Judicial Vacancies Overview
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OREGON COURT OF APPEALS
Governor Kitzhaber announced on September 25 the appointment of Meagan A. Flynn to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Court of Appeals created by the retirement of the Honorable Robert Wollheim. Details available here.
Governor Kitzhaber announced on October 17 the appointment of Joel S. DeVore, Erin C. Lagesen, and Douglas L. Tookey to fill three new positions on the Oregon Court of Appeals created by the passage of House Bill 4026 in 2012. Details available here.
OREGON CIRCUIT COURTS
On August 14, 2014, Governor Kitzhaber announced the appointment of Randy Miller to the Deschutes County Circuit Court to fill the opening created by the resignation of Judge Barbara Haslinger. Details available here.
On February 28, 2014, Governor Kitzhaber announced the appointment of Cheryl A. Pellegrini to the Marion County Circuit Court to fill the opening created by the death of Judge Albin Norblad. Details available here.
On June 13, 2014, Governor Kitzhaber announced appointment of Karen Ostrye to the Circuit Court for the Seventh Judicial District to fill the opening created by the retirement of Judge Paul G. Crowley. Details available here.
On January 9, 2014, Governor Kitzhaber announced the appointment of Beth Roberts to the Washington County Circuit Court to fill the opening created by the resignation of Judge Rita Batz Cobb. Details available here.
Oregon Court of Appeals - Recent Appointments
Governor Kitzhaber Appoints Meagan A. Flynn to Court of Appeals
(Salem, OR) ó Governor Kitzhaber today announced the appointment of Meagan A. Flynn to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Court of Appeals created by the retirement of the Honorable Robert Wollheim. Judge Wollheim’s last day on the Court of Appeals will be October 31, 2014. The Governor thanked Judge Wollheim for his many years of distinguished service, both in and out of the courtroom, to the people of Oregon.
"Meagan Flynn is a seasoned and well-respected appellate advocate who is committed to the rule of law,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “As she joins one of the busiest appellate courts in the nation, I am confident she will not lose sight of the enormous impact each decision has on all Oregonians.”
Ms. Flynn received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and political science from Willamette University and a law degree from Gonzaga University College of Law. She began her career as a law clerk at the Oregon Court of Appeals for the Honorable Robert Durham and later for the Honorable Rick Haselton. Since 1994, she has been in private practice advocating on behalf of her clients in all areas of tort law as well as in employment and insurance coverage disputes. Early in her career, Ms. Flynn negotiated, mediated, and litigated a large volume of personal injury and employment disputes for individuals with limited financial resources. More recently, she has specialized in appellate advocacy before Oregon’s appellate courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Ms. Flynn is a frequent parent-volunteer at Sunnyside Environmental School in Portland and has served on the executive committees of the Oregon State Bar Appellate Practice Section, Products Liability Section, and the Consumer Law Section. She is an active member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and Oregon Women Lawyers, and currently serves as secretary/treasurer on the board of directors of the Oregon Law Institute.
Governor Kitzhaber Appoints Joel DeVore, Erin Lagesen, and Doug Tookey to Oregon Court of Appeals
(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber today announced the appointment of Joel S. DeVore, Erin C. Lagesen, and Douglas L. Tookey to fill three new positions on the Oregon Court of Appeals created by the passage of House Bill 4026 in 2012.
“I am pleased to appoint three talented lawyers who bring diverse perspectives and tremendous experience to one of the busiest appellate courts in the nation,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “Joel, Erin, and Doug bring an unwavering commitment to the rule of law and an understanding of how the law impacts everyday Oregonians. I am confident that they will serve all Oregonians with great distinction.”
Mr. DeVore received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from Antioch College and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon. He began his legal career as a law clerk for Judge Tom Young on the Oregon Court of Appeals and has been in private practice since 1983, first in Pendleton at the law firm of Mautz Hallman, and now in Eugene at the law firm of Luvaas Cobb. Mr. DeVore practices civil litigation with an emphasis in appellate work. He also handles repair cases for the Professional Liability Fund and serves as legal counsel to the Eugene and Corvallis School Districts. He is a frequent writer and speaker on civil litigation issues and has served as a Lawyer Representative on the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. Before law school, Mr. DeVore served as an Ombudsperson for the city of Anchorage, Alaska.
Ms. Lagesen received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Mathematics from Williams College, her Master of Science in Mathematics from the University of Oregon, and her Master of Education from Harvard University. She taught math at Milwaukie High School before receiving her law degree from Willamette University College of Law. After law school, Ms. Lagesen clerked for Judge Susan Graber on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and worked as a litigation associate at Stoel Rives. In 2004, she joined the Appellate Division of the Oregon Department of Justice, where she has handled hundreds of appeals of civil, criminal, and administrative cases in state and federal court. She recently worked on a team that handled a case in the United State Supreme Court. She also is an appellate lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, member and past chair of the executive committee of the Oregon State Bar Constitutional Law section, and a coach of the Franklin High School constitutional law team, which is part of the “We the People” program of the Classroom Law Project. Ms. Lagesen was born and raised in Portland, and is a graduate of Wilson High School.
Mr. Tookey received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Chicago, his Juris Doctorate from Cornell Law School, and his LL.M. from the National University of Singapore. After law school, he served as a law clerk for Judge Edward W. Nottingham on the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado and then for Judge Emilio M. Garza on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He worked as an environmental law attorney in private practice in Washington D.C. and then spent over a decade working on a variety of projects to improve access to justice and respect for the rule of law in developing countries, including Fulbright Scholarships in Singapore and Kazakhstan; serving as an observer to elections in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Ukraine; and serving as a United States Department of State Office of Citizen Exchanges and Dickinson College Fellow on managing environmental resources in the Middle East. In 2006, he joined the Office of Legislative Counsel for the Oregon Legislative Assembly where he serves as counsel to the 90 members of the Legislature and provides written legal opinions, writes laws, and reviews agency rules, with an emphasis on environmental law and natural resources. Mr. Tookey is an active mentor to law students and works with high school students through the Classroom Law Project and the Imprint Program.
Circuit Courts Recent Appointments
Governor Kitzhaber Appoints Randy Miller to Deschutes County Circuit Court
(Salem, OR) ó Governor Kitzhaber today announced the appointment of Randy Miller to fill the vacancy on the Deschutes County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Barbara Haslinger. Judge Haslingerís retirement was effective June 30, 2014, and Mr. Miller was elected in May to fill the position starting January 1, 2015. The Governorís appointment allows Judge-elect Miller to begin immediately.
"Our circuit courts are an integral part of ensuring access to justice and having judges that are ready, willing, and able to perform their duties is essential," Governor Kitzhaber said. "Randy Miller is eager to begin his service to the people of Deschutes County and the State of Oregon, and I am pleased to help make that possible."
A veteran of the United State Marine Corps, Mr. Miller graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in business management from Linfield College. He received his law degree from Willamette University College of Law. Mr. Miller began private practice as a litigator for Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, transferring to its Bend office in 2006. He later opened a solo practice focusing on civil litigation representing businesses and individuals in commercial, construction, and real estate matters before state and federal courts.
Mr. Millerís prior experience includes serving as a police officer in Sunriver, serving on the board for Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, and volunteering with Special Olympics.
Governor Kitzhaber Appoints Cheryl A. Pellegrini to Marion County Circuit Court
On Friday, February 28, 2014, Governor Kitzhaber announced the appointment of Cheryl A. Pellegrini to fill the vacancy on the Marion County Circuit Court created by the death of Judge Albin Norblad.
The Governor expressed his condolences to Judge Norbladís friends and family. "The Marion County Circuit Court suffered a great loss with the passing of Judge Norblad," said Governor Kitzhaber. "Iím thankful for his many years of service to the people of Marion County and Oregonians statewide."
"I am pleased to appoint Cheryl Pellegrini to this important position because I know sheíll continue this commitment to justice and equality under the law for Marion County residents," said Governor Kitzhaber. "As a seasoned trial litigator, Ms. Pellegrini brings extensive management experience and a broad legal background in the areas of criminal prosecution, consumer protection and civil enforcement, and election law enforcement. She has been a great asset to the state in her many roles at the Oregon Department of Justice and she will be as equally valuable to the Court in her new role as judge."
Ms. Pellegrini received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Oregon. After law school, she started her legal career in Klamath County, where she clerked for a circuit court judge and worked as a Deputy District Attorney, trying a wide mix of criminal cases ranging from theft to aggravated murder. In 1995, she joined the Oregon Department of Justice where, for nearly 19 years, she has served in attorney and management positions in multiple divisions throughout the department, including serving as the Attorney-in-Charge of the Organized Crime Section in the Criminal Justice Division; the Deputy Chief Counsel for the Civil Enforcement Division; and most recently as Chief Trial Counsel of the Trial Division. Ms. Pellegrini is active in the Marion County Bar Association and the Willamette Valley Inns of Court.
Governor Kitzhaber Appoints Karen Ostrye to the Circuit Court for the Seventh Judicial District
(Salem, OR) ó Governor Kitzhaber today announced the appointment of Karen Ostrye to fill the vacancy on the Circuit Court for the Seventh Judicial District created by the retirement of Judge Paul Crowley. The Seventh Judicial District encompasses Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman, Wasco, and Wheeler Counties
“Karen Ostrye’s broad experience in both civil and criminal law and her demonstrated commitment to the community make her the ideal person for this appointment,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “I have no doubt that she will contribute immensely to the court’s work and serve the five-county judicial district with distinction.”
Ms. Ostrye graduated from both Portland Community College and Portland State University before receiving her law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School. She has been in private practice her entire career, first as an associate and eventually as a partner at Jaques, Sharp, Sherrerd, FitzSimons & Ostrye. With extensive litigation experience, Ms. Ostrye has handled cases in areas such as family law, juvenile delinquency and dependency, and employment law.
Ms. Ostrye’s community involvement has included serving as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge and on various boards, including the Hood River County School District, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and the Mid-Columbia County Bar Association. Her volunteer work earned her the recognition as mentor of the year in 2012 from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge.
Governor Kitzhaber Appoints Beth Roberts to the Washington County Circuit Court
On March 5, 2014, Governor Kitzhaber announced the appointment of Beth Roberts to fill the vacancy on the Washington County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Rita Batz Cobb.
"Beth Roberts brings a compelling life story and deep knowledge of criminal and family law to the Washington County Circuit Court," said Governor Kitzhaber. "As a deputy district attorney, she has been dedicated to programs beyond the courtroom that help to improve lives in the community. I am confident she will bring that commitment and compassion to her new role as a judge."
Ms. Roberts graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science in business and accounting. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. Ms. Roberts began her legal career as a solo practitioner handling domestic relations and real estate matters, also working with Legal Aid to provide assistance to low-income clients. She worked briefly as a compliance officer for the Financial and Corporate Securities Division of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services before joining the Washington County District Attorney's Office in 1999. As a deputy district attorney, Ms. Roberts handled a number of different assignments, including working in the child support division and as the representative to the Washington County Drug Court Program.
Ms. Roberts has shown her commitment to Washington County through her service as a deputy district attorney and other community activities. In addition to participating in the Oregon State Bar and the Washington County Bar Association, she is a volunteer with Big Brother/Big Sister of Washington County.