Speaker: John R. Kroger, Oregon Attorney General
Oregon Attorney General John Kroger has devoted his entire life to public service as a United States Marine, federal prosecutor, public policy expert, and teacher. John was elected Attorney General in November 2008 after winning the nominations of both the Democratic and Republican parties.
As a federal criminal prosecutor, he won major cases against mafia killers, drug kingpins and corrupt government officials. He was a member of the Enron Task Force and helped prosecute crooked Enron executives and served on the emergency response team after the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. In recognition of his work, John won awards and commendations from the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the State Department. In 1999, John received the Director’s Award for Outstanding Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney from Attorney General Janet Reno for convicting two mafia captains of committing multiple murders. John wrote about his experiences as a prosecutor in his book Convictions, published in 2008.
Following his career as a prosecutor, John taught criminal law and legal philosophy at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. During his years as a professor, John won Lewis & Clark’s Levenson Award for Teaching Excellence three times. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in philosophy from Yale University and his law degree with honors from Harvard Law School.