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William F. Schroeder: Oregon State Bar Bulletin, June 2016

William F. Schroeder

Longtime eastern Oregon lawyer and former bar leader Bill Schroeder of Boise, formerly of Vale, Ore., died Oct. 20, 2015, of heart failure. He was 87. William Frederick Schroeder was born in Chicago on Sept. 25, 1928. He grew up in the Windy City and at 20 years of age, graduated from the University of Chicago and Valparaiso University School of Law.

In 1950, he married Alberta Wienhorst. The same year, he was admitted to the Illinois State Bar, where he remained a member for many years. He later moved to Vale and was
admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 1951. He served a term on the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors, one year as vice president. He also served the Oregon bar as a founding board member of the Professional Liability Fund. In 2000, he received the OSB’s highest honor, the Award of Merit. At his death, he was a 55-year member of the Oregon State Bar and continued to practice law in Vale. He also was admitted to practice before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, many federal agencies and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Schroeder was considered a legal expert and litigator in public lands, water law and mining resource issues. His writings and speaking engagements before resource organizations, colleges and universities spanned more than half a century. His expertise and insight in the role and scope of administrative governmental agencies and the interpretation and application of various federal and state laws affecting the use of natural resources ran from the date of passage or agency establishment to current regulation.

He was a member of the Vale School Board and the charter board of Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario. Other community service included the city of Vale and Malheur County boards and as scoutmaster for a local Boy Scout troop. As his law practice allowed over time, he and Alberta enjoyed traveling the U.S. and many foreign countries.

Alberta, his wife of 65 years, survives, along with their six children, 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.