Michael W. Mosman

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Michael W. Mosman
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Judge Michael Mosman
Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Oregon
Assumed office
September 26, 2003
Nominated by George W. Bush
Preceded by Robert E. Jones
United States Attorney for the District of Oregon
In office
Nominated by George W. Bush
Preceded by Kristine Olson Rogers
Succeeded by Karin Immergut
Personal details
Born (1956-12-23) December 23, 1956 (age 58)
Eugene, Oregon
Spouse(s) Suzanne Cannon Hogan
Alma mater Ricks College (Now Brigham Young University–Idaho)
Utah State University
J. Reuben Clark Law School

Michael Wise Mosman (born December 23, 1956) is an American attorney and jurist from Oregon. He is currently a federal district court judge in Portland, Oregon, for the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, and is simultaneously serving a 2013-2020 term on the FISA Court.[1] The Oregon native previously served as the United States Attorney for the same district.

Early life[edit]

Michael Mosman was born in the Willamette Valley of Oregon in 1956 in the city of Eugene.[2] He grew up in Lewiston, Idaho, the son of an attorney and judge with an older sister and three younger brothers.[3] He attended Ricks College in Idaho, which is now Brigham Young University–Idaho.[2] He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1979 before attending Utah State University in Logan, Utah.

At Utah State he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1981,[2] and was the valedictorian of his class.[3] Mosman then went on to law school at Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School. He graduated there in 1984 with a juris doctorate.[2] At BYU he was the editor of the law review, and graduated magna cum laude.[3]

Legal career[edit]

In 1984, Mosman began clerking for Malcolm Richard Wilkey, judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.[2] The following year he entered private legal practice for part of 1985. Mosman then was a judicial clerk for United States Supreme Court justice Lewis F. Powell.[2] While clerking for Powell, he was involved in the justice's voting to uphold Georgia's sodomy law in Bowers v. Hardwick.[4] After leaving Powell's employ, Mosman entered private practice in Portland, Oregon in 1986.[2]

In 1988, he began working as an assistant United States Attorney for the District of Oregon, remaining until 2001.[2] That year he became the U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, serving until 2003.[2] He replaced Kristine Olson Rogers who had resigned.[5] In 2003, United States President George W. Bush nominated Mosman to serve as judge for the United States District Court for the District of Oregon on May 8 to take the seat of Robert E. Jones, who had assumed senior status on the court.[2] Mosman was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 25, 2003, and received his federal commission the following day.[2]

Mosman issued a temporary injunction in December 2007 to prevent Oregon's new civil union law from taking effect in January.[4] This was in response to a legal challenge by a group that had attempted to place a referendum on the November 2008 ballot to block the civil union law that had been passed by the Oregon Legislative Assembly.[6] The legal issue centered on how the Oregon Secretary of State verified signatures on petitions.[4] On February 1, 2008, in Lemons v. Bradbury, he dismissed the lawsuit and lifted the injunction, with the law immediately going into effect.[7]


Mosman is married to the former Suzanne Cannon Hogan, and they have five children.[3] He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court: 2013 Membership". Federation of American Scientists. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Judges of the United States: Michael W. Mosman. Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved on February 9, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d e Cannon, Mark W. Record Six New LDS Federal Judges Appointed. Meridian Magazine. Retrieved on February 9, 2008.
  4. ^ a b c Beck, Byron. Domestic Partner Decision: Revisiting Old Wounds? Willamette Week, December 31, 2007.
  5. ^ "Nominations Sent to the Senate". White House Press Releases. September 5, 2001. 
  6. ^ Pardington, Suzanne. Judge halts civil-unions law. The Oregonian, December 29, 2007.
  7. ^ Green, Ashbel S. Civil unions get the nod in Oregon. The Oregonian, February 2, 2008.

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