Oregon State Bar Bulletin — NOVEMBER 2010

Cause for Mourning?
I hope that Senior Judge Hargreaves’ letter (“Sign of the Times I,” August/September 2010) was intended to encourage civil practitioners to become more involved in and seek out judicial appointments, rather than a criticism of career prosecutors or public defenders that have been appointed or elected to the bench.

The bench needs and benefits from a variety of past legal and life experience. I am concerned with the letter’s possible implication that the appointment of an otherwise qualified attorney who happens to have a criminal law background is cause for a period of mourning. Such a suggestion would be discourteous to the many excellent sitting judges in that position.

Jean L. Kunkle, Salem

Judge Hargreaves responds: To me, the irony in this whole situation is that a governor who has been a practicing attorney, a justice on the Oregon Supreme Court and the attorney general of Oregon has appointed so many new judges that lack basic knowledge of the civil litigation process that the Judicial Department feels this has created a problem and that they must do something to attempt to ameliorate it. The good news appears to be that the judges who lack the civil litigation background must be terribly bright as the Judicial Department intends to teach them the basics of this vast area of the law in just one day.

Refreshing and Fun

Just wanted to send you a quick note and tell you how much I appreciated the article by Ron Talney and his poetry (“Writing Portlandia,” October 2010). Articles about or by lawyers and their non-lawyer activities are always refreshing and fun to read. Keep up the good work.

Kevin Harker, Portland

Keep ’em Coming

I really enjoyed your recent article about the Portlandia sculpture, the dedication poem written by attorney Ron Talney and how the two came into being (“Writing Portlandia,” October 2010). I was living in Portland when the sculpture was installed, but had never read the poem before. It was excellent, and I encourage you to keep publishing similar features that are not strictly about legal practice.

Mark Lansing, Grants Pass

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