2018 Haggerty Scholars Program

Haggerty Scholars Applications – due Friday, April 27, 2018

Applications are now open for the FBA Oregon Chapter Ancer Haggerty Scholars Program.  The program offers current high school juniors an opportunity to explore their interests in law and civil rights.  Scholars selected for the program are recognized at the annual FBA Oregon Chapter dinner to kick off the program.  Program participants then meet with a local attorney mentor, visit one or more law offices (such as a law firm, government prosecutor, or defender’s office) during a week over the summer break, and attend law and civil rights events during the 2018-2019 school year.

For more information about Judge Haggerty’s career, please visit the U.S. District Court Historical Society website at https://usdchs.org/oral-histories/ancer-l-haggerty/.

Eligibility requirements: The Haggerty Scholars Program is for current high school juniors (graduating in 2019) with an interest in law and civil rights. Students must be willing to attend the annual FBA Oregon Chapter dinner on May 24, 2018, with a parent or teacher, meet with an attorney mentor on a regular basis, visit legal workplaces during July 23-27, 2018, and attend law and civil rights events during the 2018-2019 school year.

How to apply: Submit a completed application no later than April 27, 2018, to kristina_hellman@fd.org or Kristina Hellman, Office of the Federal Public Defender, 101 SW Main Street, Suite 1700 Portland OR 97204.   Applications are available here: Haggerty Scholars Application 2018-2019 Final.

2018 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest

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An essay and video contest open to high school students in the western United States and Pacific Islands.

Entries accepted beginning February 1, 2018. Deadline for entries is April 1, 2018.

CASH PRIZES for Winners of the Essay and Video Competitions:   

1st place: $2,000*   2nd place: $1,000   3rd place: $500

*Plus!  Travel and accommodations to attend the 2018 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference in Anaheim, California

Contest rules, entry instructions, and more information is available at:


The prompt for the 2018 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest is “What does equal protection mean to students?”.  Students should consider how the Equal Protection Clause applies in high schools, colleges, and graduate schools, whether in admissions, classrooms, or on the athletic fields.  Individual students can express their thoughts and ideas in an essay of between 500 and 1,000 words. Individuals and teams of up to three students can produce a 3-5 minute video on the theme. A student may submit both an essay and video. A student may submit only one essay and be involved in the production of only one video.

The essay or video should: 1) Demonstrate an understanding of the historical background of the Equal Protection Clause; 2) Explain the constitutional powers and rights relevant to the court cases and laws mentioned above; and 3) Discuss the important role of the Judicial Branch in preserving the rights of Americans to equal education.

The 2018 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest is open to high school students in nine western states and two Pacific island jurisdictions. Students from public, private, parochial and charter schools and home-schooled students of equivalent grade status may enter.

The U.S. District Court and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon are hosting a local contest to determine the top three state finalists in both the essay and video contests who will go on to compete for cash prizes in the circuit contest. To be eligible to compete in the local contest, students must reside in the state of Oregon. In addition to advancement to the circuit contest, local district winners will receive cash prizes and be invited to the award presentation at the FBA Annual Dinner in May 2018.

For more information about the local contest, please contact Judge Russo (541) 431-4125 / Jolie_Russo@ord.uscourts.gov or Judge Renn (541) 431-4050 / Tom_Renn@orb.uscourts.gov

Season Pass to FBA Portland Lunches

The slate of monthly lunches in Portland is as follows:

  • September 14, 2017 – Judge Michael H. Simon – Reflections on the Adversary System in Civil & Criminal Cases (Past).
  • October 19, 2017 – Assistant United States Attorney Katie de Villiers – Discussing Issues of Forfeiture in the Federal Courts (Past).
  • November 16, 2017 – Mat dos Santos – American Civil Liberties Union – Discussing Central Topics for the ACLU (Past).
  • January 18, 2018 – Chief Judge Michael W. Mosman – State of the Court Address.  Register HERE.
  • February 15, 2018 – Steven Wax – Oregon Innocence Project – Innocence Claims in Federal Courts
  • March 15, 2018 – Judge Anna Brown
  • April 19, 2018 – Judges Youlee Yim You & Stacie F. Beckerman
  • May 2018, Date TBD – Mystery Ninth Circuit Judge

All lunches are held @ noon at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse.  You can also register for individual lunches by watching for email announcements a few weeks prior to each lunch.