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THE WILLAMETTE LAWYER INTERVIEW

don’t have a lot of experience with the sorts

judgment and his diligence that I would then

of discovery games that I think can happen,

question my position. One of us would have

primarily in civil cases.

to be very wrong in our judgment to be

Q Who’s the better lawyer, you or your husband (Yamhill County Assistant

bringing those cases against each other. That said, if he was wrong and I was right, I

District Attorney Ladd Wiles)?

would kick his butt.

A I think that we’re very similar in the way

Q You went to Grateful Dead concerts

that we view cases, in the way that we view justice. And he’s got an amazingly strong work ethic. He has a phenomenal reputation

as a kid. What would people who hung around with you then say if they could see you in this position today?

“I like trials against very good attorneys that raise your level of practice.”

for fairness and for being reasonable, which is also really important to me. We’re both good lawyers but we’re different. I’m the type of lawyer who will walk up to the jury, put my hand on the bar, and look them in the eye. I will be very open and vulnerable with the jury because I feel like that’s my style and I need to be myself. And Ladd’s very much himself with the jury. He’s much more formal and reserved but with flashes of passion. Also, he’s adorable. He looks like you want a prosecutor to look. Q If you were on opposite sides in a

A I think people that knew me well weren’t necessarily surprised. The surprise was more in a positive way, that I’m not a person who has ever been politically connected. I don’t hobnob with the Who’s Who in Oregon or D.C., or give tremendous amounts of money to anything. And so I think the surprise was, “Wow, who knew that somebody we know that just works hard every day and establishes themselves and is a public servant could actually succeed?” That it’s not really all about who you know and whose hand you shook.

trial, who would win?

A If I was against Ladd in a trial, I would have a really hard time because I know that Ladd would never take a case to trial where he wasn’t completely convinced that somebody was guilty. And I so believe in his

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Willamette Lawyer | Fall 2012 Vol. XII, No. 2  

Last fall, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced he would no longer carry out executions, saying that Oregonians need to have a statewide con...

Willamette Lawyer | Fall 2012 Vol. XII, No. 2  

Last fall, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced he would no longer carry out executions, saying that Oregonians need to have a statewide con...