Qualifications: Candidate must be US Citizen and registered voter; resident of the state 3 years prior to filing for candidacy or appointment; residence or principal office in judicial district as provided in ORS 3.041, for one year prior to election; not older than 75. Must be a member of the Oregon State Bar at time of election or appointment. ORS 3.041 &3.050Term: 6 years (must retire at end of calendar year in which judge attains age of 75) Salary: $135,776 (2017)When vacant, Governor appoints qualified person to serve until successor is elected.The circuit courts are the state trial courts of general jurisdiction. The circuit courts have juvenile jurisdiction in all counties except Gilliam, Morrow, Sherman and Wheeler, where the county court exercises juvenile jurisdiction except for termination of parental rights proceedings, over which the circuit courts have exclusive jurisdiction. The circuit courts also exercise jurisdiction in probate, adoptions, guardianship and conservatorship cases in all counties except Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Sherman and Wheeler.Duties: Circuit court judges are elected on a nonpartisan ballot for a term of six years. There are 173 circuit judges serving the 36 Oregon counties. The circuit judges are grouped in 27 geographical areas called judicial districts. To expedite judicial business, the chief justice of the Supreme Court may assign any circuit judge to sit in any judicial district in the state.Source: Oregon Blue Book Rev. 1/2018
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EMPLOYMENT: I have worked as an attorney for nearly 20 years. I have worked as a prosecutor, a family law attorney, and represented individuals and businesses. This experience will allow me to capably serve our community as a judge.
EDUCATION: University of Oregon School of Law, JD; Northwestern University, BA; North Medford High School.
GOVERNMENTAL EXPERIENCE: Judge Pro Tempore, Jackson County, Oregon; Board of Education, Rogue Community College.
I have over twenty years of experience in family, business, and criminal law. I currently serve as a Judge Pro Tempore where I preside over trials. As the only candidate with family law experience, I understand the challenges children face in our community and the role the courts can play in improving lives. As the only candidate with business law expertise I am prepared to face the legal challenges associated with our valley's economic growth.
I have worked as a family law attorney where I have seen the impacts on our children from substance abuse, untreated mental illness, domestic violence, and child abuse and neglect. This experience has taught me that we must recognize the relationship between these issues and improve the court's response to improve lives. I have also advised individuals in business matters and developed the expertise necessary to capably handle the variety of issues that come before our courts.
Lack of access to counsel remains an obstacle to judicial fairness. Judges generally only rule on the issues presented to them by the parties. When parties represent themselves and do not understand how to properly raise issues to a judge it impairs the judge's ability to achieve a just result. Serving as a Judge Pro Tempore and in the family law courts, where people are frequently unrepresented, gives me the experience needed to ensure that every member of our community is fairly heard.
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I’ve served as both a Deputy District Attorney and as a Deputy Public Defender, and also have experience in civil litigation. I have handled thousands of cases over the past 23 years, including murder, child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. I’ve tried over 120 cases before a jury. I believe that no person, corporation, or government agency is above the law, and I don’t accept campaign donations from attorneys or from any other source.
23 years of experience as an attorney, with the balanced experience gained from having practiced on both sides of the criminal justice system. I served on Jackson County’s Multi-Disciplinary Team for child abuse prevention from 2007 to 2012, and since 2014 I have been serving on Jackson County’s SART (Sexual Assault Response Team). I have prosecuted all types of felony cases, and specialized in the prosecution of child abuse cases for 5 years. I do not accept campaign donations from attorneys.
I’ve served as a deputy district attorney for the past ten years. Five of those years were specifically dedicated to the prosecution of child abuse cases. Since 2014, I have been responsible for prosecuting adult-survivor sexual assault cases. During this time I’ve also worked closely with the Child Protective Services division of the Department of Human Resources, handling juvenile dependency cases in which CPS was involved.
Campaign donations from attorneys to judges. In rendering decisions, a judge must be free from all external influences – especially financial influence. Most judicial candidates receive campaign money from attorneys. Although the law does permit this practice, I believe it must end. As a judge, I will promote a legal culture within our local bar that favors judicial campaigns that are free from financial influence. I do not accept campaign money from attorneys or from any other source.