Item SR1240_T04S1 - Oral history interview with Robert A. Leedy [Sound Recording 07]

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SR1240_T04S1

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Oral history interview with Robert A. Leedy [Sound Recording 07]

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  • 1994-10-01 (Creation)

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Audiocassette; 00:30:30

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Robert Allan Leedy, Sr. was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1909. He graduated from the University of Oregon Law School in 1933. He and Annapauline Rea were married in 1935; they later had two children. He practiced law in Portland, and in 1950, he co-founded the law firm Barzee, Leedy & Keane. He also served as U.S. commissioner for the U.S. District Court of Oregon from 1943 to 1956. He was also active in the Oregon State Bar, serving as secretary for the board of bar examiners, serving on the board of governors, and serving as president from 1952 to 1953. He also served as a chancellor for the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon. In 1971, he joined the Portland law firm Bullivant, Houser & Bailey, retiring in 1985. He died in 2001.

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Tape 4, Side 1. This oral history interview with Robert A. Leedy was conducted by Anna J. Brown and Katherine H. O’Neil at Leedy’s home in Milwaukie, Oregon, from September 10 to October 1, 1994. In this interview, Leedy discusses his family background and early life in the rural areas around Portland, Oregon, including his education, and the family farm. He then discusses studying law at the University of Oregon, including his social life and working in a can factory to pay tuition. He also describes some of the members of his graduating class, including Otto Frohnmayer. He talks about getting started in law practice in Portland, including some of the lawyers he worked with and cases he was involved in. He also speaks at length about his interest in golf and how it led to his becoming a U.S. commissioner for the U.S. District Court of Oregon. He briefly discusses forming the law firm of Barzee, Leedy & Keene. He describes the duties and procedures of the U.S. District Court of Oregon commissioner, as well as some of the judges he worked with, particularly Judge James Alger Fee. He speaks at length about the bail process and several of the cases he heard. He then discusses his involvement with the Oregon State Bar, including administering the bar exam in the 1940s, and serving as president in the 1950s. He speaks at length about his children, their families and their careers. He also describes in great detail several European trips he took, beginning in the 1950s, as well as trips to Hawaii and to Death Valley, California. He discusses his involvement with the Episcopal Church. He goes on to talk about some of the cases he worked on in private law practice, as well as the lawyers he’s worked with. He closes the interview by discussing some of the changes in the law profession over the years.

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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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  • English

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