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Winter 2008


Interviews -- Oregon -- Portland, Personal narratives -- Oregon -- Portland


On August 2, 2005, Marilyn Yoelin, a volunteer for the Oregon Jewish Museum (OJM), interviewed Sid Lezak at his home in Portland. Lezak, who died on April 24, 2006 at the age of 81, was the longest serving US Attorney in American history. When he retired in 1982, he had served 19 years, but that period was only one—the middle—segment of his three careers in the law in Oregon. He had previously been in private practice and later led in the development of mediation as an alternative to lawsuits. His pioneering work helped make Oregon a national leader in this form of dispute resolution, both in the private sphere and public policy.


Originally appeared in the Winter 2008 edition of Metroscape, published by the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, Portland State University.

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