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2023 Commencement speaker


Honorable Erin C. Lagesen

Oregon Court of Appeals

Erin Lagesen is a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals, where she has served in Position 12 since November 12, 2013. She has been the presiding judge of the court's Department Three since July 1, 2017. Chief Judge Lagesen was appointed to the court in 2013, elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2020. She became the court's Chief Judge on January 1, 2022. Her current term of office expires January 1, 2027.

Before receiving her law degree, Chief Judge Lagesen taught high school mathematics. Her legal career began with a clerkship for Judge Susan Graber of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She then worked in the litigation section at Stoel Rives before joining the Appellate Division of the Oregon Department of Justice in 2004.

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