The Classroom Law Project Celebrates Jake Tanzer

The Classroom Law Project has chosen Jake Tanzer to receive the 2014 Jonathan U. Newman Legal Citizen of the Year Award.  In celebration of Mr. Tanzer, an award dinner will be held April 23, 2014 at The Governor Hotel.

For information on attending, please see the formal announcement.

To sign up, please visit

Governor Appoints Chris Garrett to Court of Appeals

On December 24, 2013, Governor Kitzhaber announced the appointment of Christopher L. Garrett to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Court of Appeals created by the retirement of the Honorable David Schuman.
Mr. Garrett received his Bachelor of Arts from Reed College and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School. After graduating from law school, he worked as an attorney with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dennis Jacobs of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit before returning to Oregon in 2002. Since his return, he has worked as a business litigator at Perkins Coie LLP with an emphasis in antitrust, employment, trade secret actions, and election and political law. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Garrett has served in the Oregon State House of Representatives since 2009. During his legislative service, Mr. Garrett has held a number of leadership roles including serving as Speaker Pro Tempore, Chair of the House Committee on Rules, Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Safety, Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Judiciary, Co-Chair of the House Committee on Redistricting, and as a member of the Joint Interim Committee on Justice System Revenues. In addition to his legislative service, Mr. Garrett has participated in a number of community and volunteer organizations including serving on the board of the Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger and as a volunteer with the Classroom Law Project.

A Note from the Chair

Eight years ago, the Appellate Practice Section’s Executive Committee published the first Oregon Appellate Almanac.  Then-Chair, Keith Garza, crafted a 323-page tome filled with wisdom and insight collected from Oregon’s most renowned appellate practitioners and judges.  Well, times have changed…
But hopefully not too much!  This year, the Executive Committee seeks to transform the Oregon Appellate Almanac into an online publication.  Like its six predecessors, Volume 7 of the almanac will serve appellate lawyers and judges by retaining key elements, such as case law summaries, court calendars, statistics, profiles, and articles that improve the practice of appellate law in Oregon.  The new format will foster efficient access to that valuable information.  The section will notify section members when new articles are published, and members can access the articles on the section’s website as soon as they become available.
On behalf of the Executive Committee, I hope that Oregon’s valued appellate practitioners and judges find the new format useful.  I also hope that the format will encourage section members to submit articles for this and future almanacs.  Thank you for bearing with us as we make this important transition.  And have an “Appealing” New Year!
If you wish to have an article published on the Appellate Practice Section website, or as part of the 2014 or future Appellate Almanacs, please contact the section’s current Chair.  Also, please visit the section’s website, which contains submission and publication guidelines to facilitate article editing and submission.