Judicial Vacancies Overview




On November 18, 2014, Governor Kitzhaber announced a vacancy on the Lane County Circuit Court to fill the opening created by the retirement of Judge Cynthia Carlson. Details available here.


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.

Circuit Courts - Recent Vacancies

Governor Kitzhaber Announces Lane County Circuit Court Vacancy

(Salem, OR) — Governor John Kitzhaber announced today that he is accepting applications for the judicial position on the Lane County Circuit Court to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Cynthia Carlson, effective December 31, 2014. The Governor thanked Judge Carlson for her service to Lane County and said he will fill the position by appointment.

The following candidates have submitted materials to the Governor's Office for the Douglas County Circuit Court vacancy. Comments on any of the candidates can be made to General Counsel at Governor John Kitzhaber's Office, Liani Reeves, (503) 378-8636, or liani.reeves@state.or.us.

Elizabeth J.C. Baker
Rogelio C. Cassol
James C. Chaney
Eric S. DeFreest
Debra E. Velure

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.