Oregon Judicial Vacancies



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


RECENT VACANCIES


The following is a list of highly qualified candidates for the Oregon Tax 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.

Boomer, Allison
Manicke, Robert
Rastetter, Kathleen

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 Nov. 2, 2017, Governor Brown announced she is soliciting Interest Forms for a second vacancy on the Fifteenth Judicial District Circuit Court, created by the retirement of Judge Paula M. Bechtold. Application has closed and nine candidates have submitted information for this appointment. 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.


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. Application has closed and four candidates have submitted information for this appointment. Details available here.


RECENT APPOINTMENTS


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.


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



Coos/Curry County Circuit Court Vacancies


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.

Dyer, Kate
Inokuchi, Rick
Lowe, Stacey
Lowry, Greta
Manske, Robert
Monsebroten, James
Rodighiero, Ryan
Terry, Patrick
von Hippel, James
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.





Polk County Circuit Court Vacancy


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

Rafael Caso
Jayme Kimberly
Timothy Park
Steven Walls
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 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.



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.