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RUSSIAN LEGAL DELEGATION VISITS TO LEARN ABOUT OREGON'S JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM

September 12, 2008

Five Russian legal professionals will spend September 13 - 20 in Portland, Salem and Eugene examining the Oregon juvenile justice system as part of the Open World exchange program.

Managed by the Open World Leadership Center, Open World is the only exchange program in the U.S. legislative branch, and its eight-year-old rule of law program is the largest U.S.-Russia judicial exchange. Participants get an inside look at the U.S. judicial system and develop ties with the U.S. judges and lawyers who host them. They also gain insight into how the U.S. political system promotes and protects judicial independence and the rule of law.

In Portland the delegation will meet representatives from the various participants in the juvenile justice system in Multnomah County including judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, treatment providers, probation officers, detention officials and others at a quarterly meeting of Juvenile Justice Council (JJC) on Monday, September 15 at 12:00 pm. The press is invited. Lunch at City Hall is planned for Tuesday, September 16. Those in attendance will include Multnomah County District Attorney Michael Schrunk, Director of the Public Defender's Office Lane Borg, judges, as well as representatives of city and county government in Portland. They will also tour the Residential Alcohol and Drug Treatment program at the Juvenile Court and the Juvenile Detention facility with follow-up discussion of treating juvenile offenders.

In Salem, the group will observe oral arguments in the case of State v. Kermit Eugene Southard at the Oregon Supreme Court and observe delinquency court hearings followed by a question and answer session at Juvenile Court. The guests will also be honored at a reception hosted by Willamette Law School on Tuesday, September 16 at 4:00 pm with the members of the Oregon Supreme Court and the Oregon Court of Appeals, others members of the legal community who are part of the program this year and those who have been involved in the partnership in the past.

Eugene's legal community is planning to have the delegation visit Relief Nursery and Juvenile Court and observe RAP (Recovery and Progress) court staffing and a court session.

The visiting delegates are Hon. Lyubov Anatolyevna Besschasnaya, Judge of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk City Court; Hon. Yelena Vladimirovna Bolotova, Judge of Sakhalin Region Court; Oleg Vitalyevich Danilchenko, Head of Bureau of Supervision of Criminal Procedure of Law Enforcement Agencies, Prosecutor's Office of Sakhalin Oblast; Hon. Ivan Ivanovich Dudin, Judge of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk City Court; and Hon. Lyudmila Petrovna Sheptunova, Chief Judge of Uzhno-Sakhalin City Court. Olga Vladimirovna Butko will accompany them as a facilitator.

The delegates will be hosted by the Oregon Committee of the Russian American Rule of Law Consortium. The Committee is chaired by Hon. Martha Walters, Justice of Oregon Supreme Court. During the visit the delegation will work with Steven Briggs, Chief Counsel of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice; Judge Nan Waller, Chief Family Court Judge, Circuit Court, Multnomah County; David Koch, Juvenile Department Director, Multnomah County, Department of Community Justice; Tom Cleary, Juvenile Court Supervising Attorney, Multnomah County District Attorney's Office; Judge Dale Koch - Former Presiding Judge, Circuit Court, Multnomah County; Martha Strawn Morris, Multnomah County Family Court Coordinator; Judge Pamela Abernethy, Lead Juvenile Court Judge for Marion County; Faye Fagel, Director of the Marion County Juvenile Department; Judge Mary James, Judge of Marion County Circuit Court; Judge Kip Leonard, Juvenile Court Judge of Lane County Circuit Court; and other members of the Oregon legal community.

Contact:

Jake Weigler, (503) 378-6002
Oregon Supreme Court Justice Martha Walters, 503-986-5668, Martha.L.Walters@ojd.state.or.us |
Open World Program Manager Jeffrey Magnuson, 202-707-6555, jmag@loc.gov |
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