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2/23/2004 Oberst to speak on

McMINNVILLE -- Mary Oberst, first lady of Oregon, will speak on the "Campaign for Equal Justice" Thursday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m., in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall.

The lecture is presented in celebration of Women’s History Month and in honor of women of distinction in public affairs.

Oberst grew up in Kentucky, Michigan and New Jersey. She earned her law degree at the University of Oregon in 1984 and has edited law books for the Oregon State Bar since 1985. She is a member of the Oregon State Bar and the Association of Continuing Legal Education Administrators.

Oberst volunteers her editing skills in working on publications for groups such as the Northwest Earth Institute, the Oregon Historical Society and the Toaster Museum.

As Oregon’s first lady, she continues working with the Campaign for Equal Justice, an Oregon lawyers’ group that works to fund legal services for the poor. She will also focus on literacy and reading for children and adults and on environmental concerns.

She and her husband are avid hikers and have spent many years traveling around Oregon and engaging in its numerous outdoor activities.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2222.