Hall S. Lusk Biography


        Hall Stoner Lusk. Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of Oregon.

        Judge Lusk is a graduate of Georgetown University of Washington, D. C., (Georgetown Preparatory School) having received his B. A. degree in 1904 and his LL. B. degree in 1907. He received highest honors of his class for general scholarship in each of the four years of his college course. He was also awarded the Murphy Medal for translating the Odes of Horace into English verse and the medal for his thesis on the Christian Doctrine. While a student in the department of law he served as editor-in-chief of the Georgetown Law Journal.

       Judge Lusk was admitted to the bar of the District of Columbia in 1907. He served as secretary to the late Chief Justice Sheppard of the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia until the summer of 1909 when he moved to Portland, Oregon, and was admitted to the bar of this state. He was associated with the law firm of Dolph, Mallory, Simon and Gearin until 1918, when he was appointed Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Oregon and served in that capacity until 1930. He thereupon resumed his private practice as a member of the firm of Emmons, Lusk and Bynon.

        On December 8, 1930, Judge Lusk was appointed Circuit Judge for Multnomah County by Governor Norblad to succeed the late John H. Stevenson. For several years he was an instructor in the Northwestern College of Law in Portland. On July 22, 1937, Governor Martin appointed Judge Lusk to the Supreme bench, succeeding the late James U. Campbell; and in 1938 the voters of Oregon ratified that appointment by unanimously electing him.

        Judge Lusk was a director of the Portland Symphony Society, member of the Board of Directors of the School District No. 51 since 1921, member of Delta Chi, Multnomah Amateur Athletic Club, Oswego Country Club and for several years served as a member of the Executive Council of the Boy Scouts of America in the Portland area.

        Judge Lusk was married to Catherine Emmons of Portland, on September 30, 1914. They have five daughters: Polly Carpenter, Catherine Holmead, Margaret Addison, Mary Emmons and Jeanne Van Wyck.

Arthur F. Benson's Original Biography Document