The Shaping of US Attorney Amanda Marshall

Excellent background on Amanda Marshall’s path to success.

Ore. US Attorney’s past shaped her career

by NIGEL DUARA, Associated Press

Posted on June 2, 2012 at 3:31 PM

PORTLAND — Barring a dramatic upset in the attorney general’s race in November, two women will occupy the top two places in Oregon law enforcement by early next year, an unprecedented feat for women in a state with a good track record for putting women in leadership positions.

Ellen Rosenblum handily won the Democratic primary for state attorney general in May, and her competition in the November general election will be a write-in Republican candidate.

Her federal counterpart, U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall, has held her seat since October. But does it matter that two women are in this position?

“Of course it matters,” said Marshall, 43. “It would be ungrateful of me to say it doesn’t matter. I think for girls growing up right now in Oregon, they look at Ellen and I and they think gee, what do I want to be when I grow up? I want to be the U.S. attorney, and I don’t think it’s just girls (that think that).”

Marshall, the daughter of a mother who moved often in her childhood, said frequent changes helped shape her as a person and an attorney.

“It’s not just the fact I’m a woman,” she said. “It’s also, I didn’t come from a position of privilege.”

She’s had a job since her first paper route at age 11, later working as a waitress in a retirement home to earn money in high school.

After graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in rhetoric and communication and earning a law degree at Willamette University, Marshall began a career that would span the gamut of Oregon’s criminal justice system, beginning with tribal justice and including prosecuting major crimes in Coos County, working as a litigator in the Department of Justice and finishing as the department’s lead child advocacy attorney.

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