Commitment to Service

Notre Dame Campus

Jason Weber and Ryan O’Connor both decided to attend Notre Dame Law School because they shared Notre Dame’s commitment to public service. They became friends at Notre Dame because of this shared commitment and their connection to the Pacific Northwest . While at Notre Dame, Jason and Ryan used their training and running of the Rome, Italy marathon to raise money for orphanages in Bangladesh. While in law school, Ryan worked as a public defender extern in South Bend, Indiana, and volunteered as reading tutor at a local elementary school. Jason taught constitutional law to high school seniors through Notre Dame’s Street Law program and worked at the Notre Dame legal aid clinic. After graduating from Notre Dame Law School, Jason and Ryan separately pursued legal jobs in public service. Jason worked for the State of Oregon as a prosecutor while Ryan worked for the State of Oregon as a public defender. They remained friends and gained valuable experience toward achieving their goal of opening a practice focused on serving people and businesses in the Pacific Northwest.

In January 2012, Jason and Ryan opened O’Connor Weber LLP (O’W). O’W continues their commitment to public service in the following ways:

Oregon Innocence Project

The Oregon Innocence Project was launched in 2014 in order build support for legal reform in the criminal justice system. Ryan O’Connor serves on the advisory committee of OIP with the intention of protecting the innocent by promoting higher standards of interrogation, discovery, DNA testing, and witness identification. Visit OIP’s website for more information about their mission.

Post-Conviction Relief Appeals

O’Connor Weber contracts with the State of Oregon to represent indigent clients appealing their post-conviction relief trials. The most publicized post-conviction relief cases are probably those brought by the Innocence Project using DNA testing. In addition to protecting the innocent, the post-conviction relief process ensures, among other things, that all individuals convicted of a crime received adequate assistance of counsel as guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I, section 11, of the Oregon Constitution.

We The People: Constitutional Law Education Program

Ryan O’Connor works with We The People Classroom Law Project as a mentor and instructor for the Constitutional Law Team at De La Salle North High School. He serves the youth as an educator of the constitution, bill of rights, legal practice, and to encourage high school students in their pursuit of a legal career. Ryan also assists in the club’s preparation for their annual We The People Constitutional Law Competition. For more program info: We The People

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