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Ellen F. Rosenblum

2002 - 2005

Ellen F. Rosenblum became Secretary of the American Bar Association in August 2002, after serving a year as Secretary-elect. She will serve a three-year term.

Rosenblum has been a state court trial judge in Portland, Ore., for the past 14 years. Prior to that she was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Oregon from 1980-88, and practiced at the Eugene, Ore., firm of Hammons, Phillips and Jensen from 1975-89. She graduated from the University of Oregon Law School in 1975.

Rosenblum has been an active member of the ABA since 1976. She has served in the House of Delegates in various capacities, including State Delegate from Oregon, since 1988. She currently serves on the Board of Governors Executive Committee and Operations and Communications Committee, as ex
officio member of the Rules and Calendar Committee of the House, and as board liaison to the Standing Committee on Constitution and Bylaws. During her previous service on the Board of Governors from 1995-1998, she chaired the Program and Planning Committee and served on the Executive Committee,
as well as serving as liaison to the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, the Criminal Law Section, the Steering Committee on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children, the Coordinating Committee on Bioethics and the Law, and the Coordinating Committee on Legal Education.

Also in the ABA, Rosenblum has chaired the Delegate-at-Large Committee and has served on the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, the President's Advisory Council on Diversity, and as a member of the Coalition for Justice State Justice Initiatives Committee.

She is a member of the Litigation Section, the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, the Dispute Resolution Section and the Judicial Division. She is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Outside the ABA, Rosenblum has chaired the judicial ethics committee of her state judges' association for the past eight years. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Judicial College and on the Advisory Committee to the new National Center for Courts and the Media.

She is past president of the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society, the Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court, and the University of Oregon Law School Alumni Association. She is a previous board member of the American Judicature Society. Her current professional memberships, in addition to the ABA, include the Oregon State Bar, the Multnomah Bar Association, Oregon Women Lawyers and the National Association of Women Judges. Rosenblum also is a regular lecturer on subjects including
judicial and legal ethics, motion and trial practice. She is a regular columnist for the Oregon Women Lawyers newsletter, "The Advance Sheet."

Rosenblum is active in her community as well. She served as chair of the Oregon Citizens Justice Conference in 2000. She chairs the Governor's Advisory Committe on Corrections Population Forecasting, and sits on the Advisory Board of the Oregon Campaign for Equal Justice. She is a member
of her synagogue Board of Trustees where she chairs the Security Committee and facilitates a monthly book group.

Rosenblum has recently received awards and recognition from Oregon Women Lawyers, the Oregon State Bar, Lewis and Clark Law School, and the Oregon Judicial Conference.

Rosenblum is married to Richard Meeker and they have two teenage children.