Oregon Attorneys in Federal Court

The OSB's Federal Practice & Procedure Committee helps attorneys and the federal courts share information and work together to provide legal services to the public. Information about federal practice, federal courts, pro bono opportunities in federal courts, and training designed to help prepare attorneys to work in federal court is available from a number of sources, accessible via the following links:

United States Courts

Primary website for the federal Judiciary with links to court rules and forms as well as websites for each Federal Circuit and District Court.


The U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

The court's website includes information about local rules, proposed new local rules, court calendar, the judges, court policies, forms, and pacer/e-filing case-related information. There are separate tabs for attorneys, jurors, members of the public, and educators. Attorneys are encouraged to participate in the court's pro bono program, and additional information about that program is available on the court's website.


The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

The Ninth Circuit makes a host of information available to attorneys and members of the public that includes: published and unpublished opinions, oral argument calendars, case information, local and federal rules of appellate practice, guides and legal outlines (including civil and criminal model Ninth Circuit jury instructions), links to current and past oral argument recordings, and general news updates. Mentorship opportunities are available by contacting the Appellate Lawyer Representatives.


The U.S. Supreme Court

The Court's current docket, oral argument schedule, copies of merit briefs, opinions, and general information about the Court are all available free of charge on this website.


The Oregon Chapter of the Federal Bar Association

Comprised of approximately 400 members, this organization hosts a monthly luncheon with the federal judges, it produces a federal court handbook that provides specific information and advice from the local district court bench, and it holds a number of continuing legal education programs throughout the year that specifically address federal court practice and procedures. The local chapter also offers a mentorship program.


Inns of Court

Inns of Court work to improve advocacy skills by teaming up experienced judges and practitioners with new lawyers to improve civil and criminal litigation practice. Information on local chapters is found below.

(30049) The Gus J. Solomon American Inn of Court
Meets at: Portland, OR 97204

(30028) The Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court
Meets at: Portland, OR 97204
Law School Affiliations:
Lewis and Clark Law School

(30175) The Willamette Valley American Inn of Court
Meets at: Salem, Marion County, OR 97301
Law School Affiliations:
University of Oregon School of Law
Willamette University College of Law

(30253) The J. R. Campbell American Inn of Court
Meets at: Bend, OR 97701

(30095) The Roland K. Rodman American Inn of Court
Meets at: Eugene, OR 97401
Law School Affiliations:
University of Oregon School of Law

(30457) The William V. Deatherage American Inn of Court
Meets at: Medford, OR 97501

U.S. District Court Historical Society/The Pioneer Courthouse Historical Society

These organizations track the history of federal courts in Oregon and host legal education programs that focus on cases, judges, and practitioners of particular historical interest. These groups also host an annual summer picnic open to all members of the Oregon Bar:



The Government Printing Office - Federal Digital System

From this page you can access official versions of federal documents including the United States Code, Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, Federal Court Opinions, Congressional Bills, and Presidential Documents.


Federal Agency Directory

Hosted by the Louisiana State University Libraries in partnership with the Federal Depository Library Program, this website provides links to all current/active/existing U. S. Federal Government agencies.


Legal Information Institute

Housed at the Cornell University Law School, the Legal Information Institute hosts an extensive collection of state and federal legal resources. Its collection of Federal legal materials combines documents held on the LII's own servers (the U.S. Code, Supreme Court decisions, searchable index of U.S. Court of Appeals decisions, and the Code of Federal Regulations) with material available from other Internet-accessible sites.