Obama nominates Amanda Marshall, JD '95, as U.S. Attorney in Oregon

Amanda Marshall, JD '95, has been nominated by President Obama to be Oregon's next U.S. Attorney.

If the Senate confirms her selection, Marshall will be the top prosecutor in the state. She'll lead a team of more than 100 lawyers handling drug and gun cases, sex trafficking cases, mortgage fraud and environmental crimes.

Marshall, who lives in McMinnville, is a child advocacy lawyer for the state Justice Department, a position she has held since early this year. She previously served as assistant attorney in charge of the child advocacy section and as an assistant attorney general starting in 2001. She also has worked as a deputy district attorney for the District Attorney's Office of Coos County.

Marshall earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon in 1992.

"Amanda Marshall has shown an unwavering commitment to justice throughout her career," President Obama said in a news release.  "I am confident she will continue to serve the people of Oregon with distinction."

Tom Towslee, a spokesman for U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, said Marshall was a standout candidate. She was selected from a list of several dozen candidates.

"She's got live courtroom experience and administrative experience to go with it," Towslee said. "Ron's a big advocate about doing something about sex trafficking and this plays right into it."

Wyden has introduced legislation that would send federal funds to combat sex trafficking in regions of the country with the greatest need, including Oregon. Several pilot projects would each receive a grant of $2.5 million. The money would be used for shelters to provide separate housing for trafficking victims, clothing and other daily needs to keep victims from returning to the street, victims' assistance counseling and legal services, education or job training classes for victims, training for law enforcement and social service providers and investigative expenses.

Marshall's experience handling sex trafficking cases helped her candidacy, Towslee said.

If confirmed, Marshall would replace interim U.S. Attorney Dwight C. Holton, who has held the job since former U.S. Attorney Karin Immergut submitted her resignation.

"She's very enthusiastic, personable and engaging," said Jim Nafziger, a professor in the College of Law. "I really like her. She's a go-getter."

Marshall declined to comment on her selection.

There are 93 U.S. Attorney's Offices in the United States and its territories, all of which are part of the United States Department of Justice. U.S. Attorneys conduct most of the trial work in which the United States is a party.