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Hon. Martha Lee Walters

Oregon Supreme Court
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Biography

The Honorable Martha L. Walters joined the Oregon Supreme Court as an Associate Justice in October 2006.

Before joining the court, Justice Walters practiced law for almost 30 years, emphasizing employment law and civil litigation as well as general civil practice. She

practiced law in Eugene with Walters Romm Chanti & Dickens, P.C. and its predecessor firms (1985 - 2006), serving as firm president (1992 - 2006) and secretary (2004 - 06)
practiced law in Eugene with Harrang, Swanson, Long & Wilkinson, P.C. and its predecessor firms (1977 - 85)
In 2007after four years in other leadership positions, Justice Walters was elected to a two-year term as the first woman president of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. She joined the Conference of more than 300 members in 1992 as one of Oregon's four commissioners. The Commission is a nonprofit organization that has worked to make state laws more uniform since 1892. All Commissioners are lawyers; none is paid for this work.

A member of the Oregon State Bar since 1977, Justice Walters has served in leadership positions and on many bar committees and task forces as well, including the following:

Oregon State Bar
Professional Liability Policies and Procedures Task Force (1998 - 2000)
Civil Legal Services Task Force (1995)
Uniform Civil Jury Instructions Committee (1994 - 97)
Disciplinary Board 1989 - 94, Region 2 Chair 1991 - 94)
Canon 7 Committee (1988) (on professional conduct rules for lawyers)
Dispute Resolution Committee (1985 - 88)
Judicial Administration Committee (1980 - 82)
Lane County Bar
President, (1992 - 93)
President-Elect, Lane County Bar Association (1991 - 92)
Secretary/Treasurer, Lane County Bar Association (1990-91)
Board, Lane County Bar Association (1988-90)
Chair, Lance County Circuit Court Committee (1987 - 88)
Lane County Local Professional Responsibility Committee

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Oregon
Oregon State Bar
ID Number: 773157
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Professional Experience
Justice
Oregon Supreme Court
- Current
Attorney
Walters Romm Chanti & Dickens, P.C.
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firm president (1992 - 2006) and secretary (2004 - 06)
Attorney
Harrang, Swanson, Long & Wilkinson, P.C.
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Education
University of Oregon School of Law
J.D. (1977)
Honors: Order of the Coif
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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
B.A. (1972)
Honors: with distinction
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Professional Associations
Lane County Bar
Member
Current
Activities: President, (1992 - 93) President-Elect, Lane County Bar Association (1991 - 92) Secretary/Treasurer, Lane County Bar Association (1990-91); Board, Lane County Bar Association (1988-90); Chair, Lance County Circuit Court Committee (1987 - 88); Lane County Local Professional Responsibility Committee; Lane County Women Lawyers (1981 - present)
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American Law Institute
Member
- Current
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American College of Trial Lawyers
Fellow
- Current
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American Bar Foundation
Fellow
- Current
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Federal Bar Association
Member
- Current
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National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws
Member
- Current
Activities: President 2007
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National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws
Oregon Commissioner
- Current
Activities: Executive Committee chair, 2005 - 2007; President 2007 - 09
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Oregon State Bar  # 773157
Member
- Current
Activities: Professional Liability Policies and Procedures Task Force (1998 - 2000); Civil Legal Services Task Force (1995) Uniform Civil Jury Instructions Committee (1994 - 97); Disciplinary Board 1989 - 94, Region 2 Chair 1991 - 94) Canon 7 Committee (1988) (on professional conduct rules for lawyers); Dispute Resolution Committee (1985 - 88); Judicial Administration Committee (1980 - 82)
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Publications
Articles & Publications
"When the Only Way to Equal is to Acknowledge the Difference: PGA Tour, Inc., v. Martin."
Brandeis Law Journal
Websites & Blogs
Website
Oregon Supreme Court
Website
Court biography
Contact & Map
1163 State St
Salem, OR 97301
Telephone: (503) 986-5668
Fax: (503) 986-5730
Oregon Supreme Court
1163 State St
Salem, OR 97301
Telephone: (503) 986-5668
Fax: (503) 986-5730