Annual Meeting

Vol. 35 No. 3


Nikki Blanton is the Section Liaison to the Law Student Division and a second-year law student at the of Law.


Retired Judge Ellen Rosenblum is looking to return to public service as ’s next Attorney General.

As the state’s lead lawyer, the Oregon Attorney General oversees the state Department of Justice, manages a biennial budget of $280 million, and directs the activities of up to 1,200 employees. In short, the Oregon Department of Justice is responsible for representing the state’s interests in legal matters and exercises jurisdiction over several program areas, including child support and consumer protection.

Rosenblum, a long-time Section member, presently serves the Section as chair of the Membership Committee. In that capacity, she is credited for helping to double the size of the Section over a three-year period. According to , a Past Section Chair, “Ellen Rosenblum has been tremendously effective in spearheading the Section’s successful efforts to boost membership and diversity. Her enthusiasm is contagious, matched by a focused determination and a participatory leadership style that motivates others.” 

A graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, Rosenblum has practiced law in for more than 30 years. She began her legal career in 1975 in the private sector at a small law firm but has devoted most of her career to public service. She first served the public as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon and later as a state trial court judge for 16 years. Most recently, she served as a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals for seven years, retiring from the bench in 2011.

A member of the ABA House of Delegates for more than 22 years, Rosenblum credits her participation in the ABA at large, and this Section specifically, with providing her with a broad network of contacts that will help her serve more effectively as Oregon’s next Attorney General. From overseeing management of a multi-million budget as Secretary and Executive Committee member of the ABA Board of Governors, to speaking out on the floor of the ABA House of Delegates, Rosenblum strongly believes that her involvement has made her a stronger leader.

When asked why she wants to serve as ’s next Attorney General, she replied: “I retired from the bench because I wanted to have a third phase of my career—and I wanted it to involve public service. I had it in me to do something else, and when this opportunity popped up, I knew it was the right fit.” With no incumbent seeking re-election, the endorsement of former Governor Barbara Roberts, and a campaign that prioritizes a consumer protection agenda, her campaign appears strong.

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