Oregon Judicial Vacancies



Seeking applicants for Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judicial vacancy


This is a reminder that new applications are now being accepted through this Friday, June 21st, 2019 for the vacant Oregon seat on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, resume and completed application found here to the attention of Elise Downing Elise_Downing@wyden.senate.gov in Senator Wyden’s office by the June 21st, 2019 deadline.

Finalists will be chosen by the federal judicial selection committee and will be forwarded to the White House for consideration. This is a continuation of the process that began in September, 2017.

Please contact Elise Downing in Senator Wyden’s office at 503-326-7525 or by email at Elise_Downing@wyden.senate.gov if you have any questions.



OREGON COURT OF APPEALS


RECENT APPOINTMENTS


OREGON COURT OF APPEALS
On May 7, 2019 Governor Kate Brown announced today that she will appoint Lane County Circuit Court Judge Josephine “Jodie” H. Mooney to the Oregon Court of Appeals. Mooney fills the vacancy created by Justice Chris Garrett’s recent elevation to the Oregon Supreme Court. Her appointment is effective immediately. Details available here.




OREGON CIRCUIT COURTS


RECENT VACANCIES


DESCHUTES/JOSEPHINE/LAKE
On June 11, 2018, Governor Brown announced that she is accepting applications to fill judicial vacancies on the Circuit Courts in Deschutes, Josephine, and Lake Counties, created by the retirements of Judges A. Michael Adler (effective June 30, 2019), Thomas M. Hull (effective June 30, 2019), and Robert F. Nichols, Jr. (effective May 31, 2019), respectively. Details available here.


JOSEPHINE
On November 29, 2018, Governor Brown announced that she is accepting applications for a judicial vacancy on the Josephine County Circuit Court created by the planned retirement of Presiding Judge Lindi Baker. Details available here.


MULTNOMAH
On May 6, 2019, Governor Brown announced that she is accepting applications for a judicial vacancy on the Multnomah County Circuit Court created by the planned retirement of Judge Maureen McKnight. Details available here.






RECENT APPOINTMENTS


BENTON
On May 17, 2019, Governor Brown announced she will appoint Joan E. Demarest to the Benton County Circuit Court. Demarest fills the vacancy created by Judge David B. Connell’s recent retirement. Her appointment is effective immediately Details available here.


JEFFERSON/CROOK
On May 31, 2019, Governor Brown announced that she will appoint Rep. Michael R. McLane (R-Powell Butte) to the 22nd Judicial District Circuit Court, which covers Crook and Jefferson Counties. Details available here.


LANE
On May 17, 2019, Governor Brown announced that she will appoint Kamala H. Shugar to the Lane County Circuit Court. Shugar, a former prosecutor who is currently special counsel to Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum, will fill a vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Josephine H. Mooney to the Oregon Court of Appeals. The appointment is effective upon Judge Mooney’s resignation from her Lane County position, expected June 3, 2019. Details available here.


MULTNOMAH
On Mar. 14, 2019, Governor Brown announced that she will appoint Amy M. Baggio and Heidi H. Moawad, and intends to appoint Steffan K. Alexander, to the Multnomah County Circuit Court. Baggio and Moawad will fill vacancies created by the retirements of Judges Marilyn E. Litzenberger and John A. Wittmayer. Their appointments are effective immediately, and they will be sworn in individually in the coming weeks. Alexander will fill a vacancy created by the expected elevation of Judge Karin J. Immergut to the federal district court; his appointment will be effective at the time of Judge Immergut’s resignation, once her nomination is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Details available here.


WASHINGTON
On Feb. 18, 2019, Governor Brown announced she will appoint Rebecca D. Guptil to the Washington County Circuit Court. Ms. Guptill fills the vacancy created by Judge Kirsten E. Thompson’s recent retirement. Her appointment is effective immediately. Details available here.






Recent Vacancies



Governor Brown Announces Open Applications for Positions on Deschutes, Josephine, and Lake County Circuit Courts


(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown announced today that she is accepting applications to fill judicial vacancies on the Circuit Courts in Deschutes, Josephine, and Lake Counties, created by the retirements of Judges A. Michael Adler (effective June 30, 2019), Thomas M. Hull (effective June 30, 2019), and Robert F. Nichols, Jr. (effective May 31, 2019), respectively.

The Governor thanked Judges Adler, Hull, and Nichols for their dedicated judicial service, and announced that she will fill the positions by appointment.

For the Josephine County Circuit Court, applicants will be considered for the vacancies created by the retirements of Judges Hull and Baker (announced previously). Applicants who already submitted interest forms to fill Judge Baker’s position will be considered and need not apply again.

Interested applicants should mail or deliver completed interest forms to: Misha Isaak, General Counsel, Office of the Governor, 900 Court Street NE #254, Salem, OR 97301-4047. Forms must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, July 1, 2018. Forms emailed by 5 p.m. on the closing date will be considered timely if original signed forms postmarked by the closing date are later received.

Governor Kate Brown fills judicial vacancies based on merit. She encourages applications from lawyers with 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. SB 977, recently passed by the Legislature, creates a new requirement. It amends ORS 3.041 and requires that these vacancies must be filled by persons who are residents of or have principal offices in the judicial districts to which they are appointed or adjacent judicial districts.

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.





Governor Brown Announces Multnomah 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, Misha Isaak, (503) 378-6246, or misha.isaak@oregon.gov.

Bodzin, Jay
Forman, Dana
Gates, Maurisa
Kaufman, Lissa
Klohe, Trena
Kohlmetz, Andrew
Kramer, Mark
Laidlaw, Angela
Long, Morgan
Mickley, Charles
Riedel, Michael
Schram, Corrine
Smith, Cara
Tanzosh, Brenna
Troy, Francis
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 Josephine 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, Misha Isaak, (503) 378-6246, or misha.isaak@oregon.gov.

Reade, John
Thorpe, Amanda
Walker, Victory
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 Announces Oregon Court of Appeals Appointment


(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown announced today that she will appoint Lane County Circuit Court Judge Josephine “Jodie” H. Mooney to the Oregon Court of Appeals. Mooney fills the vacancy created by Justice Chris Garrett’s recent elevation to the Oregon Supreme Court. Her appointment is effective immediately.

“Judge Mooney is a hard-working, straight-shooting trial judge who is passionate about her community, our state, and the rule of law,” Governor Brown said. “Given her judicial experience, keen intellect, and impeccable work ethic, Judge Mooney is well-suited to make an immediate, positive impact as a judge on the Court of Appeals.”

Mooney was appointed to the Lane County Circuit Court by Governor Kitzhaber in 2011. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she worked as a civil defense attorney in Eugene from 1988 to 2005, and served as the director of risk management and organizational integrity for PeaceHealth from 2005 to 2011. Mooney graduated from the University of Wisconsin and the University of Oregon School of Law.

In addition to her law practice and judicial service, Mooney has served her community and the legal profession as an executive board member for the Litigation Section of the Oregon State Bar, as a member of the “Rainbow Rascals” parenting group for Lane County families with lesbian and gay parents, and by mentoring law students. She also previously served as president of the Oregon Circuit Court Judges Association. Judge Mooney and her wife live in Eugene where they raised their two children.





Governor Brown Appoints Joan Demarest to Benton County Circuit Court


(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will appoint Joan E. Demarest to the Benton County Circuit Court. Demarest fills the vacancy created by Judge David B. Connell’s recent retirement. Her appointment is effective immediately.

“Joan Demarest’s legal background and dedication to her community make her uniquely qualified to serve as Benton County’s newest trial court judge,” Governor Brown said. “Her experiences as a prosecutor, as a defense attorney, and as a family law practitioner will allow her to administer justice with a fair mind and an even hand.”

Demarest earned her bachelor’s degree from Smith College in Northampton, Mass., and received her law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law. Since law school, Demarest has worked as a prosecutor in the Benton County District Attorney’s Office; as an attorney in the Associated Students of Oregon State University Office of Legal Advising; and as a private-practice lawyer handling criminal defense, family law, and juvenile dependency cases. She also serves as a municipal pro tem judge for the cities of Lebanon, Corvallis, and Toledo. She is involved in her community as a Girl Scout troop co-leader, a volunteer for Linn-Benton Food Share, an active member of Zonta Club of Corvallis and Rotary, and a former member of the Corvallis School Board.




Governor Brown Appoints Rep. Michael R. McLane to Circuit Court in Crook and Jefferson Counties


(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown announced today that she will appoint Rep. Michael R. McLane (R-Powell Butte) to the 22nd Judicial District Circuit Court, which covers Crook and Jefferson Counties.

McLane, who lives in Powell Butte, has represented House District 55 since 2011 and was the Republican Leader of the House of Representatives from 2012 to 2018. He is a staff judge advocate in the Oregon Air National Guard, maintains a private business litigation practice, and, for two years, was a judge pro tempore on the Deschutes County Circuit Court.

“Representative McLane is well-known in the Capitol for his sharp mind, personal integrity, and respect for the rule of law,” said Governor Brown. “While we haven’t always seen eye-to-eye on policy, Mike’s deep commitment to promoting the public good is never in doubt. These qualities have served the Oregon Legislature well and will now enrich our state court bench.”

McLane is a partner at the firm Lynch Conger McLane LLP, in Bend, where he advises and litigates on behalf of business clients. He earlier worked at several other firms, including the Portland-based firms Miller Nash Graham and Dunn LLP, and Stoel Rives LLP, as well as one of Central Oregon’s oldest firms, Bryant, Emerson & Fitch, LLP. From 1994 to 2001, McLane served as Chief Executive Officer of Flying Rhinoceros Inc., which he co-founded, a publisher of bilingual elementary curriculum materials and creator of a television cartoon series. He began his career as a law clerk to Oregon Supreme Court Justice W. Michael Gillette, who is now retired.

McLane is also a lieutenant colonel? in the Oregon Air National Guard, where he serves as a staff judge advocate. He was previously an officer in the 41st Infantry Brigade of the Oregon Army National Guard. McLane earned his law degree at Lewis & Clark Law School, finishing at the top of his class, and his bachelor’s degree at Oregon State University.

Governor Brown appoints McLane to a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Daniel J. Ahern. The appointment is effective immediately, but he will be sworn in and begin his judicial service in July.




Governor Brown Appoints Kamala Shugar to Lane County Circuit Court


(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown announced today that she will appoint Kamala H. Shugar to the Lane County Circuit Court.

Shugar, a former prosecutor who is currently special counsel to Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum, will fill a vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Josephine H. Mooney to the Oregon Court of Appeals. The appointment is effective upon Judge Mooney’s resignation from her Lane County position, expected June 3, 2019.

“Kamala Shugar has served the public for her whole career — as a prosecutor, child advocacy lawyer, law professor, and trusted advisor to the Attorney General. She will now continue her public service from the Lane County bench,” Governor Brown said. “Kamala has been in the trenches as a front-line trial attorney and in the halls of government working to improve our state’s justice system. Her rounded experience and commitment to the fair administration of justice will benefit the Lane County Circuit Court.”

Shugar has worked at the Oregon Department of Justice for the past 13 years, first as chief of the Child Advocacy Section’s Eugene office and then, since 2017, as special counsel to Attorney General Rosenblum. In her current role, Shugar works with Oregon's nine federally recognized Native American Tribes and coordinates multistate litigation against the federal government. From 2013 to 2018, she was also an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon Law School, teaching classes on state administrative law and legislative issues. Shugar began her career as a prosecutor in the Lane County District Attorney’s Office for 10 years, handling felony, misdemeanor, and juvenile dependency and delinquency cases. A Lane County resident since age five, she grew up on a family farm in Pleasant Hill and attended college and law school at the University of Oregon.

Shugar is a commissioner on the Oregon Government Ethics Commission, and a member of the Legal Services Program Committee of the Oregon State Bar and the Eugene Round Table Club. She co-chaired the statewide Campaign for Equal Justice, which provides financial support for Oregon's legal aid programs, and chaired Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. Most recently, she has served on the 2019 Lane County Budget Committee, advocating for a new county courthouse.




Governor Brown Announces Appointments of Three Judges to Multnomah County Circuit Court


(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown announced today that she will appoint Amy M. Baggio and Heidi H. Moawad, and intends to appoint Steffan K. Alexander, to the Multnomah County Circuit Court. Baggio and Moawad will fill vacancies created by the retirements of Judges Marilyn E. Litzenberger and John A. Wittmayer. Their appointments are effective immediately, and they will be sworn in individually in the coming weeks. Alexander will fill a vacancy created by the expected elevation of Judge Karin J. Immergut to the federal district court; his appointment will be effective at the time of Judge Immergut’s resignation, once her nomination is confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

“Amy Baggio, Steffan Alexander, and Heidi Moawad bring a suite of professional experiences and skills that match the diverse needs of our state’s busiest court,” Governor Brown said. “Together, they will enrich the Multnomah County bench with an extraordinary breadth of experience — in criminal and civil litigation, from both sides of the criminal bar, in state and federal court, and in government and the private sector. The demonstrated work ethic, sound judgment, and compassion of these individuals will serve the justice system well.”

Baggio is a criminal defense attorney in private practice. For 10 years, until 2013, Baggio worked at the Office of the Federal Public Defender. She began her legal career at Metropolitan Public Defender in Portland, where she practiced for one year. She graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School and Wake Forest University. Baggio received awards from the ACLU of Oregon and American Jewish Committee for her representation of detainees held at Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp. She volunteers her time as a commissioner on the Public Defense Services Commission, is an attorney representative to the Ninth Circuit for the District of Oregon, and previously served on the Federal Bar Association Board of Directors.

Moawad, a former prosecutor, is public safety policy advisor in the Governor’s Office, where she has worked for six years. She oversees several state agencies and manages the Governor’s criminal justice policy agenda. Moawad has also managed the Governor’s Office’s response to emergency incidents, including a large number of wildfires, the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College, and the Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupation. For 14 years, until 2013, Moawad was a deputy district attorney in the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office. While there, she was entrusted with special assignment to the investigation of the disappearance of Kyron Horman. In 2005, Moawad served as counsel to the Judiciary Committee for the legislative session that year. She is a graduate of Whittier College, from which she received a bachelor of arts degree, and the University of Oregon Law School, from which she received a law degree. Moawad has been involved in the community as a board member for Camp Rosenbaum, a nonprofit outdoors camp for youth from underserved urban communities, and a member of various committees of the Multnomah Bar Association.

Alexander is a civil litigation attorney at the firm Markowitz Herbold PC, where he has worked for six years and has risen to partner. He was previously a prosecutor for five years in Florida and then worked briefly as litigation counsel for a natural gas and electric company there. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida. He is a member of the Public Defense Services Commission and the Classroom Law Project Board of Directors. He is also the Ninth Circuit lawyer representative of Oregon’s federal district court and volunteers as a coach of Jefferson High School’s mock trial team.




Governor Brown Appoints Rebecca Guptill to Washington County Circuit Court


(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will appoint Rebecca D. Guptill to the Washington County Circuit Court. Ms. Guptill fills the vacancy created by Judge Kirsten E. Thompson’s recent retirement. Her appointment is effective immediately.

“Rebecca Guptill is a dedicated, hard-working trial attorney with a stellar reputation among the bench and bar,” Governor Brown said. “Her criminal law and family law experience — along with her passion for serving the people of Washington County — will allow her to hit the ground running on day one.”

Ms. Guptill grew up in Waldport, Oregon. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California, she earned a law degree from Willamette University College of Law. Since law school, Ms. Guptill has litigated a wide variety of matters, including domestic relations, criminal defense, and juvenile dependency cases. She is currently an attorney at the Harris Velázquez Gibbens law firm in Hillsboro, and serves as a volunteer pro tem judge in Washington County.

In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Guptill is involved in her community. She has served as president of the Washington County Bar Association, and is currently the chair of both the Lawyers Association of Washington County and the Washington County Law Library Advisory Committee. Ms. Guptill also is actively involved in the Oregon State Bar, Oregon Women Lawyers, and serves on the Washington County Bench Bar Committee.