Oregon Judicial Vacancies



FEDERAL VACANCIES


Applications are now being accepted through October 1 for two federal judicial vacancies. 

The first judicial vacancy is for the Oregon seat on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The second judicial vacancy is for the U.S. District Court for Oregon.

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 the October 1, 2017 deadline. 

Finalists will be chosen by a selection committee for the pair of 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


On September 22, 2017, Governor Kate Brown announced she is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Oregon Supreme Court created by the upcoming retirement of Justice Jack L. Landau. Governor Brown thanked Justice Landau for his dedicated judicial service, and announced that she will fill the position by appointment. The retirement of Justice Landau is effective Dec. 31, 2017, and the appointee will be expected to begin judicial service immediately thereafter.

Governor Brown fills judicial vacancies based on merit. She encourages applications from lawyers with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Interested applicants should mail or deliver an Appellate/Supreme Court Interest form to:

Misha Isaak, General Counsel
Office of the Governor
900 Court Street NE, Suite 254
Salem, OR 97301-4047

Forms must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9. Forms emailed by 5 p.m. on the closing date will be deemed timely received so long as a later-received original and signed form is postmarked by the closing date. Applicants are required to complete the Appellate/Supreme Court Interest form and not the Circuit Court Interest form.

ORS 2.020 provides that a judge of the Supreme Court must be a citizen of the United States, have resided in Oregon for at least three years before their appointment, and have been admitted to practice in Oregon before standing for election.

To receive answers to questions about the appointment process, or to request an interest form, contact Shevaun Gutridge at 503-378-6246 or shevaun.gutridge@oregon.gov. The Appellate/Supreme Court Judicial Interest Form is 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). All applications to OJDC are due no later than the deadline for the application forms to the Governor.





OREGON TAX COURT


RECENT VACANCIES


On September 15, 2017, Governor Kate Brown (Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown announced today she is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Oregon Tax Court created by the upcoming retirement of Judge Henry C. Breithaupt. Governor Brown thanked Judge Breithaupt for his dedicated judicial service, and announced that she will fill the position by appointment. The retirement of Judge Breithaupt is effective December 31, 2017, and the appointee will be expected to begin judicial service immediately thereafter.

The Governor’s Office will use its standard Circuit Court interest form for this Oregon Tax Court vacancy.  Interested applicants should mail or deliver completed interest forms to: Misha Isaak, General Counsel, Office of the Governor, 900 Court Street NE, Ste. 254, Salem, OR 97301-4047. Forms must be received by 5:00 p.m. on October 2, 2017. Forms emailed by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date will be considered timely so long as original signed forms postmarked by the closing date are later received.

Governor Brown fills judicial vacancies based on merit. She encourages applications from lawyers with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.

ORS 305.455 provides that a judge of the tax court must be a citizen of the United States and of Oregon, must be admitted to practice law in Oregon, and must have been practicing for at least three years as an attorney or judge in Oregon.

To receive answers to questions about the appointment process, or to request an interest form, contact Shevaun Gutridge at 503-378-6246 or shevaun.gutridge@oregon.gov.

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 CIRCUIT COURTS


RECENT VACANCIES


COOS/CURRY COUNTY
On May 31, 2017, Governor Brown announced she was accepting applications for a judicial vacancy on the Coos/Curry County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Richard Barron. Application has closed and five candidates have submitted information for this appointment. Details available here.


LINN
On June 9, 2017, Governor Brown announced she was accepting applications for a pending judicial vacancy on the Linn County Circuit Court created by the planned retirement of Judge Carol Bispham Hashagen. Application has closed and eleven candidates have submitted information for this appointment. Details available here.


POLK
On September 8, 2017, Governor Brown announced she was accepting applications for the judicial position on the Polk County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Sally Avera. Details available here.


WASHINGTON
On July 5, 2017, Governor Brown announced she was accepting applications for the judicial position on the Washington County Circuit Court created by the planned retirement of Judge Suzanne Upton. Application has closed and nine candidates have submitted information for this appointment. Details available here.


RECENT APPOINTMENTS


MULTNOMAH
On Sept. 13, 2017, Governor Brown announced she will appoint Patricia McGuire to the Multnomah County Circuit Court. Ms. McGuire will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Diana I. Stuart. Her position will be assigned to the court’s Family Department. Details available here.



Governor Brown Appoints Judges to Oregon Court of Appeals,
Multnomah County Circuit Court and Clackamas County Circuit Court 


(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced eight appointments to fill judicial vacancies on Oregon’s courts.  These appointments are effective July 17, 2017.
 
The Oregon Court of Appeals presently has three vacancies, created by the elevations of Justice Meagan A. Flynn and Justice Rebecca A. Duncan to the Oregon Supreme Court, and by the retirement of Judge Timothy J. Sercombe.  To these vacant positions Governor Brown appoints Robyn E. Ridler Aoyagi (Position 4), Judge Bronson James (Position 2), and Steven R. Powers (Position 7).
 
The Clackamas County Circuit Court presently has two vacancies, created by the retirements of Judge Deanne L. Darling and Judge Eve L. Miller.  To these vacant positions Governor Brown appoints Ulanda L. Watkins (Position 9) and Representative Ann Lininger (Position 2).
 
The Multnomah County Circuit Court presently has three vacancies, created by the retirements of Judge Henry Kantor and Judge Julie E. Franz, and by the elevation of Judge Bronson James to the Oregon Court of Appeals.  To these vacant positions Governor Brown appoints Katharine von Ter Stegge (Position 10), Christopher A. Ramras (Position 15), and Benjamin N. Souede (Position 30).
 
“Oregonians will be rightly proud to welcome this group of exceedingly talented and diverse lawyers into judicial service,” Governor Brown said.  “These appointments draw from every corner of the legal profession: prosecutors and defenders of the accused, advocates for injured persons, civil defense attorneys, government lawyers, and even a state representative.  This group entrusts some of Oregon’s finest lawyers with the fair and impartial administration of justice in our state.”
 
Reflecting on the retirements of Judges Sercombe, Darling, Miller, Kantor, and Frantz, Governor Brown said: “For decades, these five judges have kept the wheels of justice rolling forward.  They have worked tirelessly to ensure that every litigant who came before them was afforded the full and equal protection of our laws.  Our state owes a deep debt of gratitude to these fine public servants.”
 
Court of Appeals
 
Robyn E. Ridler Aoyagi is a trial and appellate litigator at the Tonkon Torp law firm, where she has worked since 2000.  She began her legal career as a law clerk on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.  She is a graduate of Tufts University and Harvard Law School.  She is a member of the board of directors of Portland Story Theater and recently chaired a project on e-briefing for the American Bar Association Council of Appellate Lawyers, of which she is an executive board member.  She also is past chair of the Oregon State Bar Appellate Practice Section Executive Committee.
 
Bronson James is a judge on the Multnomah County Circuit Court.  Before his appointment to the bench in February 2016, he represented injured plaintiffs and criminal defendants at his own firm.  Before going into private practice, Judge James worked as an appellate public defender from 2005 to 2010, and at the company iPSpecialties, LLC, as its general counsel.  He is a graduate of Reed College and Lewis and Clark Law School.  In addition to his professional committee work, he organizes a group that cooks monthly dinners for the homeless at Transitions Projects NW.
 
Steven R. Powers is an insurance coverage and appellate lawyer at the law firm Parsons Farnell & Grein, LLP, where he has worked since 2015.  From 2011 to 2015, Mr. Powers was deputy general counsel and public safety policy advisor in the Office of the Governor.  Mr. Powers earlier served as a Deputy District Attorney for Multnomah County, an appellate attorney at the Oregon Department of Justice, and as Chairperson of the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision.  Mr. Powers began his career as a petitions law clerk at the Oregon Supreme Court.  He is a graduate of Western State College of Colorado and Willamette University College of Law.  He is a founding board member of the Oregon Filipino American Lawyers Association.
 
Clackamas County Circuit Court
 
Ulanda L. Watkins is a managing attorney at the insurance company GEICO, where she has worked since 2011.  From 1996 to 2011, she was a criminal defense attorney at the law firm Walker, Warren and Watkins, where she rose to partner.  She is a graduate of Oregon State University and Lewis and Clark Law School.  She is a board member of the Multnomah County Bar Association, a member of the Oregon State Bar’s Region 5 Disciplinary Board, and a volunteer mediator in the Fee Dispute Resolution Program.  Ms. Watkins will be the only person of color actively serving on the Clackamas County bench and the third African American woman judge ever to serve on the state court bench.
 
Ann Lininger is a state representative from Lake Oswego and an attorney with the Metropolitan Public Defender. Lininger previously worked as an business attorney at Buckley Law and as general counsel at Oregon Iron Works.  She has served as a Clackamas County Commissioner, co-director at the Community Development Law Center, and as director of program-related investing at the Meyer Memorial Trust.  Lininger clerked for judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the U.S. District Court. Lininger is is a graduate of Yale University and New York University School of Law. 
 
Multnomah County Circuit Court
 
Katharine von Ter Stegge is an attorney in the Multnomah County Attorney’s Office, where she has worked since 2010.  She previously worked as a trial attorney at the Oregon Department of Justice and as a prosecutor in the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.  She began her career as a law clerk for a federal judge in West Virginia.  She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Virginia School of Law.  She is a member of the Oregon State Bar’s Board of Governors and is president of Queen’s Bench, the Portland-area chapter of Oregon Women Lawyers.  She is a citizen-member of the Independent Police Review Board for the City of Portland and is a volunteer lawyer for the Oregon Crime Victim Law Center.
 
Christopher A. Ramras is a senior deputy district attorney in Multnomah County, where he has worked since 2002.  He previously worked, briefly, at the law firm Smith, Freed and Eberhard.  From 1996 to 2001, Mr. Ramras was a JAG Officer in the United States Air Force, serving as both a military prosecutor and defense attorney.  He is a graduate of University of California San Diego and Willamette University College of Law.  Mr. Ramras is a member of the Alliance for Safer Communities and the Multnomah County Sexual Assault Response Team.  He is also co-captain of a recreational soccer club.
 
Benjamin N. Souede is general counsel in the Office of the Governor, where he has served for the entirety of the Brown Administration.  He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and of Harvard Law School, where he served as Supreme Court Editor of the Harvard Law Review.  He began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Susan P. Graber on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  He then moved to Washington, D.C. to serve as Senior Advisor to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.  He began his private legal practice at the DC-based litigation firm Williams & Connolly LLP.  Upon returning to Portland, he joined Lane Powell PC, and then became a founding attorney of the Angeli Law Group LLC. 
 
Governor’s Office General Counsel
 
Misha Isaak will succeed Ben Souede as general counsel in the Office of the Governor.  Mr. Isaak is currently deputy general counsel. Biographical information about Mr. Isaak is available online.









Circuit Courts - Recent Vacancies



Coos/Curry 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, Ben Souede, (503) 378-8636, or ben.souede@oregon.gov.

Combs, Andrew
Dyer, Kate
Manske, Robert
Monsebroten, James
Terry, Patrick
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.





Linn County Circuit Court Vacancy


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

Boytanao, Janet
Cerda, Coleen
Kane, Brendan
Kittson MaQatish, Rachel
Plagmann, Teri
Roe, Ruth Victoria
Schilling, Tammy
Smith, Keri
Stein, Keith
Stetz-Waters, Fay
Wynhausen, Michael
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/).





Polk County Circuit Court Vacancy


(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown announced today that she is accepting applications for a judicial vacancy on the Polk County Circuit Court created by the planned retirement of Judge Sally Avera. The Governor thanked Judge Avera for her dedicated judicial service, and announced that she will fill the position by appointment. Judge Avera’s retirement takes effect November 30, 2017.
 
Interested applicants should mail or deliver their completed application forms to: Misha Isaak, General Counsel, Office of the Governor, 900 Court Street NE, Salem, OR 97301-4047. Forms must be received by 5 p.m. on September 25, 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. 

Governor Kate 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 requires that this vacancy must be filled by an applicant who is a resident of or has a principal office in Polk County.  ORS 3.041(5) provides the required length of time for the residency requirements.

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





Washington County Circuit Court Vacancy


The following candidates have submitted materials to the Governor’s Office for the Washington 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
Guptill, Rebecca
Hunsaker, Danielle
Jensen, James
Kroll, Edward
Laidlaw, Angela
Neese, Paul
Summer, Miranda
Thompson, Brandon
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

Multnomah County Circuit Court Appointment


(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced she will appoint Patricia McGuire to the Multnomah County Circuit Court.  Ms. McGuire will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Diana I. Stuart. Her position will be assigned to the court’s Family Department.
 
“Pat McGuire will enrich Multnomah County’s family bench with intellectual rigor and empathy for litigants who appear in her courtroom,” Governor Brown said.  “She will treat the most sensitive and important cases – those involving children – with care, thoughtfulness, and compassion.”
 
Ms. McGuire is an attorney in private practice specializing in family law.  She began her career doing complex civil litigation at the national law firm Davis Wright Tremaine, where she rose to be partner and a member of the firm’s executive committee.  In 2007, she formed a small private practice focused on family law.  She has served on the board of Saint Andrews Legal Clinic, as a volunteer for Legal Aid Services of Oregon, and as a coach for Grant High School’s “We the People” constitution team.  Ms. McGuire grew up in Portland, attended Oregon State University for college, and received a law degree at Lewis and Clark Law School.
 
Ms. McGuire is the second African American lawyer that Governor Brown has appointed to the bench, doubling the number of African American judges in Oregon courts.