Oregon Judicial Vacancies



OREGON SUPREME COURT


RECENT APPOINTMENTS


OREGON SUPREME COURT
On March 31, 2017, Governor Kate Brown announced that she will appoint Rebecca A. Duncan to the Oregon Supreme Court. Judge Duncan will be the seven-person court’s fourth woman member, making the court a majority of women for the first time in state history. Judge Duncan currently sits on the Oregon Court of Appeals and will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice David V. Brewer. The appointment will be effective immediately after Justice Brewer retires on June 30, 2017. Details available here.


OREGON SUPREME COURT/MULTNOMAH COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT
On March 31, 2017, Governor Kate Brown announced that she will appoint Judge Meagan A. Flynn to the Oregon Supreme Court and Ms. Xiomara Torres Mattson to the Multnomah County Circuit Court. Judge Flynn will fill the vacancy created by Justice Richard C. Baldwin’s retirement effective March 31, 2017. Ms. Torres Mattson will fill the vacancy created by Judge Merri Souther Wyatt’s retirement effective March 31, 2017. Both Judge Flynn’s and Ms. Torres Mattson’s appointments are effective Saturday, April 1, 2017. Details available here.




OREGON COURT OF APPEALS


RECENT VACANCIES


OREGON COURT OF APPEALS
On April 12, 2017, Governor Kate Brown announced today that she is accepting applications for two openings on the Oregon Court of Appeals. The first vacancy was occasioned by the appointment of Justice Meagan A. Flynn to the Oregon Supreme Court, effective April 4, 2017. The second vacancy will be occasioned by the retirement of Judge Timothy J. Sercombe, which will become effective July 1, 2017. A list of candidates deemed "highly qualified" by the Appellate Screening Committee and OSB Board of Governors* for the Oregon Court of Appeals vacancies is available here. Thirty candidates submitted information for this appointment (one withdrew). Details available here.

* Please note that BOG member Liani Reeves has abstained from all discussion and votes related to the review of judicial candidates.




OREGON CIRCUIT COURTS


RECENT VACANCIES


CLACKAMAS COUNTY
On March 9, 2017, Governor Brown announced she was accepting applications for the judicial position on the Circuit Court for the Tenth Judicial District to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Eve L. Miller. Application has closed and fourteen candidates have submitted information for this appointment. Details available here.


COOS/CURRY COUNTY
On May 31, 2017, Governor Brown announced she was accepting applications for a judicial vacancy on the Coos/Curry County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Richard Barron. Application has closed and five candidates have submitted information for this appointment. Details available here.


LINN
On June 9, 2017, Governor Brown announced she was accepting applications for a pending judicial vacancy on the Linn County Circuit Court created by the planned retirement of Judge Carol Bispham Hashagen. Details available here.


MULTNOMAH
On April 12, 2017, Governor Brown announced she was accepting applications for the judicial position on the Multnomah County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Henry Kantor. Application has closed and thirty candidates have submitted information for this appointment. Details available here.


MULTNOMAH
On May 16, 2017, Governor Brown announced she was accepting applications for the judicial position on the Multnomah County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Diana Stuart. Application has closed and twenty-one candidates have submitted information for this appointment. Details available here.


RECENT APPOINTMENTS


CROOK AND JEFFERSON COUNTIES
On June 20, 2017, Governor Brown announced she will appoint Daina A. Vitolins as a judge on Oregon’s 22nd Judicial District Circuit Court. The 22nd Judicial District encompasses Crook and Jefferson counties. Ms. Vitolins will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Gary Lee Williams. Ms. Vitolins’ appointment will be effective immediately upon Judge Williams’ retirement, on July 1, 2017. Details available here.


TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
On March 28, 2017, Governor Brown announced she will appoint Thomas B. Powers to the position of Circuit Judge on Oregon’s Tenth Judicial District. The Tenth Judicial District encompasses Union County and Wallowa County. Mr. Powers will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Brian C. Dretke. Mr. Powers’ appointment will be effective April 1, 2017. Details available here.






Court of Appeals - Recent Vacancies



Governor Brown Announces Extended Deadline for Court of Appeals Vacancy until May 5


(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown announced today that she is accepting applications for two openings on the Oregon Court of Appeals.  The first vacancy was occasioned by the appointment of Justice Meagan A. Flynn to the Oregon Supreme Court, effective April 4, 2017.  The second vacancy will be occasioned by the retirement of Judge Timothy J. Sercombe, which will become effective July 1, 2017.

The following candidates have submitted materials to the Governor’s Office for the Oregon Court of Appeals vacancies. Comments on any of the candidates can be made to General Counsel at Governor Kate Brown’s Office, Ben Souede, (503) 378-8636, or ben.souede@oregon.gov.  

Allen, Beth A.
Aoyagi, Robyn
Bloom, Benjamin
Bunch, William
Carpenter, Jim
Casey, Daniel
Crowther, Joshua
Debney, Ben
Ferry, David
Hellman, Kristina
Hill, Norman
Hoesly, Cody
James, Bronson D.
Kamins, Jackie
Lannet, Ernest
Leonetti, Carrie S.
Lucas, Joseph
Mayfield, Brandon
Mooney, Jodie
Perry, Kenneth
Phillips, Ryan
Powers, Steven R.
Quinn, Julene
Runkles-Pearson, PK
Ryan, Melissa
Simrin, Andy
Stanton, Luke
Storey, Shannon
Talcott, Brian

Governor Brown is committed to a diverse and inclusive judiciary. The Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA), OGALLA, the LGBT Bar Association of Oregon, the Oregon Chapter of the National Bar Association (OC-NBA), and the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association (OHBA) have created the Oregon Judicial Diversity Coalition (OJDC) to conduct interviews for applicants interested in receiving endorsements from those specialty bars. Applicants interested in participating in the OJDC’s interview process can find information and application materials here (http://oapaba.org/judicial-endorsements/).





Circuit Courts - Recent Vacancies



Clackamas County Circuit Court Vacancy


The following candidates have submitted materials to the Governor’s Office for the Clackamas County Circuit Court vacancy. Comments on any of the candidates can be made to General Counsel at Governor Kate Brown’s Office, Ben Souede, (503) 378-8636, or ben.souede@oregon.gov.

Crowley, Ken
Elliott, Andrew
Knox, William
Laidlaw, Alec
Landers, Christine
Medina, Ruben
Neese, Paul
Revelle, Suzanne
Russell, Shelley
Scott, Roxanne
Van Rysselberghe, Todd
Watkins, Ulanda
Wu, Michael
Ybarra, Kim
Governor Brown is committed to a diverse and inclusive judiciary. The Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA), OGALLA, the LGBTQ Bar Association, the Oregon Chapter of the National Bar Association (OC-NBA), and the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association (OHBA) have created the Oregon Judicial Diversity Coalition (OJDC) to conduct interviews for applicants interested in receiving endorsements from those specialty bars. Applicants interested in participating in the OJDC's interview process can find information and application materials here (http://oapaba.org/judicial-endorsements/).





Coos/Curry County Circuit Court Vacancy


The following candidates have submitted materials to the Governor’s Office for the Coos/Curry County Circuit Court vacancy. Comments on any of the candidates can be made to General Counsel at Governor Kate Brown’s Office, Ben Souede, (503) 378-8636, or ben.souede@oregon.gov.

Combs, Andrew
Dyer, Kate
Manske, Robert
Monsebroten, James
Terry, Patrick
Governor Brown is committed to a diverse and inclusive judiciary. The Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA), OGALLA, the LGBTQ Bar Association, the Oregon Chapter of the National Bar Association (OC-NBA), and the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association (OHBA) have created the Oregon Judicial Diversity Coalition (OJDC) to conduct interviews for applicants interested in receiving endorsements from those specialty bars. Applicants interested in participating in the OJDC's interview process can find information and application materials here (http://oapaba.org/judicial-endorsements/).





Linn County Circuit Court Vacancy


(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown announced today that she is accepting applications for a pending judicial vacancy on the Linn County Circuit Court created by the planned retirement of Judge Carol Bispham Hashagen. The Governor thanked Judge Bispham Hashagen for her dedicated judicial service, and announced that she will fill the position by appointment. Judge Bispham Hashagen’s retirement takes effect June 30, 2017.
 
Interested applicants should mail or deliver their completed application forms to: Ben Souede, General Counsel, Office of the Governor, 900 Court Street NE, Salem, OR 97301-4047. Forms must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Forms emailed by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date will be considered timely so long as original signed forms postmarked by the closing date are later received. 

Governor Kate Brown fills judicial vacancies based on merit. She encourages applications from lawyers with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.
 
ORS 3.041 and 3.050 provide that at the time of appointment to the court, the candidate must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of Oregon, and a member of the Oregon State Bar.  ORS 3.041 requires that this vacancy must be filled by an applicant who is a resident of or has a principal office in Linn County.  ORS 3.041(5) provides the required length of time for the residency requirements.

To receive answers to questions about the appointment process, or to request an interest form, contact Shevaun Gutridge at 503-378-6246 or shevaun.gutridge@oregon.gov.

The Judicial Interest Form is also available online.

Following the application deadline, the bar may conduct a preference poll of the candidates who apply for this position. If you have questions or comments about the Oregon State Bar’s process, please contact Danielle Edwards at dedwards@osbar.org or 1-800-452-8260, ext. 426.

Governor Brown is committed to a diverse and inclusive judiciary. The Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA), OGALLA, the LGBT Bar Association of Oregon, the Oregon Chapter of the National Bar Association (OC-NBA), and the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association (OHBA) have created the Oregon Judicial Diversity Coalition (OJDC) to conduct interviews for applicants interested in receiving endorsements from those specialty bars. Applicants interested in participating in the OJDC's interview process can find information and application materials here (http://oapaba.org/judicial-endorsements/).





Multnomah County Circuit Court Vacancy


The following candidates have submitted materials to the Governor’s Office for the Multnomah County Circuit Court vacancy. Comments on any of the candidates can be made to General Counsel at Governor Kate Brown’s Office, Ben Souede, (503) 378-8636, or ben.souede@oregon.gov.

Abrams, Marc
Baggio, Amy
Brown, Adrian
Carson, Harry
Cienfuegos, Jose
Dickison, Lynne
Englesman, Stephanie
Fancesconi, Bryan
Ghastin, Jon
Hedberg, Matthew
Heekin, Katherine
Kohlmetz, Andrew
Lavin, Andrew
Leonetti, Carrie
McCleery, Stephanie
McCormack, Christopher
O'Glasser, Benjamin
Oden-Orr, Melvin
Piekarski, Christopher
Powers, Steven
Ramas, Christopher
Robinson, Andrew
See Ming, Chin
Todd, Steven
Van Rysselberghe, Todd
von Ter Stegge, Kate
Watkins, Ulanda
White, Richard
Wright, Theresa
Zusman, Michael
Governor Brown is committed to a diverse and inclusive judiciary. The Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA), OGALLA, the LGBTQ Bar Association, the Oregon Chapter of the National Bar Association (OC-NBA), and the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association (OHBA) have created the Oregon Judicial Diversity Coalition (OJDC) to conduct interviews for applicants interested in receiving endorsements from those specialty bars. Applicants interested in participating in the OJDC's interview process can find information and application materials here (http://oapaba.org/judicial-endorsements/).





Multnomah County Circuit Court Vacancy


The following candidates have submitted materials to the Governor’s Office for the Multnomah County Circuit Court vacancy. Comments on any of the candidates can be made to General Counsel at Governor Kate Brown’s Office, Ben Souede, (503) 378-8636, or ben.souede@oregon.gov.

Baer, Sibylle
Englesman, Stephanie
Francesconi, Bryan
Frasier, Jeffrey
Hann, Pam
Hedberg, Matt
Kramer, Mark
Laidlaw, Alec
Matthys, Shelly
McCleery, Stephanie
McCormack, Chris
McGuire, Pat
O'Glasser, Benjamin
Revelle, Suzanne
Schlosser, John
Smith, Cara
Summer, Miranda
Troy, Francis
Van Rysselberhge, Todd
White, Richard
Wright, Theresa
Governor Brown is committed to a diverse and inclusive judiciary. The Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA), OGALLA, the LGBTQ Bar Association, the Oregon Chapter of the National Bar Association (OC-NBA), and the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association (OHBA) have created the Oregon Judicial Diversity Coalition (OJDC) to conduct interviews for applicants interested in receiving endorsements from those specialty bars. Applicants interested in participating in the OJDC's interview process can find information and application materials here (http://oapaba.org/judicial-endorsements/).