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Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum

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Meet Some of the Attorneys at DOJ

Susan Amesbury

Senior Assistant Attorney General, General Counsel

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. . . .

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Dee Carlson

Senior Assistant Attorney General, General Counsel

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 . . .

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Scott Jackson

Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Justice

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 . . .

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Anna Joyce

Solicitor General, Appellate

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, . . .

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Jacqueline Kamins

Assistant Attorney General, Trial

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. . . .

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Michael Kron

Assistant Attorney General, General Counsel

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. . . .

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Don Pyle

Senior Assistant Attorney General, General Counsel

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 Ryerson

Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Justice

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. . . .

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Joanna Tucker Davis

Assistant Attorney General, General Counsel

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) . . .

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Sarah Weston

Assistant Attorney General, Trial

​​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. . . .

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Simon Whang

Assistant Attorney General, Civil Enforcement

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 . . .

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Diversity and Inclusion at DOJ

In our workplace, the people of the Oregon Department of Justice respect the diverse perspectives, knowledge, and experiences of our coworkers and those seeking to join the organization. We strive to build an inclusive and performance-oriented workplace. All individuals are welcomed and appreciated, leading to increasingly higher levels of fulfillment and success.

DOJ recognizes the many aspects of diversity in our interactions with the people and organizations of Oregon. Our differences lead to a better understanding of the work we do, the people with whom we work, and the impact of our work. Our commitment to diversity in Oregon's government enhances our dedication to public service. Through the different missions of our Divisions, we are dedicated to upholding the rule of law for all the people of our state.

Attorneys

The Oregon Department of Justice has more than 1200 dedicated employees, including 300 excellent attorneys. Our goal is to be the best public law office in the nation. We are committed to finding, developing, and retaining the finest legal professionals. We offer our employees a challenging, fun, and rewarding work environment with great benefits resulting in a satisfying career. Because of our size and the volume of our legal work, we are able to entrust each attorney with an appropriate level of responsibility, helping people work productively by facilitating growth and development of their knowledge and skills. If you are looking for a fast-paced and challenging career, the Oregon Department of Justice is the place for you.

Current Vacancies - Attorney

For specific information about attorney positions, working at the Department or our hiring process please contact recruitment@doj.state.or.us.

Honors Attorneys

The Honors Attorney program is a two-year program designed to provide exceptional recent law school graduates--including those who have served as judicial clerks--with the opportunity to gain public law experience after law school. Honors Attorneys typically rotate from one division to another after their first year, enabling them to obtain a breadth of experience in diverse areas of the law and with colleagues from different divisions in the office. As an Honors Attorney, you will immediately handle your own caseload and have the opportunity to work on some of the most pressing issues facing the state. Whether you are interested in complex litigation, environmental law, criminal law, antitrust, consumer protection, protecting Oregon’s children, or constitutional issues, the Honors Attorney program enables new attorneys to gain invaluable hands-on experience in a wide range of legal disciplines alongside more experienced attorneys. As a member of the DOJ, you will work with talented and dedicated attorneys and staff to represent the State of Oregon, its departments, agencies and institutions, and, most importantly, its citizens.

Law Clerks

The Oregon Department of Justice employs approximately 80 law students to provide legal support to Assistant Attorneys General. In any division, a law clerk's usual duties will be to perform library research, investigate factual matters, and to provide a written product. The final result may be used by the supervising attorney as background, it may be incorporated as part of an opinion or legal document or it may itself be a finished product such as a brief, memorandum, pleading or opinion. Certified law students may be able to assist supervising attorneys in court proceedings. The Department expects the highest professional work from its clerks; conversely, the Department does not use law clerks as "gophers."

Current Vacancies - Law Clerk

For specific information about law clerk positions, working at the Department or our hiring process please contact recruitment@doj.state.or.us.

Other Positions

The Department offers a variety of other employment opportunities, including administrative and legal support staff, case managers and program-related positions such as improving the well-being of Oregon's children through the Division of Child Support; and protecting victims of violent crime in the Crime Victims' Services Division.

Current Vacancies - Other Positions

For specific information about any of these open positions, working at the Department or our hiring process please contact recruitment@doj.state.or.us.

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