Judicial Vacancies Overview




On April 30, 2015, Governor Brown is accepting applications for the judicial position on the Multnomah County Circuit Court to fill the seat vacated by the retirement of Judge Paula J. Kurshner. 19 candidates have submitted information for appointment. Details available here .


On May 15, 2015, Governor Brown announced the appointment of Karrie K. McIntyre to the Lane County Circuit Court to fill the opening created by the retirement of Judge Cynthia D. Carlson. Details available here.

Circuit Courts - Recent Vacancies

Multnomah County Circuit Court Vacancy

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown announced today that she is accepting applications for a judicial vacancy on the Multnomah County Circuit Court that will be created when Judge Paula J. Kurshner retires effective May 31, 2015. The position will be filled by appointment. Governor Brown thanked Judge Kurshner for her exemplary judicial service.
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.
Anyone interested in filling the position must submit an Interest Form for Judicial Appointments to the Governor’s Office. Applicants should mail or deliver the form to: Ben Souede, General Counsel, Office of the Governor, 900 Court Street NE, Salem, OR 97301-4047. Forms must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 25, 2015. Forms faxed or e-mailed by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date will be considered timely so long as the original signed form is postmarked by the closing date. 
Governor Brown fills judicial vacancies based on merit. She encourages applications from lawyers from 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 states: "[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.
To receive answers to questions about the appointment process, or to request an interest form, contact Jen Andrew at 503-378-6246. The Interest Form for Judicial Appointments is also available online at http://www.oregon.gov/gov/Pages/judicial.aspx.

Following the application deadline, the bar may conduct a preference poll of the candidates who apply for this position. If you have questions or comments about the Oregon State Bar’s process, please contact Amanda Lunsford at alunsford@osbar.org or 1-800-452-8260, ext. 376.

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

Thomas A. Bittner
Deanna L. Franco (Richardson)
Alexander Hamalian
Patrick W. Henry
K. Lisabeth Kaufman
Mark Kramer
Alec J. Laidlaw
Andrew E. Long
Shelly Matthys
Melvin Oden-Orr
Mark Johnson Roberts
Theodore E. Sims
Cara J. Smith
Monica Smith-Herranz
Xiomara Torres Mattson
F.G. (Jamie) Troy II
Todd L. Van Rysselberghe
Raymond P. Young
Theresa L. Wright

Circuit Courts — Recent Appointments

Lane County Circuit Court Appointment

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown announced today the appointment of Karrie K. McIntyre to fill the vacancy on the Lane County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Cynthia D. Carlson. Governor Brown noted the high caliber of the pool of candidates for this position and appreciated input from members of the Lane County bench and bar.
“Karrie McIntyre is distinguished by her broad range of experience and the widespread respect and admiration of her colleagues,” Governor Brown said. “She brings to the Lane County bench expertise in criminal law, juvenile law, and family law. The citizens of Lane County will benefit from her passionate commitment to ensuring equal justice to all litigants. She will make an outstanding judge.”
Ms. McIntyre received a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon School of Law. She began her legal career as a law clerk  for the Hon. Mary Ann Bearden, Lane County Circuit Court (retired). She then became an Assistant District Attorney handling a range of cases from misdemeanors to complex cases involving vehicular homicides, financial fraud, elder abuse, and sex trafficking. Ms. McIntyre also spent several years training law enforcement personnel on constitutional law, criminal statutes, and juvenile law, while also handling a domestic relations practice in Lane County.
Ms. McIntyre has been actively involved in the community, serving on a variety of boards including the Lane County Elder Abuse Multi-Disciplinary Team, Lane County Women Lawyers Steering Committee, Lane County Bar Family Law Section, and Lane County Bar Association. Ms. McIntyre also currently serves as Chair of the Lane County Family Law Advisory Committee.