10.12.12 Knope of the Week – US Attorney Amanda Marshall

Posted on October 12, 2012

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The 43nd Knope of the Week has been selected after a week long search for the individual(s) or group who has done the most to advance the mission of ELGL. In case you haven’t yet memorized the ELGL mission statement, here it is in its entirety,

THE MISSION of the Oregon Emerging Local Government Leaders Network is to enhance communication between emerging and experienced government professionals; provide for professional advancement in the field by identifying employment opportunities and through targeted training and education; and support the advancement of professional local government management.

Before we announce this week’s recipient, we ask you to turn away from your computer screen and repeat the ELGL mission in an opera voice. Now that you’ve proven your allegiance to ELGL, we are happy to share with you this week’s recipient of the Knope of the Week is…..

Amanda Marshall

United State Attorney for the District of Oregon

This week’s Knope of the Week, US Attorney for Oregon Amanda Marshall treated us to a wide ranging discussion from Oregon football to leaving to a legacy. Amanda, more than any other ELGL speaker, was able to describe the sacrifices  and difficulties in maintaining a work-life balance. Leslie Knope would have trouble keeping up with Amanda.

Here is what we took away from the forum:

  • Graduated from University of Oregon; received law degree from Willamette University.
  • Her husband is a Deputy District Attorney in Yamhill County
  • The book on Amanda’s nightstand : Catching Fire
  • Oregon will beat Alabama to win the BCS championship.
  • She argued 150 cases in five years, trying cases in 21 counties.
  • Additional resources is the biggest difference in working on the federal level
  • While her management team handles a lot of the workload, she is involved in every terrorism case.
  • Avoid getting a DUII on tribal land; you’ll end up in federal court
  • Work-life balance is a constant struggle where there is no secret to success.
  • Motto: You can sleep when you’re dead.
  • Her first child was fed with the finest of baby foods; her third child was fed by eating out of the cereal bowl of others.
  • Recommended Reading from US Attorney for Oregon
  • Honesty and openness are two traits she looks for in managers.
  • Give real time feedback; can’t wait for an annual evaluation.
  • Not always easy to tell the truth but must be done
  • Biggest surprise as U.S Attorney: the level of genuine support for an outsider such as herself.
  • Biggest challenge: time away from family due to commuting from McMinnville

We look forward to watching Amanda as she continues to build her legacy and serves as a role model for the public and private sector.

Good job, good effort, Amanda.

Previous Knope of the Week Recipients


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