Michael W. Mosman

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Michael Wise Mosman
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Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon
Assumed office
February 1, 2016
Preceded byAnn Aiken
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon
Assumed office
September 26, 2003
Appointed byGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byRobert E. Jones
United States Attorney for the District of Oregon
In office
Appointed byGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byKristine Olson Rogers
Succeeded byKarin Immergut
Personal details
Michael Wise Mosman

(1956-12-23) December 23, 1956 (age 62)
Eugene, Oregon
EducationRicks College (A.B.)
Utah State University (B.S.)
J. Reuben Clark Law School (J.D.)

Michael Wise Mosman (born December 23, 1956) is the Chief United States District Judge of 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 Artium Baccalaureus 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 Doctor.[2] At BYU he was the editor of the law review, and graduated magna cum laude.[3] In 2018, Mossman received the J. Reuben Clark Law School's Alumni Achievement Award.[4]

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.[5] After leaving Powell's employ, Mosman entered private practice in Portland, Oregon, in 1986.[2]

Federal judicial service[edit]

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 United States Attorney for the District of Oregon, serving until 2003.[2] He replaced Kristine Olson Rogers who had resigned.[6] 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. He became Chief Judge on February 1, 2016.[2]

Notable cases[edit]

Mosman dismissed with prejudice the case against the FBI, Oregon State Police and other officials for violating the civil rights of those associated with LaVoy Finicum's murder.

Mosman issued a temporary injunction in December 2007 to prevent Oregon's new civil union law from taking effect in January.[5] 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.[7] The legal issue centered on how the Oregon Secretary of State verified signatures on petitions.[5] On February 1, 2008, in Lemons v. Bradbury, he dismissed the lawsuit and lifted the injunction, with the law immediately going into effect.[8]

In 2017, Judge Mosman approved renewal of a FISA Court warrant for Carter Page, a former adviser to the 2016 Trump Campaign. In July 2018, the warrant application was released publicly, marking the first time FISA warrant application materials were made public.[9] The heavily-redacted, 412-page application cites many sources, including confidential informants.[10] Among those many sources, the application cites the Steele dossier, leading a legal commentator to criticize the basis of the warrant.[11]


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 "Mosman, Michael W. - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
  3. ^ a b c d e Cannon, Mark W. Record Six New LDS Federal Judges Appointed. Archived 2007-12-24 at the Wayback Machine Meridian Magazine. Retrieved on February 9, 2008.
  4. ^ http://alumni.byu.edu/connect/aaaguest
  5. ^ a b c Beck, Byron. Domestic Partner Decision: Revisiting Old Wounds? Willamette Week, December 31, 2007.
  6. ^ "Nominations Sent to the Senate". White House Press Releases. September 5, 2001.
  7. ^ Pardington, Suzanne. Judge halts civil-unions law. The Oregonian, December 29, 2007.
  8. ^ Green, Ashbel S. Civil unions get the nod in Oregon. The Oregonian, February 2, 2008.
  9. ^ Savage, Charlie (July 21, 2018). "Carter Page FISA Documents Are Released by Justice Department". New York Times. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  10. ^ FISA Application for Warrant for Carter Page. [1]
  11. ^ "FISA Applications Confirm: The FBI Relied on the Unverified Steele Dossier". National Review. 2018-07-23. Retrieved 2018-07-24.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Kristine Olson
United States Attorney for the District of Oregon
Succeeded by
Karin Immergut
Preceded by
Robert E. Jones
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon
Preceded by
Ann Aiken
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon