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9/4/2002 Appeals court judge to speak at convocation

McMINNVILLE -- Susan P. Graber, associate justice of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, will speak on "The Suggestion Box" at Linfield College's opening convocation Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 4 p.m. in Ted Wilson Gymnasium.

Prior to her appointment to the Court of Appeals, Graber was an associate justice on the Oregon Supreme Court for eight years and was a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals for two years. She worked for Stoel Rives law firm in Portland for 10 years, working as a partner for seven of those years. From 1983-1988 she served as a pro tem district court judge, an arbitrator for the circuit court and as a mediator for the U.S. District Court. Prior to moving to Portland, she worked for private firms in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Santa Fe, N.M., and spent two years as an assistant attorney general for the State of New Mexico.

She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College and received her law degree from Yale Law School.

Last year she was the recipient of the Oregon Chapter "For Country" Award for Yale University's tercentenary. She was chair of the Rhodes Scholar Selection Committee for Oregon from 1993-97. She is currently a member of the American Law Institute and since 1996 has served as advisor to the Federal Judicial Code Project.

She has served as a guest lecturer at numerous schools and seminars, speaking on topics such as legal ethics, appellate review, workers' compensation and family law. She also served as a moot court judge for several programs and is the author or co-author of numerous articles.

Opening convocation traditionally begins the academic year and is one of three formal academic rituals at Linfield. Faculty are robed in academic regalia and march in both a processional and recessional.

The program is open to the public.