January 6, 2010
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The selectees include graduates from the University of Oregon School of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School, Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School and the University of Virginia Law School

Attorney General John Kroger today announced the appointment of six promising new lawyers for the Honors Attorney Program at the Oregon Department of Justice.

“We’re recruiting the best lawyers in the country,” said Attorney General Kroger. “We’re honored that they chose public service.”

The two-year program is highly competitive and designed to attract exceptionally qualified recent law school graduates or judicial clerks with an interest in public service. Honors attorneys obtain a broad range of experience by working in several areas within the Department of Justice and often advance to leadership positions at the Department and other public service jobs.

Jose Klein is currently a law clerk at the Oregon Supreme Court for Justice Martha Walters. Klein graduated from Harvard Law School in 2008, where he was awarded a Human Rights Fellowship. He received an MA from the University of Amsterdam in film and television studies and a BA from Vassar College.

Rebecca Johansen currently works as a law clerk for Justice Thomas A. Balmer at the Oregon Supreme Court. Johansen worked as a law clerk at the Oregon Federal Public Defender. She graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2008 tied for first in her class. She has a BS in Psychology from Santa Clara University.

Janet Borth, a third-year student at the University of Oregon School of Law, is a Senior Editor for the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation. Borth graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS in Zoology and has worked as a flight attendant, a laboratory technician, and a management analyst for the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Devin Huseby landed a judicial clerkship with Judge Ancer L. Haggerty in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon after his admission to the Oregon State Bar in 2008. Huseby is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Honors Program. He has an AB in International Studies from Vassar College. 

Jessica McKie is in her final year at Lewis & Clark Law School. She co-authored the first two chapters of the Oregon State Bar publication, Interpreting Oregon Law, edited by Hon. Jack Landau. She currently juggles an internship at the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office and a clerkship with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland. McKie is a former fourth grade teacher with a BA in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley.

Allison Woo is a third-year student at Stanford Law School where she writes for the Stanford Law & Policy Review and works as an Immigration Intake Reviewer for a legal aide clinic in East Palo Alto. Woo has experience working as a judicial extern in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and as a project manager for the American Red Cross. She has an MA in Sociology and a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University.

Attorney General John Kroger leads the Oregon Department of Justice. The Department’s mission is to fight crime and fraud, protect the environment, improve child welfare, and defend the rights of all Oregonians.


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