Justin Morehouse is the newest member of Robert Raschio’s law firm in Canyon City.
Morehouse mainly works as a court-appointed criminal defense attorney for Grant and Harney counties. He also works on court-appointed juvenile dependency cases and does some general practice work, including wills, estate planning and family law.
Morehouse, who lives in John Day, says he feels at home in Grant County. He grew up on a farm in a small town in Illinois the size of John Day and Canyon City combined, he said.
Previous to starting work with Raschio, Morehouse was employed at the nonprofit Alaska Legal Services Corporation, providing legal services to low-income families in Bethel, Alaska.
“In Bethel, it was 10 minutes from the airport to the other end of town,” Morehouse said.
Bethel, a town of about 6,000, is a fly-in community on the Kuskokwim River about 400 miles east of Anchorage, he said.
The area is detached from the rest of Alaska and is part of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Wildlife Refuge, the size of Oregon, but with a population of about 45,000 and not many roads due to the terrain.
Morehouse began building connections in the state when he moved to Oregon in 2010, earning his law degree from the University of Oregon in Eugene.
He said, after living in the Willamette and Portland area, he was tired of city living. An outdoor enthusiast, Morehouse said Grant County is a good fit for his hobbies, which include hiking, fishing and hunting.
“I love the river and mountains out here,” he added.
He said he arrived too late to purchase deer or elk tags, but he hopes to apply for the 2018 season.
“I’m looking forward to getting out there next fall, and seeing what the winter is like here compared to the valley and the tundra,” he said.
His other interests include reading and cooking at home.
“I’ve really enjoyed all the people I’ve met, clients and people in the community — I like it here,” Morehouse said. “I look forward to meeting more people in Grant County.”