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Multnomah County District Attorney Debate - CANCELLED

Date: 5:30pm - 8:00pm PDT March 12

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Multnomah County DA debate hosted at Lewis & Clark Law School. This event is open to the Lewis and Clark community. Questions will be posed to the candidates and each candidate will be given a chance to respond to the question. The questions are chosen from those submitted through the RSVP link by student organizations who are organizing the event.

Reception will be held prior to the event and post-event for a chance to meet and talk with the candidates personally. 

Please RSVP for this event by March 6, 2020. 

Schedule of activities:

5:30-6:00 p.m.- Reception with refreshments

6:00-7:30 p.m.- Candidate debate

7:30-8:00 p.m.-Post-event Reception with light refreshments

Hosted by:

Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, Black Law Student Association, L&C American Constitution Society, Latinx Law Society, Minority Law Student Association, Native American Law Students Association, PILP, SBA, Women’s Law Caucus, Women in Criminal Law

Learn more about the candidates:

Ethan has served our community as an Assistant United States Attorney for over a decade, and previously served as a Deputy District Attorney in the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office for nearly a decade. In these roles, he’s been responsible for all aspects of prosecution and case management for a diverse range of subjects, including national security, public corruption, violent crimes, drug trafficking, and environmental crimes. Ethan has been personally recognized with some of the Justice Department’s highest awards for his work handling national security cases during the Obama Administration, including by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.


Mike Schmidt is the Director of the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, where he leads research projects, administers a $50 million grant program, and supports specialty courts around the state. He previously worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Multnomah County and as a high school social studies teacher. Mike is running for Multnomah County DA because he knows we can be a lot smarter when it comes to public safety. Mike has a bold, progressive vision to dramatically improve the fairness, effectiveness, and cost of our criminal justice system. He has a proven track record of working on innovative approaches to reduce disparities in our system and incentivize treatment over incarceration.

Registration for this event is now closed.

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