Student-Attorney Roundtable Lunch
Date: November 12 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm Location: Lewis & Clark Law School, room TBD
Last year, NCVLI commenced victims’ rights lunches – a monthly opportunity for law students to meet with NCVLI attorneys and other students interested in victims’ rights to discuss emerging issues in victim law. Lunches are held at the Lewis & Clark Law School campus every month. ***Lunch provided!!***
This month - “Prosecutors’ Views on Victims’ Rights: Domestic Violence, Restitution, and System Challenges” Presenters include Melanie Kebler, Deputy District Attorney in Yamhill County and Michael Schmidt & Jeffrey Rhoades, Deputy District Attorneys in Multnomah County.
Melanie Kebler has been practicing criminal law as an Oregon prosecutor for four years. She took her first job as a Deputy District Attorney with the DA’s Office in Lincoln County after graduation from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2008, and more recently has been in the Yamhill County District Attorney’s Office. Throughout her career Melanie has prosecuted domestic violence crimes as part of her job; she currently focuses on prosecuting crimes that occur between intimate partners. Melanie also works to promote community awareness and prevention of victimization through her participation in the Yamhill County Domestic Violence Task Force and the local Domestic Violence Response Team. While at Lewis and Clark, Melanie interned with Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office and participated in the NCVLI Victim Litigation Clinic. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Michigan in 2005.
Jeff R. Rhoades, Deputy District Attorney, Multnomah County
Jeff graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2010. During his tenure at Lewis & Clark, Jeff worked as an intern in the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Domestic Violence Unit. There, he was principally responsible for prosecuting violations of restraining orders. After graduation, Jeff became the judicial clerk for Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Eric J. Bloch. As part of his work, Jeff both assisted in complex civil litigation and worked in an experimental drug treatment court. He then rejoined the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office in July of 2011, working in the Misdemeanor Trial Unit. Jeff is currently assigned to both the Felony Property Crimes Unit and the Restitution Pilot Project.
Mike Schmidt, Deputy District Attorney, Multnomah County
Mike taught high school in New Orleans from 2003-2005. In the fall of 2005 Mike packed up and moved to Portland to attend Lewis and Clark Law School. While in law school Mike was a TA in the legal writing department, wrote on to the Environmental Law Review and interned on “the row” at the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office during his third year. After graduation Mike was hired on at MCDA where he started back on the row prosecuting misdemeanor crimes. Since then he has worked at Intake, Unit A – Property Crimes unit, START drug treatment court and most recently as a Restitution Deputy in the Restitution Pilot Project.