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April 3, 2008

Oregon Law Professor and Alum John Acosta Appointed Federal Magistrate Judge

Oregon Law professor and alum John Acosta (class of 1982) was recently appointed Federal Magistrate Judge. 

Professor Acosta has served as an Oregon Law adjunct professor since 2001, teaching a popular litigation practice and procedure course.  He also worked as senior deputy general counsel with Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) in Portland.  Prior to Tri-Met, he was a partner with Stoel Rives LLP, where he practiced employment law, representing employers in the areas of employment litigation and counseling.  He is admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington, the United States District Court for Oregon, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  He is a member of the Oregon Bar’s Professionalism Commission and serves on the board of directors of Morrison Child and Family Services. 

Oregon Law alumna Britney Colton (class of 2003) says Professor Acosta is her mentor and encouraged her to apply for a position at TriMet shortly after law school.

“Working with John (at TriMet) was not unlike being his student again,” Colton writes in an e-mail.  “He exhibited the same professionalism, commitment to ethical practice, and devotion to his betterment as a lawyer that I saw when he stood behind the classroom podium.  John has a transcendent wisdom that allows him to succeed at whatever he doesI have rarely been as
proud as I was the day I saw my mentor robed in black.”

Oregon Law alumna Jennifer Welch Bruce (class of 2006) calls Professor Acosta’s litigation practice and procedure course “the best course I took in law school.” 

“I feel very lucky to know someone so well-respected in the legal community who was willing to mentor young attorneys as John does for numerous Oregon students and graduates,” wrote Bruce in an e-mail.  “I was thrilled to see that he was appointed to the bench and am confident that he will continue to make a positive impact on the careers of Oregon attorneys.” 

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