By Irving Potter of Portland, Oregon. For 25 years, he has been Leslie Roberts' law partner.
On October 20, BlueOregon posted a guest column from the campaign manager for Charles Henderson. The column suggested that his candidate was the best choice for Multnomah County Judge. Unfortunately, many who have commented on this election have chosen merely to vilify Leslie Roberts for having the gall to suggest that the governor and the appointed candidate follow the law. As Leslie Roberts' friend and law partner for over 25 years, I want to put before the voters a quick summary of why I believe Leslie Roberts would deserve to be elected, even if she was opposed by a highly qualified and experienced candidate.
Leslie, a lifelong Oregon resident, is an honor graduate of Portland's Reed College and Yale Law School. Leslie graduated law school and passed the Oregon Bar Exam in 1972, beginning her career as a law clerk at the Oregon Supreme Court. After serving with the court, she joined a Portland law firm. As a young lawyer, like the write in candidate, she accepted court appointments and represented indigent clients in all types of matters, including criminal and domestic cases. As she gained experience and her reputation grew, she went on to represent clients in increasingly complex cases, although her representation of clients in personal injury matters was never on behalf of insurance companies trying to avoid coverage, only for the injured.
Leslie served as a volunteer pro tem judge in Multnomah County. She was appointed by the Presiding Judge of the Multnomah County Circuit Court to serve on the commission that designed the arbitration system for the court. She was a member of the Oregon State Bar Alternate Dispute Resolution Section, where she was elected by her peers as Chair of the Section. Leslie was a member of the Oregon State Bar Health Law Section, where she was again elected by her peers as Chair. Leslie served on the Oregon State Bar Ethics Committee where she was, once again, elected by her peers as Chair.
Leslie was elected a Director of the Multnomah County Rural Fire District #10 and has served for many years as its counsel. Leslie has been a long time member of the ACLU, serving on the board of the local affiliate and on the National Board of the ACLU. As her law partner for over 25 years, I perhaps better than anyone, know what a good person Leslie is. With eight children, including six adopted from China, Leslie's professional accomplishments are surpassed only by the great job she is doing as a mother and as a truly caring member of our community. Through a 34 year legal career, Leslie has acquired an unmatchable list of accomplishments and experience. It is not often that the voters have the opportunity to elect a judge with Leslie's personal and professional qualifications.
I am sure that the voters who visit Blue Oregon are fair minded individuals who consider all of the facts before making any vote. After considering the qualifications of the two candidates seeking this position, I have no doubt who they will select as the next Multnomah County Judge. Leslie Roberts will be a great Judge.