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


MALHEUR COUNTY
On March 30, 2016, Governor Brown announced she is accepting applications for the judicial position on the Malheur County Circuit Court to fill the seat vacated by the retirement of Judge Patricia Sullivan. 3 candidates have submitted information for 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.


MULTNOMAH COUNTY
On February 10, 2016, Governor Brown announced she will appoint Bronson D. James and intends to appoint Leslie G. Bottomly to the Multnomah County Circuit Court to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Alicia A. Fuchs, and his appointment is effective immediately. Ms. Bottomly will fill an anticipated vacancy that will be created when Judge Youlee Yim You assumes the position of Magistrate Judge at the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, which, according to an announcement from that court, will occur on March 1. 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



Malheur 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 General Counsel at Governor Kate Brown’s Office, Ben Souede, (503) 378-8636, or ben.souede@oregon.gov.


David R. Carlson
Bruno J. Jagelski
Erin K. Landis





Circuit Courts — Recent Appointments



Governor Brown Announces Appointments of Bethany Flint to Deschutes County Bench


(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced that 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.

Ms. Flint has been a family law attorney in Deschutes County since 2003. In addition to her private practice, Ms. Flint currently serves as a juvenile court referee for the Deschutes County Circuit Court, as well as a judge on the City of Bend Municipal Court. Her private practice work is primarily arbitration and mediation of family law cases. Ms. Flint received a law degree from Whittier College School of Law in 2003, and an undergraduate degree from University of California, Irvine in 1999.

“Bethany Flint’s experience working with families and children in crisis will be an invaluable addition to the Deschutes County bench,” Governor Brown said. “She has earned a reputation as a thoughtful and fair arbiter of disputes in her roles as referee, municipal judge, arbitrator, and mediator. She will bring these skills, together with a bright legal mind and a balanced temperament, to her new role."

Governor Brown Announces Appointments of Bronson James and Leslie Bottomly to Multnomah County Bench


(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today today announced she will appoint Bronson D. James and intends to appoint Leslie G. Bottomly to the Multnomah County Circuit Court. Mr. James will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Alicia A. Fuchs, and his appointment is effective immediately. Ms. Bottomly will fill an anticipated vacancy that will be created when Judge Youlee Yim You assumes the position of Magistrate Judge at the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, which, according to an announcement from that court, will occur on March 1.

“Bronson James and Leslie Bottomly will be terrific additions to the Multnomah County bench,” Governor Brown said. “Together, they bring a rich combination of legal experience: criminal defense, personal injury, business advice, and dispute resolution. They have distinguished themselves as superb lawyers and are ready to do the hard work of our state’s busiest court.”

Mr. James is a lawyer in private practice in Portland. He primarily represents criminal defendants in trial proceedings and appeals, and also represents injured plaintiffs in civil matters. From 2005 to 2010, Mr. James litigated appeals for the Oregon Office of Public Defense Services. Before that, for two years, Mr. James was General Counsel to a technology start-up. He graduated from Reed College in 1994, and from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2003. Between college and law school, Mr. James worked on several technology-focused ventures.

Ms. Bottomly practices law at Ater Wynne LLP, where she has spent virtually her entire legal career. She advises clients on employment and healthcare compliance, and serves as an arbitrator and mediator to resolve business disputes. In 1994, she worked as an attorney at the Oregon Department of Justice. She graduated from Stanford University in 1985, and from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1990.

Ms. Bottomly’s appointment will be formalized once Judge You resigns her position and begins work at the United States District Court.