Judicial Vacancies Overview



FEDERAL MAGISTRATE OPENING






OREGON SUPREME COURT
OREGON COURT OF APPEALS


RECENT APPOINTMENTS


OREGON SUPREME COURT/OREGON COURT OF APPEALS
On December 7, 2015, Governor Kate Brown announced she will appoint Lynn R. Nakamoto to the Oregon Supreme Court, as well as Roger J. DeHoog and Scott A. Shorr to the Oregon Court of Appeals. Nakamoto is a judge on the Court of Appeals and will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Virginia L. Linder. DeHoog is a judge on the Deschutes County Circuit Court and will fill the vacancy created by Nakamoto’s elevation to the Supreme Court. Shorr is currently managing shareholder at the Portland law firm Stoll Berne and will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Judge Rick Haselton. All three appointments will be effective January 1, 2016. Details available here.




OREGON CIRCUIT COURTS


RECENT VACANCIES


MULTNOMAH COUNTY
On June 1, 2016, Governor Brown announced she is accepting applications for the judicial position on the Multnomah County Circuit Court to fill the vacancy created by the planned retirement of Judge Jean Kerr Maurer. Thirty-four candidates have submitted information for this appointment. Details available here.


WASHINGTON COUNTY
On June 1, 2016, Governor Brown announced she is accepting applications for the judicial position on the Washington County Circuit Court to fill the vacancy created by the planned retirement of Judge Rick Knapp. Seventeen candidates have submitted information for this appointment. Details available here.


RECENT APPOINTMENTS


DESCHUTES COUNTY
On February 16, 2016, Governor Brown announced she will appoint Bethany P. Flint to the Deschutes County Circuit Court. Ms. Flint will fill a vacancy created by Governor Brown’s recent appointment of Roger J. DeHoog, a former Deschutes County judge, to the Oregon Court of Appeals. Details available here.


MALHEUR COUNTY
On June 23, 2016 Governor Brown announced she will appoint Erin Landis to the Malheur County Circuit Court to fill the seat vacated by the retirement of Judge Patricia Sullivan. Details available here.






Oregon Supreme Court
Oregon Court of Appeals - Recent Appointments



Governor Brown Announces Appointments to the Oregon Supreme Court and Court of Appeals


Historic appointments include first Asian Pacific American on Supreme Court, second Asian Pacific American on Court of Appeals

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced she will appoint Lynn R. Nakamoto to the Oregon Supreme Court, as well as Roger J. DeHoog and Scott A. Shorr to the Oregon Court of Appeals. Nakamoto is a judge on the Court of Appeals and will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Virginia L. Linder. DeHoog is a judge on the Deschutes County Circuit Court and will fill the vacancy created by Nakamoto’s elevation to the Supreme Court. Shorr is currently managing shareholder at the Portland law firm Stoll Berne and will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Judge Rick Haselton. All three appointments will be effective January 1, 2016.

Nakamoto, who was appointed to the Court of Appeals in January 2011 by Governor Kulongoski, will be the first Asian Pacific American ever to serve on the Oregon Supreme Court. Before her appointment to the Court of Appeals, Nakamoto was managing shareholder of the Portland law firm Markowitz Herbold, where she worked from 1989 to 2011. While there, she had a business and employment litigation practice. Nakamoto began her career representing indigent clients. She was a staff attorney for Marion-Polk Legal Aid Service in Salem from 1987 to 1989, and, before that, for Bronx Legal Services in New York City from 1985 to 1987. She received her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and her J.D. from New York University School of Law.

DeHoog is a respected judge on the Deschutes County Circuit Court, appointed by Governor Kitzhaber in 2012. Before his appointment to the trial court bench, DeHoog was a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Oregon Department of Justice’s Special Litigation Unit, which handles major state litigation including environmental, constitutional, and consumer protection laws. Prior to joining the Oregon Department of Justice in 2008, DeHoog was in private practice in Bend handling criminal defense and domestic relations cases. DeHoog began his career at the Deschutes County Public Defenders' Office, where he worked from 1993 to 2000. DeHoog received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from the University of Oregon Law School. He will be the second Asian Pacific American ever to serve on the Oregon Court of Appeals. DeHoog will also be the only judge on either of Oregon’s appellate courts from outside the Willamette Valley.

Shorr, managing shareholder at the law firm Stoll Berne, is regarded as one of the state’s top appellate lawyers. Shorr has argued numerous appeals before Oregon’s appellate courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has practiced law at Stoll Berne since 1996, specializing in complex commercial litigation including class actions and securities fraud cases. He began his career as a law clerk for Oregon Supreme Court Justice Richard L. Unis. Shorr received his bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and his J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law.

"Each of these highly-qualified individuals brings a skills set and perspective informed by years of legal experience,” Governor Brown said. “I am grateful to them for stepping up to serve our state in administering justice on behalf of the people of Oregon."





Circuit Courts - Recent Vacancies

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.

Marc Abrams
Steffan K. Alexander
Harry R. Carson
Eric L. Dahlin
Lynne A. Dickison
Bryan B. Francesconi
Jon J. Ghastin
Erica C. Glaser
Rodney H. Grafe
Charles R. Henderson
Monica M. Herranz
Lissa K. Kaufman
Andrew M. Lavin
Stephen D. Leggatt
Christine S. Mascal
Shelly D. Matthys
Brandon B. Mayfield
Christopher A. McCormack
Sandi L. Pellikaan
Christopher R. Piekarski
Steven R. Powers
Christopher A. Ramras
Shelley D. Russell
Kimberly A. Sewell
Steven A. Todd
Todd Van Rysselberghe
Katharine von Ter Stegge
Max R. Wall
Ulanda L. Watkins
Richard S. White
Geoffrey G. Wren
Theresa (Terry) L. Wright
Raymond P. Young
Michael C. Zusman

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/).




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.

Marc Abrams
Erik M. Bucher
Jay D. Enloe
David G. Gannett
Rodney H. Grafe
Rebecca D. Guptill
Danielle J. Hunsaker
Mark J. Holady
Kellie F. Johnson
John S. Knowles
Brandon B. Mayfield
Ramón A. Pagán
Kathy J. Proctor
Ralph F. Rayburn
Miranda S. Summer
Brandon Thompson
Max R. Wall

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/).





Circuit Courts — Recent Appointments


Governor Brown Appoints Erin Landis to Malheur County Circuit Court


(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced she will appoint Erin K. Landis to the Malheur County Circuit Court, effective July 1, 2016. Mr. Landis will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Patricia Sullivan.
 
“Erin Landis is a distinguished public servant who has dedicated his career to serving the people of Malheur County and bringing justice to all Oregonians,” Governor Brown said. “I am grateful for his willingness to continue his public service as a circuit court judge.” 

For the past 13 years, Mr. Landis served as a prosecutor for the Malheur County District Attorney’s Office. He began as a Deputy District Attorney and currently serves as the Chief Deputy District Attorney. Mr. Landis received a law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2002, and an undergraduate degree from Oregon State University in 1997.