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Case Name Robyn A. v. McCoy JI-OR-0004
Docket / Court 3:90-cv-01151-FR ( D. Or. )
State/Territory Oregon
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Attorney Organization Legal Services/Legal Aid
National Center for Youth Law
Case Summary
On November 9, 1990, two thirteen-year-old boys and a fifteen-year-old girl confined at the Donald E. Long Home (DELH) in Multnomah County, Oregon filed a class action lawsuit against the chairperson and members of the Board of County Commissioners for Multnomah County. The plaintiffs brought suit ... read more >
On November 9, 1990, two thirteen-year-old boys and a fifteen-year-old girl confined at the Donald E. Long Home (DELH) in Multnomah County, Oregon filed a class action lawsuit against the chairperson and members of the Board of County Commissioners for Multnomah County. The plaintiffs brought suit by and through Susan F. Mandiberg, professor of law at Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, and were represented by counsel from Oregon Legal Services, Multnomah County Legal Aid, the Juvenile Rights Project, and the National Center for Youth Law. They complained of unconstitutional conditions at the DELH, including dangerous physical conditions, inadequate medical services, and insufficient provision of meals, seeking declaratory and injunctive relief under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated at the DELH.

On April 23, 1992, the parties entered a consent decree in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. The Court (Judge Helen J. Frye) ordered that the DELH must be closed on October 31, 1993, after which time a replacement facility would be utilized. Prior to closure, the defendants were to comply with a list of fifty provisions, including instituting a fire evacuation plan, providing janitorial services and medical care, and maintaining a comfortable temperature in the DELH. The consent decree provided for a monitor or panel of monitors, to be chosen jointly by the plaintiffs and defendants, in order to conduct on-site inspections of the DELH twice a year. The Court (Judge Frye) granted the parties' motion to dismiss on May 5, 1994, after the terms of the consent decree were fulfilled. The case file was sent to the FRC on March 15, 1995.

Stacey Jensen - 05/22/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
General
Fire safety
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Totality of conditions
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Multnomah County
Plaintiff Description juveniles at the Donald E. Long Home in Multnomah County, Oregon
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Legal Services/Legal Aid
National Center for Youth Law
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1992 - 1994
Case Closing Year 1994
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
(D. Or.) 03/15/1995
JI-OR-0004-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint (Class Action) 11/09/1990
JI-OR-0004-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 04/23/1992 (D. Or.)
JI-OR-0004-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges Frye, Helen Jackson (D. Or.)
JI-OR-0004-0002 | JI-OR-0004-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Baldwin, Richard C. (Oregon)
JI-OR-0004-0002 | JI-OR-0004-9000
Lambert, David Lee (California)
JI-OR-0004-0001 | JI-OR-0004-0002 | JI-OR-0004-9000
McFarlane, Julie A. (Oregon)
JI-OR-0004-0001 | JI-OR-0004-0002 | JI-OR-0004-9000
McKnight, Maureen H. (Oregon)
JI-OR-0004-0001 | JI-OR-0004-9000
Ryan, Michelle L. (Oregon)
JI-OR-0004-0001 | JI-OR-0004-0002 | JI-OR-0004-9000
Savage, Louis D. (Oregon)
JI-OR-0004-0001 | JI-OR-0004-9000
Sherbo, Angela (Oregon)
JI-OR-0004-0001 | JI-OR-0004-0002 | JI-OR-0004-9000
Smith, Leslea S. (Oregon)
JI-OR-0004-0001 | JI-OR-0004-0002 | JI-OR-0004-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Doyle, J. Michael (Oregon)
JI-OR-0004-0002 | JI-OR-0004-9000
Kressel, Laurence (Oregon)
JI-OR-0004-0002
Lazenby, Henry H. Jr. (Oregon)
JI-OR-0004-0002 | JI-OR-0004-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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