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. Thirty-two candidates have submitted information for this appointment. Details available here.




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.


JEFFERSON/CROOK COUNTY
On March 9, 2017, Governor Brown announced she was accepting applications for the judicial position on the Jefferson/Crook County Circuit Court to fill the vacancy created by the planned retirement of Judge Gary Lee Williams. Application has closed and four candidates have submitted information for this appointment. 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. Details available here.


RECENT APPOINTMENTS


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/).





Jefferson/Crook County Circuit Court Vacancy


The following candidates have submitted materials to the Governor’s Office for the Jefferson/Crook 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.

Gassner, Timothy
Reid, Jered
Vitolins, Daina
Whiting, Wade
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


(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown is accepting applications to fill a judicial vacancy on the Multnomah County Circuit Court created Judge Diana Stuart's retirement. Governor Brown thanked Judge Stuart for her dedicated judicial service, and announced today that she will fill the position by appointment. Judge Stuart’s retirement takes effect June 30, 2017.

Governor Brown has been informed by the Presiding Judge of Multnomah County that the judge appointed to this position will be assigned to the Multnomah County Circuit Court’s Family Law Department.

Interested applicants should mail or deliver their completed application forms to:
Benjamin Souede
General Counsel, Office of the Governor
900 Court Street NE, Ste. 160
Salem, OR 97301-4047

Forms must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, June 12, 2017. Forms emailed by 5 p.m. on the closing date will be considered timely so long as original signed forms postmarked by the closing date are later received. Please note that the judicial interest form has been updated.

Governor 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(2) further provides: “[e]ach judge of the circuit court shall be a resident of or have a principal office in the judicial district for which the judge is elected or appointed, except that in any judicial district having a population of 500,000 or more, according to the latest federal decennial census, any judge of the circuit court may reside within 10 miles of the boundary of the judicial district.”  Multnomah County has a population in excess of 500,000.  ORS 3.041(5) provides the required length of time for the residency requirements.

For more information 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.

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.

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/).