Oregon Judicial Vacancies

OREGON COURT OF APPEALS


RECENT VACANCIES


OREGON COURT OF APPEALS
On September 20, 2019, Governor Brown announced that she is accepting applications to fill a judicial vacancy on the Oregon Court of Appeals created by the planned retirement of Judge Erika Hadlock. Details available here.




OREGON CIRCUIT COURTS


NEW OPEN POSITIONS


MARION/JACKSON
On August 27, 2019 Governor Brown announced that she is accepting applications to fill judicial vacancies on the Circuit Courts in Marion and Jackson Counties. These new judicial positions were created by the Legislature in House Bill 2377. Details available here.




RECENT VACANCIES


CLATSOP
On August 14, 2019, Governor Brown announced that she is accepting applications for a judicial vacancy on the Clatsop County Circuit Court created by the planned retirement of Judge Paula Brownhill. Details available here.


LINCOLN
On September 5, 2018, Governor Brown announced that she is accepting applications to fill two key roles in Lincoln County’s justice system: a judicial position on the Lincoln County Circuit Court, made vacant by the retirement of Judge Paulette Sanders, and the position of District Attorney, made vacant by the resignation of District Attorney Michelle R. Branam. The Governor thanked Judge Sanders and District Attorney Branam for their dedicated service, and announced that she will fill both positions by appointment. Details available here.


LINN/GRANT/HARNEY
On October 9, 2019 Governor Brown announced that she is accepting applications for judicial vacancies on the Circuit Courts in Linn County and Grant and Harney Counties created by the planned retirements of Judges DeAnn L. Novotny, effective October 31, and W.D. Cramer, effective December 31. Governor Brown thanked Judges Novotny and Cramer for their dedicated judicial service. The governor will fill the positions by appointment. Details available here.


MORROW
On August 6, 2019 Governor Brown announced that she is accepting applications for a judicial vacancy on the Morrow County Justice Court created by the planned retirement of Judge Annetta Spicer. Details available here.


WASHINGTON
On November 12, 2019 Governor Brown announced that she was accepting applications for a judicial vacancy on the Washington County Circuit Court created by the elevation of Judge Danielle Hunsaker to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Governor will fill the position by appointment. She congratulated Judge Hunsaker on her appointment to the Ninth Circuit and thanked her for her dedicated service to the state court bench. Judge Hunsaker’s resignation takes effect when she assumes her new role. Details available here.

The following candidates have submitted materials to the Governor’s Office for this vacancy. Comments on any of the candidates can be made to Deputy General Counsel at Governor Kate Brown’s Office, Dustin Buehler, (503) 378-6246, or dustin.e.buehler@oregon.gov.

Blumenthal, Erik
Decker, Brian
Jensen, James
Kroll, Ed
Lemarr, Kelly
Park, Bumjoon
Riedel, Michael
Summer, Miranda
Stuart, Kimberly
Thompson, Brandon
Velazquez, Amy
Wall, Max
Warren, Ernest






RECENT APPOINTMENTS


BAKER/DESCHUTES/JOSEPHINE
On September 26, 2019, Governor Brown announced that she will appoint judges to positions on circuit courts in Baker County, Deschutes County, and Josephine County. Governor Brown will appoint District Attorney Matthew B. Shirtcliff to a vacancy on the Baker County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Gregory L. Baxter; Alycia N. Sykora to a vacancy on the Deschutes County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge A. Michael Adler; and Sarah E. McGlaughlin and Brandon S. Thueson to vacancies on the Josephine County Circuit Court created by the retirements of Judge Lindi L. Baker and Judge Thomas M. Hull, respectively. Details available here.


LAKE
On August 30, 2019, Governor Brown announced that she will appoint David M. Vandenberg to the Lake County Circuit Court, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Robert F. Nichols, Jr. Details available here.


MULTNOMAH
On Aug. 12, 2019, Governor Brown announced that she will appoint Angela Franco Lucero to the Multnomah County Circuit Court. Ms. Lucero fills the vacancy created by Judge Kenneth R. Walker's recent retirement. Her appointment is effective immediately. Details available here.


MULTNOMAH
On Sep. 11, 2019, Governor Brown announced that she will appoint Morgan Wren Long and F.G. “Jamie” Troy II to the Multnomah County Circuit Court. Long, a juvenile court referee and judge pro tem, will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Maureen McKnight. Troy, a juvenile law attorney, will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Katherine Tennyson. Both positions will be assigned to the court’s Family Department. The appointments are effective immediately. Details available here.






New Open Positions


Governor Brown Announces Open Applications for
Positions on Marion and Jackson County Circuit Courts


The following candidates have submitted materials to the Governor’s Office for the Marion County vacancy. Comments on any of the candidates can be made to Deputy General Counsel at Governor Kate Brown’s Office, Dustin Buehler, (503) 378-6246, or dustin.e.buehler@oregon.gov.

Brown, Jennifer
Dover, Jeffrey
Edmonds, James
Gardiner, Jennifer
Perez, Manual
Queen, Amy
Salinas, Vada
Walls, Steven
White, Tracy
Wilson, Shannon
Zimmerman, Natasha

The following candidates have submitted materials to the Governor’s Office for the Jackson County vacancy. Comments on any of the candidates can be made to Deputy General Counsel at Governor Kate Brown’s Office, Dustin Buehler, (503) 378-6246, or dustin.e.buehler@oregon.gov.

Charter, Joe
Davis, Joseph
Geil, Nicholas
Kochlacs, Charles
Schireman, William
Smith-Norton, Terry
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.





Recent Vacancies

Governor Brown Announces Oregon Court of Appeals Vacancy


The following candidates have submitted materials to the Governor’s Office for this vacancy. Comments on any of the candidates can be made to Deputy General Counsel at Governor Kate Brown’s Office, Dustin Buehler, (503) 378-6246, or dustin.e.buehler@oregon.gov.

Pursuant to OSB Bylaw 2.703, the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors* has approved the following list of candidates deemed “highly qualified” for appointment to the Oregon Court of Appeals:

Bovett, Rob
Coffin, Laura
Kamins, Jackie
Koch, Robert
Perry, Kenneth
Quinn, Julene
Runkles-Pearson, PK

The Board of Governors appreciates that there were many qualified candidates for the positions and that the review process presented a challenging task.

*Please note that BOG member Liani Reeves has abstained from all discussion and votes related to the review of judicial candidates.

**Judge Ramón Pagán withdrew his application for the vacancy.

Following the application deadline, the bar will conduct interviews of the candidates who apply for this position. If you have questions or comments about the Oregon State Bar's process, please contact Susan Grabe at sgrabe@osbar.org or 1-800-452-8260, ext. 380.

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.





Governor Brown Announces Clatsop County Circuit Court Vacancy


The following candidates have submitted materials to the Governor’s Office for this vacancy. Comments on any of the candidates can be made to Deputy General Counsel at Governor Kate Brown’s Office, Dustin Buehler, (503) 378-6246, or dustin.e.buehler@oregon.gov.

Peterson, Beau
Saito, Arthur
Stearns, Kelly
Taylor, Diana
von Boeckmann, James
Wintermute, Kirk
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.





Governor Brown Announces Lincoln County Circuit Court Vacancy


The following candidates have submitted materials to the Governor’s Office for this judicial vacancy. Comments on any of the candidates can be made to Deputy General Counsel at Governor Kate Brown’s Office, Dustin Buehler, (503) 378-6246, or dustin.e.buehler@oregon.gov.

Baldwin, Russell
Benjamin, Amanda
Buckley, Marcia
Park, Kenneth
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.





Governor Brown Announces Open Applications for Positions on Circuit Courts in Linn County and Grant and Harney Counties


The following candidates have submitted materials to the Governor’s Office for this vacancy. Comments on any of the candidates can be made to Deputy General Counsel at Governor Kate Brown’s Office, Dustin Buehler, (503) 378-6246, or dustin.e.buehler@oregon.gov.

Linn County: Cerda, Coleen
Hisey, Jennifer
Kane, Brendan
Plagmann, Teri

Grant/Harney: Lucas, Joseph
Raschio, Robert
Werner, Peter
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.





Governor Brown Announces Morrow County Justice Court Vacancy



(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown announced today that she is accepting applications for a judicial vacancy on the Morrow County Justice Court created by the planned retirement of Judge Annetta Spicer. The Governor thanked Judge Spicer for her dedicated judicial service, and announced that she will fill the position by appointment. Judge Spicer’s retirement takes effect December 31, 2019.

The Governor’s office will use its standard Circuit Court Interest Form for this Justice Court vacancy. Interested applicants should mail or deliver their completed application forms to: Dustin Buehler, Deputy General Counsel, Office of the Governor, 900 Court Street NE, Suite 254, Salem, OR 97301-4047. Forms must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28, 2019. 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 Kate Brown fills judicial vacancies based on merit. She encourages applications from individuals with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. ORS 51.240 sets forth the qualifications for office. Applicants should review the statute to confirm their eligibility for appointment.

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.





Recent Appointments



Governor Brown Appoints Judges to Circuit Courts in Baker, Deschutes, and Josephine Counties

(Salem, OR) — Governor Brown announced today that she will appoint judges to positions on circuit courts in Baker County, Deschutes County, and Josephine County. Governor Brown will appoint District Attorney Matthew B. Shirtcliff to a vacancy on the Baker County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Gregory L. Baxter; Alycia N. Sykora to a vacancy on the Deschutes County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge A. Michael Adler; and Sarah E. McGlaughlin and Brandon S. Thueson to vacancies on the Josephine County Circuit Court created by the retirements of Judge Lindi L. Baker and Judge Thomas M. Hull, respectively.

“I am pleased to appoint this group of exceedingly talented lawyers,” Governor Brown said. “All four of these lawyers have demonstrated a commitment to public service. They will now continue their service to the public by administering Oregon’s justice system from the bench.”

Matthew B. Shirtcliff is the District Attorney of Baker County, a position he has held since 2001. During his service as District Attorney, Shirtcliff has also held positions as County Counsel and the County’s Juvenile Director. Prior to his election as District Attorney in 2001, Shirtcliff was a prosecutor in the Baker County District Attorney’s Office, where he began his career in 1994. Shirtcliff is a graduate of Gonzaga School of Law and Oregon State University. In addition to his service as District Attorney, Shirtcliff is active in the community as a member of the Saint Alphonsus Hospital Board and the Rotary Club of Baker City, and he coaches various youth athletic activities. His appointment is effective November 1, 2019.

Alycia N. Sykora is an attorney in private practice in Bend, as well as a judge pro tempore on the Deschutes County Circuit Court. She has worked in Bend litigating complex civil disputes since 2002. Sykora was previously an associate attorney at Oregon Health and Science University and, earlier, an honors attorney at the Oregon Department of Justice. She began her legal career as a law clerk on the Oregon Supreme Court. Sykora is a graduate of University of Oregon School of Law and University of Michigan. In 2015, Sykora was awarded the Edwin J. Peterson Award for Professionalism from the Oregon State Bar. She authored The Oregon Constitution and Cases and is an editor of the Oregon Constitutional Law Manual. She has served on boards and committees for the Deschutes County Bar Association, the Oregon Chapter of the American Constitution Society, the Oregon State Bar’s Constitutional Law and Appellate Practice Sections, and University of Oregon Law School Alumni Association. Her appointment is effective immediately.

Sarah E. McGlaughlin is a prosecutor in the Josephine County District Attorney’s Office. She previously worked at the Oregon Commission for the Blind. She has also held volunteer law student positions at the Boston Immigration Court, the Boston College Innocence Project Clinic, the New Hampshire Public Defender, and the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders Legal InfoLine. Before pursuing a career in law, McGlaughlin was a paralegal at a firm in New York and a teacher in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. She is a graduate of Boston College Law School and Dartmouth College. Active in the community, McGlaughlin is a board member of the Rogue Valley Transportation District and the Oregon State Bar’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. Her appointment is effective immediately.

Brandon S. Thueson is a child advocacy lawyer at the Oregon Department of Justice, representing the State in juvenile dependency cases in Klamath and Lake Counties. He was previously a prosecutor in the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office. Thueson is also a member of the City Council of Central Point and earlier served as a member of the school board of Logos Public Charter School. He is a graduate of Willamette University College of Law and Brigham Young University – Idaho. Thueson has coached a high school mock trial team and youth soccer and basketball teams. His appointment is effective immediately.




Governor Brown Announces Appointment to Lake County Circuit Court


Governor Brown appointed David M. Vandenberg to the Lake County Circuit Court. Vandenberg is an attorney in private practice in Lakeview, where he has represented clients in criminal and civil cases since 1994. He earlier worked at small private firms in Beaverton. Vandenberg is a graduate of Willamette University College of Law and Southern Oregon State College.

Vandenberg is well-known in the Lakeview community, having grown up there. He has been president of the Lake County Bar Association, a middle school basketball coach, and has served on the boards of various local nonprofit organizations.

“David M. Vandenberg has dedicated his career to providing access to justice for members of the Lakeview community,” Governor Brown said. “He will continue this professional commitment as Lake County’s only judge, ensuring that everyone who enters his courtroom gets a fair shake.”




Governor Brown Announces Appointment to Multnomah County Circuit Court


(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will appoint Angela Franco Lucero to the Multnomah County Circuit Court. Ms. Lucero fills the vacancy created by Judge Kenneth R. Walker's recent retirement. Her appointment is effective immediately.

"For years, Angela Lucero has passionately served her community, while also maintaining a high-volume civil litigation practice," Governor Brown said. "Angela's extensive practice experience, tireless work ethic, and empathy for those who appear before her will serve her well as a trial court judge."

Ms. Lucero grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico. After graduating with a bachelor's degree from New Mexico State University, she earned a law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School. Since law school, Ms. Lucero has represented individuals, insurance companies, and public bodies in a wide range of civil litigation matters. She is currently an attorney at Kranovich & Lucero, LCC, and also serves as a pro tem judge in Clackamas County.

In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Lucero is heavily involved in her community and the bar. Among other things, she has served as president of the Oregon Women Lawyers, and currently is on the boards of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association and the Oregon State Bar Board of Bar Examiners. Ms. Lucero also has volunteered to help with Refugee Adjustment Day, DACA Renewal Day, and other access-to-justice efforts in her community. She received the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association's highest award, the Paul J. De Muniz Professionalism Award, earlier this year.




Governor Brown Appoints Judges to Multnomah County Circuit Court


(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will appoint Morgan Wren Long and F.G. “Jamie” Troy II to the Multnomah County Circuit Court. Long, a juvenile court referee and judge pro tem, will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Maureen McKnight. Troy, a juvenile law attorney, will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Katherine Tennyson. Both positions will be assigned to the court’s Family Department. The appointments are effective immediately.

“Jamie Troy and Morgan Long have stellar reputations as bright, hard-working individuals who are committed to their community,” Governor Brown said. “As judges on Multnomah County’s family bench, they will approach cases involving children with empathy, patience, and compassion.”

Long has served as a juvenile court referee and judge pro tem for the Multnomah County Circuit Court since 2017. Previously, she litigated juvenile dependency, juvenile delinquency, family law, and criminal defense matters at firms including Bertoni & Associates, Ridehalgh & Associates, Dore Long, LLC, and Morgan Long Law, PC. Long graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and earned her law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School. She serves on a variety of committees and workgroups, including the Oregon State Bar’s Juvenile Law Section Executive Committee, the Multnomah County Child Welfare Council, and the Indian Child Welfare Act Compliance Committee for the State of Oregon.

Troy is a juvenile law attorney at Troy & Rosenberg, PC, where he has litigated juvenile delinquency, juvenile dependency, and termination of parental rights cases since 2008. He previously practiced at David W. Owens P.C. & Associates, Tennyson & Winemiller, and Kliewer & Associates. Troy earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary, and received his law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School. Among other civic and community activities, he is a member of the Department of Human Services Child Welfare Advisory Committee, has served on the City of Portland’s Citizen Review Committee, is a past president of the Gus J. Solomon Inn of Court, and sings tenor with the Oregon Repertory Singers.