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ORVAL ETTER, American Lawyer, Partner of HARRANG, LONG, WATKINSON, ARNOLD & LAIRD, P.C., specializing in the field of General Civil and Business Practice. Trial Practice in all State and Federal Courts. Commercial Bankruptcy, Creditors Rights, Corporate Law, Partnerships, Taxation, Real Estate, Estate Planning and Probate, Family Law. Labor Law, Municipal and Administrative Law, Negligence.


Etter, Orval was born on July 30, 1915 in Appleton, Colorado, United States. Son of Wayne and Laura (Carpenter) Etter.


University of Oregon (Bachelor of Science, 1937. Juris Doctor, Phi Beta Kappa. Research Assistant, Bureau of Municipal Research and Service, University of Oregon, 1960-1965.

General Counsel, Portland Metropolitan Study Commission, 1965-1971.


Research assistant Bureau Municipal Research, University Oregon, Eugene, 1939-1945, research attorney, 1960-1965, associate professor public affairs and administration, 1968-1980. Retired, 1980

Secretary Far West, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Berkeley, California, 1946-1957. Public administration analyst bureau public administration, University California, Berkeley, 1957-1960.

Legal adviser numerous county charter committees, Oregon, 1962-1978. General counsel Portland Area Metropolitan Study Commission, 1965-1971. Of counsel Harrang, Long, Watkinson and Arnold, Eugene, 1971-1981.


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    • Author: Municipal Home Rule On and Off: Unconstitutional Law in Oregan Now and Then, 1991, Municipal Home Rule in Oregon: Unfulfilled Revolution, 1993. Oregon correspondent, National Civic Review, 1968-1981. Contributor articles Oregon Law Review, 1940-1982, Fellowship (monthly journal), 1947-1955, National Civic Review (monthly of National Municipal League), 1970-1980, We.City (monthly of We. Leagues of Mcpltys. ), 1942-1945, (monthly journal) Human Quest, 2001-2003.


President, Eugene Symphony Association, 1965-1972. Member Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Mary Field, August 11, 1939. Children: John, Kristina, Hanya, Ted.

Wayne Etter

Laura (Carpenter) Etter

Mary Field

John Etter

Kristina Etter

Hanya Etter

Ted Etter