Amanda Marshall confirmed as U.S. Attorney

Amanda Marshall JD ’95, who has been confirmed as the new U.S. Attorney for Oregon, said she feels “very ready to assume the office and just get to work.”

President Obama nominated Marshall last year, but the U.S. Senate didn’t confirm the nomination until this week. Marshall, the attorney in charge of the child advocacy section of the Oregon Department of Justice, hopes to be sworn in by the end of next week.

 “I feel like the wait and the time and energy was all worth it, and I’m just very happy,” she said. “Even though time between swearing in and taking office is relatively very short, it’s really hard to wait this extra week.”

 Marshall plans to fly to Washington, D.C. for training and then to South Carolina for a national conference of U.S. Attorneys. Then she’ll spend the next few months familiarizing herself with open cases and meeting with all the heads of the federal agencies with whom she’ll be working.

 Marshall replaces currently U.S. Attorney Dwight C. Holton, who will help her with the transition.  

 As for how the job will change her life outside the office, Marshall has three sons under the age of 11 and expects to stay busy ferrying them to soccer games and Cub Scout meetings.

 “No matter what happens, you’re still a working mother,” said Marshall, who lives in McMinnville with her kids and husband, a Yamhill County deputy district attorney. “I know it’s a 24/7 job with a high level of intensity, but my goal is to keep life as normal as I can for my family.”

 Marshall said she may return to the law school in the next few months to speak at a symposium. She said she looks back on her time in law school with fondness.

 “Being in the state capital is such a unique experience in terms of the opportunities it affords to participate in government,” she said. “I really became much more politically aware during the time I was in law school at Willamette.”