987 - 4/16/19984/16/1998 - PresentUniversity of Oregon, B.S., 1951University of Oregon Law School, LL.B., 1954

Senior judges by appointing political party

This graph displays the percent of senior judges by the party of the appointing president and does not reflect how a judge may rule on specific cases or their own political preferences.


Magistrate judges

Magistrate Judge John Acosta3/5/2008 - PresentSan Diego State University B.A., 1979University of Oregon J.D., 1982
Magistrate judge Mark Clarke2/28/2007-2/28/2023Southern Oregon University, 1980University of Oregon School of Law, 1983
Magistrate Judge Dennis Hubel1/1/1998-PresentCornell University, B.S., 1969Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College, J.D., 1976
Magistrate Judge John Jelderks7/12/1991-PresentWillamette University, B.AWillamette University College of Law, J.D.
Magistrate Judge Paul Papak9/19/2005-PresentPrinceton University, B.A., 1971University of Wisconsin, J.D., 1975
Magistrate Judge Janice Stewart10/13/1993-PresentStanford University A.B., 1972University of Chicago J.D., 1975
Magistrate Judge Patricia Sullivan10/01/12-presentLoyola University-Chicago, B.A. degree in History, 1973University of Georgia School of Law, J.D. 1978
Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin1992-PresentHarvard Law School, J.D., 1970


The Counties of Oregon (click for larger map)

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.

The jurisdiction of the District of Oregon consists of all the counties in the state of Oregon. These counties are split into subdivisions, consisting of the following counties:

The Eugene Division holds court in the Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse, covering the counties of Benton, Coos, Deschutes, Douglas, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Marion.

The Medford Division holds court in the James A. Redden United States Courthouse, covering the counties of Curry, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake.

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.




Federal Court Caseload Statistics*
YearStarting case load:Cases filed:Total cases:Cases terminated:Remaining cases:Median time(Criminal)**:Median time(Civil)**:3 Year Civil cases#:Vacant posts:## Trials/Post
2013 3081337264533353 310010.810.6108 (4.6%)7.613
2012 3092346165533468 30859.910.8110 (4.9%)1219
2011 3207342466313486 31459.910.9106 (4.6%)1315
2010 3107343265393206 33331010.9111 (4.6%)2417
2009 3341316465053229 327611.411.1103 (4.5%)9.111
2008 3385348168663498 336811.810.4119 (5%)016
20073032358366153377323811.410.191 (3.6%)022
*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.

Notable cases

For a searchable list of opinions, please see Rulings for the District of Oregon or Dockets and Filings.


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 five additional judicial posts were added for a total of six current posts.[6]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the District of Oregon:[6]

Year Statute Total Seats
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

Former chief judges

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.[7][8]

Former judges

For more information on the judges of the District of Oregon, see former federal judges of the District of Oregon.

Federal courthouse

Six separate courthouses serve the District of Oregon.

See also

External links