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L and C Law Professor Kroger to run for state attorney general

Former prosecutor and Lewis and Clark Law School professor John Kroger will announce his candidacy for Oregon Attorney General in five cities today and Friday.

Kroger, a former U.S. Marine, has been a public policy expert, federal prosecutor and teacher.

Attorney General Hardy Myers previously announced that he will not seek a fourth term. Rep. Greg Macpherson, D-Lake Oswego, has announced his candidacy for the attorney general post.

In Portland, Kroger was scheduled to announce at 9 a.m. today at the World Trade Center, 121 S.W. Salmon St. Portland Commissioners Erik Sten and Randy Leonard will introduce him

Kroger also scheduled appearances today in Eugene and Medford and Friday in Klamath Falls and Bend.

At Lewis and Clark's Northwestern School of Law, Kroger teaches criminal law and jurisprudence. He also comments on criminal law for national and local media outlets. In 2004, he won the Leo Levenson award for teaching excellence, awarded by the graduating class.

Before joining the faculty, Kroger was a federal prosecutor, prosecuting more than 200 federal criminal cases involving - among others - the Mafia, public corruption, white collar crime and narcotics trafficking.

Kroger also argued frequently before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In 1999, he received the Director's Award from Attorney General Janet Reno for convicting two Mafia captains of multiple murders. In 2001, Kroger worked on the emergency response to the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. From 2002 to 2003, he served as a prosecutor on the U.S. Justice Department's Enron Task Force.