Oregon Judicial Vacancies



FEDERAL VACANCIES


Application deadline extended for federal judicial vacancies
The application deadline has been extended for the federal judicial vacancy for the Oregon seat on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the vacancy for the U.S. District Court for Oregon. After reviewing applications, the Judicial Selection Committee found that the applicant pool was not as geographically diverse as they had hoped. The Selection Committee decided to reopen the application process through December 1st, 2017 to allow for the inclusion of any applicants that may not have previously been aware of the opportunity.
Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, resume and application found here to the attention of Elise Downing: Elise_Downing@Wyden.senate.gov in Senator Wyden’s office by close of business on December 1st, 2017.
Finalists will be chosen by the selection committee for the each of the federal court positions and will be forwarded to the White House for consideration.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals vacancy arose when Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain took senior status at the end of last year. The vacancy for the U.S. District Court for Oregon was created when Judge Anna Brown took senior status in July.





OREGON SUPREME COURT


RECENT VACANCIES


The following is a list of highly qualified candidates for the Oregon Supreme Court Court Vacancy. Comments on any of the candidates can be made to General Counsel at Governor Kate Brown’s Office, Misha Isaak, (503) 378-6246, or misha.isaak@oregon.gov. Allen, Beth
Cook, Nena
Kasubhai, Mustafa
Lagesen, Erin
Nelson, Adrienne
Ortega, Darleen
Runkles-Pearson, P.K.
Shorr, Scott
Tookey, Douglas

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). All applications to OJDC are due no later than the deadline for the application forms to the Governor.





OREGON TAX COURT


Governor Brown Appoints Robert Manicke to Oregon Tax Court


(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will appoint Robert T. Manicke to be judge of the Oregon Tax Court. Mr. Manicke will fill a vacancy created by the impending retirement of Judge Henry C. Breithaupt. The appointment of Mr. Manicke is effective January 1, 2018.

“Robert Manicke is one of Oregon’s leading experts on tax law and policy — I have consulted him myself when grappling with challenging taxation issues,” Governor Brown said. “His brilliant mind, even temperament, and commitment to public service make him perfectly suited to be our state’s only tax judge.”

Mr. Manicke heads the Benefits, Tax, and Private Client group at the Portland law firm Stoel Rives LLP, where he has practiced for 22 years. He advises clients about and litigates complex issues of state, local, and employment taxation. He earlier worked at a predecessor to the firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in San Francisco, from 1992 to 1995. Before that, from 1984 to 1989, Mr. Manicke worked at a predecessor to the firm Sussman Shank LLP in Portland. He attended law school at the University of Illinois and college at Willamette University.

Mr. Manicke has chaired the Oregon State Bar Tax Laws Committee, the Oregon State Bar Taxation Section, and the Oregon Business Association’s Business & Finance Committee. He is Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany for Oregon and Idaho, dean of the Oregon Consular Corps, and chair of the Oregon Consular Corps Scholarship Fund.  





OREGON CIRCUIT COURTS


RECENT VACANCIES


DESCHUTES
On November 28, 2017, Governor Brown announced she was accepting applications for the judicial position on the Deschutes County Circuit Court created by the planned retirement of Judge Alta Brady. Details available here.


JOSEPHINE
On October 24, 2017, Governor Brown announced she was accepting applications for the judicial position on the Josephine County Circuit Court created by the planned retirement of Judge Michael Newman. Application has closed and two candidates have submitted information for this appointment. Details available here.


RECENT APPOINTMENTS


COOS/CURRY COUNTY
On Dec. 1, 2017, Governor Brown announced she will appoint Brett A. Pruess to the Fifteenth Judicial District Circuit Court, covering Coos and Curry Counties. Mr. Combs will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Paula M. Bechtold. The appointment is effective immediately. Details available here.


COOS/CURRY COUNTY
On Nov. 2, 2017, Governor Brown announced she will appoint Andrew E. Combs to the Fifteenth Judicial District Circuit Court, covering Coos and Curry Counties. Mr. Combs will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Richard L. Barron. The appointment is effective immediately. Details available here.


LINN
On Oct. 19, 2017, Governor Brown announced she will appoint Fay Stetz-Waters to the Linn County Circuit Court. Ms. Stetz-Waters will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Carol R. Bispham Hashagen, who retired in June. The appointment is effective immediately. Details available here.


POLK/COLUMBIA COUNTY
On Dec. 8, 2017, Governor Brown announced she will appoint Rafael A. Caso to the Polk County Circuit Court and Diana M. Shera Taylor to the Columbia County Justice Court. Mr. Caso fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Sally L. Avera, and his appointment is effective immediately. Ms. Shera Taylor fills a vacancy created by the impending retirement of Judge Wally Thompson, and her appointment is effective January 1, 2018. Details available here.


WASHINGTON
On November 9, 2017, Governor Brown announced she will appoint Danielle J. Hunsaker for the judicial position on the Washington County Circuit Court created by the planned retirement of Judge Suzanne Upton. Details available here.








Circuit Courts - Recent Vacancies



Deschutes 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, Misha Isaak, (503) 378-6246, or misha.isaak@oregon.gov.

Bell, Christopher
Crutchley, Raymond
Doyle, Andrew
Kropf, Jason
Mensing, Stephen
Sykora, Alycia
Turner, Brigid
Weikel-Magden, Owyhee
Wirtz, Joel
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). All applications to OJDC are due no later than the deadline for the application forms to the Governor.





Josephine County Circuit Court Vacancy


The following candidates have submitted materials to the Governor’s Office for the Josephine County Circuit Court vacancy. Comments on any of the candidates can be made to General Counsel at Governor Kate Brown’s Office, Misha Isaak, (503) 378-6246, or misha.isaak@oregon.gov.

Bain, Robert
Thorpe, Amanda
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). All applications to OJDC are due no later than the deadline for the application forms to the Governor.




Circuit Courts — Recent Appointments

Coos/Curry County Circuit Court Appointment


(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown announced today that she will appoint Brett A. Pruess to the Fifteenth Judicial District Circuit Court, covering Coos and Curry Counties. Mr. Pruess will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Paula M. Bechtold. The appointment is effective immediately.
 
“Brett Pruess has dedicated his legal career to providing representation to low-income members of the South Coast community,” Governor Brown said. “As a judge, he will ensure that everyone who enters his courtroom, no matter how disempowered, gets a fair shake.”
 
Mr. Pruess has worked at the Oregon Law Center in Coos Bay, advocating for low-income Oregonians, since 2010. He rose to managing attorney there. His practice at the Oregon Law Center includes family law, civil rights, and landlord-tenant disputes. Before becoming  a lawyer, Mr. Pruess worked as a backcountry crew leader in Yellowstone National Park and served in the Peace Corps in Bolivia. He attended law school at the University of Wisconsin and college at Montana State University–Bozeman.
 
Mr. Pruess was a founding board member of the Coos Bay Chapter of Surfrider, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves, and beaches. He serves as a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Southwestern Oregon and the Lighthouse School, a public charter school. He also serves as a member of the Civil Justice Initiative Task Force and the Coos Hispanic Leadership Committee.
 
This is Governor Brown’s second appointment to the bench in Coos and Curry Counties in recent weeks. She earlier appointed Andrew E. Combs to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Richard L. Barron.





Coos Curry County Circuit Court Appointment


(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown announced today that she will appoint Andrew E. Combs to the Fifteenth Judicial District Circuit Court, covering Coos and Curry Counties. Mr. Combs will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Richard L. Barron. The appointment is effective immediately.

“Andrew Combs has earned a reputation for integrity and hard work,” Governor Brown said. “Raised in the local community, Mr. Combs will enrich the bench with a mild manner and a sharp intellect.”

Mr. Combs has been a civil lawyer in Coos County since 2004, focusing on business law, estates, real property, and litigation. He rose to partner at the firm Whitty, McDaniel, Bodkin & Combs. He attended college and law school at the University of Oregon, graduating in 2000 and 2004, respectively. Since 2015, Mr. Combs has served the Coos County Circuit Court as a pro tempore judge; before that, from 2005 to 2014, Mr. Combs was a municipal judge in Powers.

Mr. Combs grew up in the town of Dora. His family has lived in Coos County since the 1870s. He maintains an active pro bono practice, serves on the Myrtle Point School Board, and is a member of the Coos County Local Alcohol Drug Planning Committee..



Linn County Circuit Court Appointment


(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will appoint Fay Stetz-Waters to the Linn County Circuit Court. Ms. Stetz-Waters will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Carol R. Bispham Hashagen, who retired in June. The appointment is effective immediately.

“Fay Stetz-Waters brings the experience of a marine, a civil rights investigator, and an administrative law judge to the Linn County bench,” Governor Brown said. “She will be balanced, fair, and compassionate — and also tough — as a trial court judge. She is a good fit for the community she has called home for more than a decade.”

Ms. Stetz-Waters is a civil rights investigator at Oregon State University. Before that, she worked as a hearings officer at the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision. She earlier worked as an administrative law judge in the State’s Office of Administrative Hearings, adjudicating cases for the Employment Department. She began her career at Legal Aid in Albany, representing indigent clients in civil cases. 

Ms. Stetz-Waters is a graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School and Trinity College. Before college, Ms. Stetz-Waters served in the United States Marine Corps. An active member of the community, she has served as president of Linn-Benton Women Lawyers, vice president of the Linn-Benton Bar Association, and as a board member of the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence.



Polk/Columbia County Appointments


(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will appoint Rafael A. Caso to the Polk County Circuit Court and Diana M. Shera Taylor to the Columbia County Justice Court. Mr. Caso fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Sally L. Avera, and his appointment is effective immediately. Ms. Shera Taylor fills a vacancy created by the impending retirement of Judge Wally Thompson, and her appointment is effective January 1, 2018.
 
“Rafael Caso and Diana Shera Taylor will take the bench already having a wealth of judicial experience between them,” Governor Brown said. “They will bring fairness, impartiality, and a commitment to justice and public service to their new judicial positions.”
 
Mr. Caso is a hearings referee and judge pro tempore on the Marion County Circuit Court. He worked as a trial attorney at the Oregon Department of Justice from 2013 to 2016. Before that, from 2007 to 2013, Mr. Caso worked as a prosecutor in the Josephine County District Attorney’s Office. He completed law school at Florida Coastal School of Law and college at Boise State University. He coaches the mock trial team at West Salem High School and mentors law students at Willamette University Law School.
 
Ms. Shera Taylor is an attorney in private practice and works as a mediator and arbitrator on various types of cases. She also serves as a judge pro tempore on the Columbia County Justice Court. Ms. Shera Taylor has previously served as a municipal court judge in various jurisdictions in Columbia County, including St. Helens (2005 to 2011), Scappoose (2000 to 2011), Columbia City (1996 to 2005), and Clatskanie (2000 to 2003). She attended law school at Golden Gate University School of Law and college at San Francisco State University. She currently chairs the Columbia County Family Law Advisory Committee and the Columbia County Behavioral Health Advisory Committee.





Washington County Circuit Court Appointment


(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will appoint Danielle J. Hunsaker to the Washington County Circuit Court. Ms. Hunsaker will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Suzanne M. Upton. The appointment is effective immediately.
 
“Danielle Hunsaker will bring a genuine expertise in complex civil litigation to the Washington County bench,” Governor Brown said. “She is known as a brilliant legal mind and a workhorse, qualities that she will put to work bringing justice to one of Oregon’s busiest courthouses.”
 
Ms. Hunsaker is a partner at the Portland law firm Larkins Vacura Kayser LLP, where she has litigated complex civil cases since 2009. She is also an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Law School, where she teaches civil procedure. Ms. Hunsaker previously worked at the law firm Stoel Rives LLP, and has clerked for judges of the Ninth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals and the federal district court in Oregon.  She earned a law degree and a bachelor’s degree at the University of Idaho, and an associate’s degree at Ricks College.
 
Ms. Hunsaker is president of the Washington County Bar Association and vice president of the Federal Bar Association’s Oregon chapter. She also serves as a board member of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society in Oregon, an organization of Mormon lawyers. She has served on professional committees of the Oregon State Bar, Oregon Women Lawyers, and the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, among others.