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Meet Some of the Attorneys at DOJ

Amesbury, Susan | Carlson, Dee | Jackson, Scott | Joyce, Anna | Kamins, Jacqueline | Kron, Michael | Pyle, Don | Ryerson, Deena | Tucker Davis, Joanna | Weston, Sarah | Whang, Simon 

 

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Susan AmesburySusan Amesbury

Senior Assistant Attorney General, General Counsel
Government Services Section

EDUCATION:
University of California at Berkeley, A.B. magna cum laude 1993
University of Oregon School of Law, J.D. 1996

Susan Amesbury joined the Department in 1998 as an Honors Attorney. Susan is the primary legal advisor to the Oregon Youth Authority regarding all aspects of the juvenile justice system, including jurisdictional and records confidentiality issues and conditions of confinement. Susan's diverse practice also includes: advising the Oregon Department of Corrections on contracting for inmate food and treatment services; counseling the Secretary of State's Business Services Division on audits of executive agencies; and assisting the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission with drafting Oregon's statewide Sentencing Guidelines. Prior to joining the Department, Susan served as a law clerk to the Honorable Herbert Y. C. Choy of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Honolulu, and later as a law clerk to the Honorable Alan A. McDonald of the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. Susan is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

 

 

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Dee CarlsonDee Carlson

Senior Assistant Attorney General, General Counsel
Tax and Finance Section

EDUCATION:
Brigham Young University B.A. 1977
Harvard Law School, J.D. 1980

Dee Carlson joined the Department in February of 1989 after a number of years practicing business, product liability and health-related law with Stoel Rives, LLP in Portland. Initially, his work for the Department emphasized enforcement proceedings and general counsel work for various divisions within the Department of Consumer and Business Services. Now Dee predominantly focuses on finance, real estate and probate law. As the contact attorney for the Oregon Investment Council and the Investment Division of the State Treasury, Dee advises on divestiture in response to grievous acts committed by foreign nations, such as Sudan and Iran. A Salem native, Dee is actively involved in local sporting, charitable and community activities.

 

 

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Scott JacksonScott Jackson

Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Justice
District Attorney Assistance Section

EDUCATION:
University of Oregon, B.A. 1978
Willamette University College of Law, J.D. 1983

Scott came to the Department of Justice in 2002. Prior to that he was a Deputy District Attorney in Clackamas County for 18 years and has also been a Reserve Deputy with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. The District Attorney Assistance Program provides prosecutorial and investigative assistance in counties across Oregon. Scott's duties frequently take him to some of the most rural parts of the state to assist with the prosecution of complex aggravated murder cases.

 

 

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Anna JoyceAnna Joyce

Solicitor General, Appellate

EDUCATION:
University of Oregon, B.A. 1996
University of Oregon School of Law, J.D. Order of the Coif 2001

Anna Joyce joined the Department of Justice as an Honors Attorney after serving as a judicial clerk with the Honorable Rives Kistler on the Oregon Court of Appeals. After serving in DOJ's Appellate Division for seven years, Joyce was appointed Solicitor General in 2011. In addition to briefing cases in the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, Anna is a member of the Department's recruitment committee, supervises law clerks, manages the mandamus caseload, mentors new attorneys, helps oversee the hiring process for the Honors Attorney program, and devotes herself tirelessly to learning the proper rules of hyphenation.

 

 

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Jacqueline KaminsJacqueline Kamins

Assistant Attorney General, Trial
Special Litigation Unit

EDUCATION:
Columbia University, B.A. 1997
University of Virginia Law School, J.D. 2002

Prior to joining the Department of Justice in 2006, Jackie practiced at Sonnenschein Nath and Rosenthal, LLP in Washington D.C. She also clerked for Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw on the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and was Editor-in-Chief of the University of Virginia Law Weekly. She spent her first six years at DOJ litigating habeas corpus and civil rights cases in federal court. She now is a member of the Special Litigation Unit, representing the State in significant and complex cases in both state and federal court.  In addition to her legal practice, Jackie is also an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Law School.

 

 

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Michael KronMichael Kron

Assistant Attorney General, General Counsel
Administration Section

EDUCATION:
University of Oregon, B.A. magna cum laude 1998
New York University, M.A. 2001
Columbia University Law School, J.D. 2004

Michael Kron's work at the Department involves advising the State of Oregon on government transparency and public records issues. His other responsibilities include researching and drafting Attorney General Opinions and Chief Counsel Letters of Advice. At Columbia Law School, Michael was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and was awarded a Hamilton Fellowship. Michael also holds a masters degree in English Literature. Before coming to the Department, Michael practiced law in Juneau, Alaska, with a focus on education and civil defense. He was a regular contributor to the local public radio station in Juneau, offering analysis of court cases.

 

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Don PyleDon Pyle

Senior Assistant Attorney General, General Counsel
Natural Resources Section

EDUCATION:
Princeton University, A.B. magna cum laude 1972
Temple University School of Law, J.D. 1976
Lewis & Clark Law School, L.L.M.1999

Don Pyle joined the Department in 2008 after 32 years with the Portland firm Lane Powell, PC. A seasoned litigator, Don represented clients in a wide array of environmental and toxic tort lawsuits. Don is currently responsible for coordinating the State's legal interests in the Portland Harbor Superfund clean-up effort and claim for natural resource damages.

 

 

 

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Deena RyersonDeena Ryerson

Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Justice
DUII Resource Prosecutor

EDUCATION:
University of Portland, B.A. 1995
University of Oregon School of Law, J.D. 1998

Before coming to the Department, Deena Ryerson worked as a prosecutor at the Washington County District Attorney's office for six years. During that time, she prosecuted countless DUIIs, both alcohol and drug related, and began an outreach campaign to address substance abuse issues. In July 2006, Deena became Oregon's DUII Resource Prosecutor to assist district attorneys across the state. Deena recently aided in the prosecution of a Yamhill County man with four prior drunk-driving convictions who killed four people on their way home from a church event. The judge sentenced him to 43 years in prison.

 

 

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Joanna Tucker DavisJoanna Tucker Davis

Assistant Attorney General, General Counsel
Business Activities Section

EDUCATION:
Colgate University, B.A. magna cum laude 1993
Binghampton University, M.A. 1995
Harvard Law School, J.D. cum laude 1998

Joanna Tucker Davis began her legal career at the Manhattan District Attorney's office prosecuting crimes that ranged from violent felonies, domestic violence and child pornography cases. During her tenure, she was promoted to the specialized sex crimes unit. As a staff attorney at the National Crime Victims' Law Institute (NCVLI) at Lewis & Clark Law School, Joanna worked on emerging legal issues regarding crime victims' rights. An article she wrote for the NCVLI newsletter on the history of victims' rights was recently cited in an amicus curiae brief filed with the U. S. Supreme Court. Throughout her career, Joanna has been dedicated to working for the public interest on cutting-edge issues with collegial people. Joanna feels very lucky that in her work at the Business Activities Section, these professional intentions have been met in abundance.

 

 

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Sarah WestonSarah Weston

Assistant Attorney General, Trial
Special Litigation Unit

EDUCATION:
Middlebury College, B.A. 2003
Harvard Law School, J.D. 2008
Harvard School of Public Health, M.P.H 2008

Sarah Weston came to the Department of Justice through the Honors Attorney program in 2008. She spent her first year litigating juvenile dependency and termination of parental rights cases with the Child Advocacy Section, worked next in the Office of the Attorney General, and now is an attorney in the Special Litigation Unit. Prior to practicing law, Sarah was a research assistant in the field of public health, first working on a multi-state study examining pesticide exposure among migrant farm workers, and then spending two years working on international health policy projects at the Institute for Global Health in San Francisco. A native Oregonian, Sarah is delighted to be back in the Pacific Northwest after spending nine years living in Vermont, Chile, California, Massachusetts, and Washington D.C.

 

 

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Simon WhangSimon Whang

Assistant Attorney General, Civil Enforcement
Financial Fraud & Consumer Protection Section

EDUCATION:
Johns Hopkins University, B.A. 1992
New York University School of Law, J.D. 1999

In college, Simon Whang was president of the Johns Hopkins University debate team and a nationally-ranked debater, a source of both pride and embarrassment. Simon started his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan. He moved back to Oregon in 2003, prosecuting property and financial crimes at the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office. Simon continued prosecuting securities and investment fraud for the State Division of Finance and Corporate Securities, until he joined Department of Justice in 2008. He enjoys working at the Financial Fraud and Consumer Protection Section, where he specializes in mortgage and foreclosure fraud cases.

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