David Eder ’05
A longstanding commitment to public service
David Eder has shown a strong commitment to public service and serving the legal community both in and out of law school, and his passion for helping others has served his career well. Eder started his legal training during his first year at Oregon Law, interning with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted twelve jury trials, conducted thirty civil commitment hearings, and charged and settled over 500 criminal cases.
In school, Eder discovered his interest in practicing criminal law as a prosecutor. After graduating from Oregon Law with his J.D. in 2005, Eder went on to work as an independent contractor for six months with the Eugene firm Thuemmel and Uhle. There he drafted motions and appellate briefs in addition to handling trial preparation. He then moved on to work for Gearing, Rackner, & Engel LLP from 2006 through 2007 as an Associate Attorney, where he handled a variety of domestic relations cases.
Eder’s hard work paid off. In March of 2007, he was hired as an Assistant City Attorney at the City Attorney’s Office of Beaverton, primarily handling DUII cases. So far in this position he’s conducted over one hundred jury trials and provided monthly police training seminars, assisted with civil litigation, drafted city ordinances and provided overall risk assessment for potential city law suits, and argued cases at the Oregon Court of Appeals.
Eder is heavily invested in the Oregon lawyer community, and has demonstrated his commitment to assisting young lawyers through his volunteer work with various legal associations. Eder has served as CLE Chair of the Oregon State Bar’s Oregon New Lawyers Division (ONLD), as an ABA YLS Member of the American Bar Association, and as the ONLD Practical Skills Through Public Service (PSPS) Chair. Eder and his twin brother Ben (another Oregon Law alum) helped found the PSPS program for ONLD to match up recent law graduates with non-profits and other organizations to provide new grads real-world legal experience while benefiting the nonprofit community. The American Bar Association awarded ONLD National Project of the Year in ABA’s Young Lawyer’s Division for its PIPS program. So far, over thirty-eight lawyers have been placed and are serving the community through this program.