Oral history interview with Ancer L. Haggerty [Video 01]

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Oral history interview with Ancer L. Haggerty [Video 01]


  • 2006-01-13 (Creation)


Videocassette; 01:03:09

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Ancer Lee Haggerty was born in Vanport, Oregon, in 1944. He attended the University of Oregon and graduated in 1966. He enrolled in the Marine Corps Infantry Officer Training program while at the University of Oregon. In 1968, he was called to active duty in Vietnam, where he was wounded by shrapnel to the arm. He was awarded the Silver Star. After his discharge from the military, he attended the University of California Hastings College of the Law. He earned his juris doctorate in 1973 and passed the Oregon bar that same year. He began his legal career in as a law clerk for the Metropolitan Public Defender in Portland, serving until 1977. He then practiced law at the Schwabe, Williamson, and Wyatt law firm. In 1983, he and Judith Ann Blair were married; Blair had one child, and together they later had two more children. Haggerty served as a judge on the Multnomah County District Court from 1989 to 1990, on the Multnomah County Circuit Court from 1990 to 1993, and on the U.S. District Court of Oregon from 1993 to 2014. He served as chief judge of that court from 2002 to 2009.

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Video 1. This oral history interview with Ancer L. Haggerty was conducted by Clark Hansen in Haggerty’s chambers at the U.S. District Courthouse in Portland, Oregon, in four sessions from December 9, 2005, to February 23, 2006. Interview sessions in December 2005, part of a session in January 2006, and the session in February 2006 were recorded on audiocassette. Part of the session in January 2006 was recorded on videocassette. In the 2006 video session, Haggerty revisits the topic of his family background and early life in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Portland, his interest in playing football, and his service in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He then speaks in more detail about his college experience at U.C. Hastings College of the Law; his work as a public defender in Portland; and practicing law at Schwabe, Williamson, and Wyatt. He also talks about serving as a judge on the Multnomah County Circuit Court and describes his experience as a judge on the Tom Metzger case, as well as other cases he heard. He then discusses serving as a judge on the U.S. District Court of Oregon, including his fellow judges, writing opinions, and serving as chief judge. He closes the video session by discussing his judicial philosophy.

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Joint copyright for this interview is held by the Oregon Historical Society and the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society. Use is allowed according to the following statement: In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted: http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC-EDU/1.0/

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