Sebastian Tapia - Associate Counsel, Lane County
Sebastian Tapia possesses a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado and Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. He has been a member of the Oregon Bar since 2004. Sebastian began practicing law in Oregon as a prosecuting attorney with the Polk County District Attorney's Office and Lane County District Attorney's Office. His areas of specialty included child abuse and domestic violence prosecution. Sebastian is admitted to practice in Federal District Court, and in his current job with Lane County Counsel, as primary litigation attorney for the Corrections Division of the Lane County Sheriff's Office, he successfully defends the Sheriff's Office and its deputies in civil lawsuits filed in Federal District Court. Sebastian is an active volunteer attorney with Lane County Legal Aid and serves on the Board of Directors for ShelterCare.
Rob Bovett - Legal Counsel, Associated Oregon Counties
Rob Bovett currently serves as Legal Counsel for the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC), where he primarily works on policy matters relating to governance, elections, ocean issues, and drugs. He previously served as the elected District Attorney (2009-2014) and appointed Assistant County Counsel (1992-2009) for Lincoln County, Oregon. He is the author of many of Oregon's drug laws, including those relating to meth lab control. Mr. Bovett created numerous state and local initiatives that provide science-based solutions to problems caused by substance abuse, such as HOPE and other diversionary programs. He has authored many opinion pieces on drug policy, including those published by The Oregonian and The New York Times, has provided over 500 presentations regarding drug policy, and has appeared on numerous programs, such as Good Morning America, National Public Radio, and PBS NewsHour and FRONTLINE.
Rod Underhill - District Attorney, Multnomah County
Rod Underhill has spent his professional career protecting the people of Multnomah County. A graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, he originally wanted to become an FBI agent but decided against it when he found out the FBI would tell him where he had to live. Rod wasn't willing to risk parting with the Northwest.
Rod joined the Multnomah County District Attorney's office as a certified law student in 1987. He served as a deputy prosecutor from 1988 to 2007 and as Chief Deputy from 2007 until he took the office of District Attorney on January 1, 2013.
Rod has prosecuted thousands of cases, and is best known for his tireless advocacy on behalf of domestic violence victims, child sexual abuse victims, combating gang violence and human trafficking and supporting crime victim's rights. Throughout his career, he won major cases against some of Oregon's most violent gang members, drug dealers and killers, including the killers of middle school student Melissa Bittler, YWCA employee Yolanda Panek and mother of four, Asia Bell.
He has won awards and commendations from the Portland Police Bureau, the Oregon Department of Public Safety and Standards and the Oregon Domestic Violence Council. In 2010, the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society honored Rod as one of Oregon's distinguished trial attorneys. Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber recognized Rod for his tireless work on Oregon House Bill 3194 which seeks to responsibly cut prison costs and control future growth while also reinvesting in prevention, re-entry and victims services.
From the Multnomah County District Attorney Bio
Floyd Prozanski - Senator, North Douglas and South Lane Counties
Floyd was first elected to the Oregon Legislature in 1994. He served in the House of Representatives between 1995-2000 and 2003. Floyd was appointed to represent Oregon Senate District 4 in 2003. He was elected in 2004 to complete the current term and reelected in 2006.
Floyd graduated from Texas A&M University and later earned a law degree from the South Texas College of Law. An avid cyclist and home-brewer, he lives in Eugene with his wife. When the Legislature is not in session, Floyd works as a municipal prosecutor and serves on various boards and commissions.