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Deborah Smith Arthur
Deborah Smith Arthur


Deborah Smith Arthur is a former criminal defense attorney and an Associate Professor at Portland State University; she has been an advocate for under-served and justice involved youth for over 20 years. She has partnered with The Beat Within and the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice for over a decade. A certified Inside-Out instructor, she also teaches courses at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, Oregon. She has worked on numerous clemency petitions, and is a longtime volunteer with the Oregon Youth Authority.

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Juvenile Justice

Deborah Smith Arthur, JD

Assistant Professor
University Studies
office: CH 137
phone: (503) 725-5831
fax: (503) 725-5977