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Bob Koch Moderates Conversation with Oregon Chief Justice Martha L. Walters
On October 28, Tonkon Torp attorney Bob Koch was a moderator during the annual meeting of the Oregon State Bar's Appellate Practice Section, for which he serves on the Executive Committee. Bob moderated a Q&A with Chief Justice Martha L. Walters, the 44th Chief Justice of Oregon.
Their conversation began with a discussion of Chief Justice Walters’ tenure as Chief, which has included developing and implementing a wide-reaching strategic campaign for Oregon’s judicial system, and working to increase the diversity of the profession’s practitioners and judges. They also talked about how COVID-19 has impacted the appellate court system, including the pros and cons of hearing virtual arguments, and how delayed trials could impact the appellate pipeline. The Q&A concluded with Chief Justice Walters sharing advice for appellate practitioners and those who may aspire to join the bench.
Last year, Bob moderated a U.S. Supreme Court Review/Preview with Professor Pamela Karlan on behalf of the Oregon State Bar’s Constitutional Law Section, for which he also serves on the Executive Committee and is the Chair-Elect.
Bob is Chair of Tonkon Torp’s Appellate Practice Group. He handles cases in state and federal courts of appeals. Prior to joining Tonkon Torp, Bob served in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C., where he worked on high-profile civil and criminal matters in the U.S. Supreme Court and in federal courts of appeals across the country.