Judicial Vacancies Overview



FEDERAL MAGISTRATE OPENING






OREGON SUPREME COURT
OREGON COURT OF APPEALS


RECENT APPOINTMENTS


OREGON SUPREME COURT/OREGON COURT OF APPEALS
On December 7, 2015, Governor Kate Brown announced she will appoint Lynn R. Nakamoto to the Oregon Supreme Court, as well as Roger J. DeHoog and Scott A. Shorr to the Oregon Court of Appeals. Nakamoto is a judge on the Court of Appeals and will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Virginia L. Linder. DeHoog is a judge on the Deschutes County Circuit Court and will fill the vacancy created by Nakamoto’s elevation to the Supreme Court. Shorr is currently managing shareholder at the Portland law firm Stoll Berne and will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Judge Rick Haselton. All three appointments will be effective January 1, 2016. Details available here.






OREGON CIRCUIT COURTS


RECENT VACANCIES


DESCHUTES COUNTY
On December 17, 2015, Governor Brown announced she is accepting applications for the judicial position on the Deschutes County Circuit Court to fill the seat vacated by the appointment of Judge Roger DeHoog to the Court of Appeals. 8 candidates have submitted information for appointment. Details available here.


MULTNOMAH COUNTY
On November 10, 2015, Governor Brown announced she is accepting applications for the judicial positions on the Multnomah County Circuit Court to fill the seat vacated by the retirements of Judge Alicia A. Fuchs. 28 candidates have submitted information for appointment. Details available here.






RECENT APPOINTMENTS

KLAMATH COUNTY
On January 19, 2016, Governor Brown announced the appointment of Andrea M. Janney and to the Klamath County Circuit Court to fill the seat created by the retirement of Judge Rodger J. Isaacson. Details available here.


MARION COUNTY
On January 19, 2016, Governor Brown announced the appointment of J. Channing Bennett and Sean E. Armstrong and to the Marion County Circuit Court to fill the seats vacated by the retirements of Presiding Judge Jamese Rhoades and Judge Dennis J. Graves. Details available here.


WASHINGTON COUNTY
On January 19, 2016, Governor Brown announced the appointment of Theodore E. Sims to the Washington County Circuit Court to fill the seat vacated by the retirement of Judge Thomas W. Kohl. Details available here.






Oregon Supreme Court
Oregon Court of Appeals - Recent Appointments



Governor Brown Announces Appointments to the Oregon Supreme Court and Court of Appeals


Historic appointments include first Asian Pacific American on Supreme Court, second Asian Pacific American on Court of Appeals

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced she will appoint Lynn R. Nakamoto to the Oregon Supreme Court, as well as Roger J. DeHoog and Scott A. Shorr to the Oregon Court of Appeals. Nakamoto is a judge on the Court of Appeals and will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Virginia L. Linder. DeHoog is a judge on the Deschutes County Circuit Court and will fill the vacancy created by Nakamoto’s elevation to the Supreme Court. Shorr is currently managing shareholder at the Portland law firm Stoll Berne and will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Judge Rick Haselton. All three appointments will be effective January 1, 2016.

Nakamoto, who was appointed to the Court of Appeals in January 2011 by Governor Kulongoski, will be the first Asian Pacific American ever to serve on the Oregon Supreme Court. Before her appointment to the Court of Appeals, Nakamoto was managing shareholder of the Portland law firm Markowitz Herbold, where she worked from 1989 to 2011. While there, she had a business and employment litigation practice. Nakamoto began her career representing indigent clients. She was a staff attorney for Marion-Polk Legal Aid Service in Salem from 1987 to 1989, and, before that, for Bronx Legal Services in New York City from 1985 to 1987. She received her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and her J.D. from New York University School of Law.

DeHoog is a respected judge on the Deschutes County Circuit Court, appointed by Governor Kitzhaber in 2012. Before his appointment to the trial court bench, DeHoog was a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Oregon Department of Justice’s Special Litigation Unit, which handles major state litigation including environmental, constitutional, and consumer protection laws. Prior to joining the Oregon Department of Justice in 2008, DeHoog was in private practice in Bend handling criminal defense and domestic relations cases. DeHoog began his career at the Deschutes County Public Defenders' Office, where he worked from 1993 to 2000. DeHoog received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from the University of Oregon Law School. He will be the second Asian Pacific American ever to serve on the Oregon Court of Appeals. DeHoog will also be the only judge on either of Oregon’s appellate courts from outside the Willamette Valley.

Shorr, managing shareholder at the law firm Stoll Berne, is regarded as one of the state’s top appellate lawyers. Shorr has argued numerous appeals before Oregon’s appellate courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has practiced law at Stoll Berne since 1996, specializing in complex commercial litigation including class actions and securities fraud cases. He began his career as a law clerk for Oregon Supreme Court Justice Richard L. Unis. Shorr received his bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and his J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law.

"Each of these highly-qualified individuals brings a skills set and perspective informed by years of legal experience,” Governor Brown said. “I am grateful to them for stepping up to serve our state in administering justice on behalf of the people of Oregon."







Circuit Courts - Recent Vacancies



Deschutes County Circuit Court Vacancy


The following candidates have submitted materials to the Governor’s Office for this 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.


Flint, Bethany P.
Hemphill, Brian T.
Hente, Erika A.
Kropf, Jason S.
Kurzer, Steven M.
Malone, Andrea K.
Moore, Andrew N.
Turner, Brigid K.





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
Bottomly, Leslie G.
Dahlin, Eric L.
Dickison, Lynne A.
Francesconi, Bryan B.
Hagedorn, Joseph S.
Hamalian, Alexander
Hamlin, Bruce C.
Henderson, Charles R.
Herranz, Monica M.
James, Bronson
Johnson Roberts, Mark
Lavin, Andrew M.
Lazenby, Jr., Henry H. “Chip”
McCormack, Christopher A.
Meyer, Scott J.
Oden-Orr, Melvin
Pellikaan, Sandi L.
Ramras, Christopher A.
Russell, Shelley D.
Todd, Steven A.
Van Rysselberghe, Todd
von Ter Stegge, Katharine
Watkins, Ulanda L.
Wren, Geoffrey G.
Wright, Theresa (Terry) L.
Young, Raymond
Zusman, Michael C.







Circuit Courts — Recent Appointments



Governor Brown Appoints Janney to Klamath County Bench, Bennett and Armstrong to Marion County Bench and Sims to Washington County Bench


(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced she will appoint Andrea M. Janney to the Klamath County Circuit Court, J. Channing Bennett and Sean E. Armstrong to the Marion County Circuit Court, and Theodore E. Sims to the Washington County Circuit Court. Ms. Janney will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Rodger J. Isaacson. Mr. Bennett and Mr. Armstrong will, respectively, fill vacancies created by the retirements of Judge Jamese Rhoades and Judge Dennis J. Graves. Mr. Sims will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Thomas W. Kohl.


“Andrea Janney, Channing Bennett, Sean Armstrong, and Ted Sims represent the best of the legal profession,” Governor Brown said. “Oregon’s circuit court judges do the heavy lifting of our justice system. I have every confidence that these four appointees will roll up their sleeves and get to work meting out justice in three of our state’s most vibrant communities.”

Andrea M. Janney, a Klamath County native, is an attorney in private practice in Klamath Falls. In her practice, she primarily represents accused juveniles under a contract with Klamath Defender Services. Janney began her career as a prosecutor in the Klamath County District Attorney’s Office. She graduated from Gonzaga University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, and from Oregon State University in 2000 with a Master of Science in Movement Studies in Disability. She earned a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2005.

J. Channing Bennett, a resident of Dayton, is a referee for Marion County Circuit Court. From 2003 to 2013, Mr. Bennett worked as a civil litigator in private practice at the Salem firm Garrett Hermann Robertson PC, first as an associate and then as a partner. Prior to that, from 1997 to 2003, Mr. Bennett worked at law firms in Boston. Mr. Bennett attended law school at Boston College Law School, from which he graduated in 1997, and attended college at the University of Arizona, from which he graduated in 1994. Mr. Bennett pursued a career in law after working as a chef. He earned an associate’s and a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts and food service management, respectively, from Johnson & Wales University.

Sean E. Armstrong, a resident of Salem, is a family law attorney. He is a shareholder at the Salem firm Garrett Hermann Robertson PC, where he has worked since 2004. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Armstrong worked as an associate attorney at another Salem firm, Clark Lindauer Fetherston Edmonds & Lippold. He attended George Mason University School of Law in Virginia from 1997 to 2000, and attended Lewis & Clark Law School for his final year of law school. He graduated from the College of William & Mary in 1992. Mr. Armstrong began his career as a police officer with the Alexandria (Virginia) Police Department, serving from 1994 to 2000.

Theodore E. Sims, a resident of Tigard, is an attorney in private practice, representing clients in a wide range of civil matters, including personal injury, family law, and probate cases. He has worked at his own firm for his entire career. He graduated from Willamette University Law School in 1980. He also attended Willamette University for college, graduating in 1977.