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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Education: Juris Doctor, Lewis & Clark Law School 2003 (graduated 2nd in class); Bachelor of Arts 1999 (double major in political science & psychology).
October 2011 - present: Legal Counsel, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees
2005 - 2011: Assistant Attorney General, Oregon Department of Justice (Civil Recovery Section)
2004 - 2005: Smith Freed & Eberhard
2003 - 2004: LaMarche Law Firm
2001 - 2003: Law Clerk, Oregon Department of Justice
I have been an attorney for over 15 years. I have argued cases before almost every circuit court in our state, as well as before administrative agencies, the Oregon Court of Appeals, the Oregon Supreme Court, and the bankruptcy court. I have a reputation amongst my peers, my clients, and opposing counsel for being reasonable, pragmatic, ethical, and hardworking. I would bring to the bench significant experience with the types of issues that matter most to citizens in our community.
My practice has primarily involved civil litigation. I have handled a variety of cases, including child support, family law, business disputes, post-judgment collections, auto accidents, construction defect, breach of contract, enforcement of administrative orders, bankruptcy, personal injury, labor, employment, punitive and remedial contempt, and more. I have worked in both the private and public sectors, with both small and large clients.
I believe that most if not all judges truly want to do the right thing and make the right decisions. However, it can be difficult to do that in civil cases, because an increasing number of people appear before the courts without the resources to hire attorneys. For that reason, the need for judges with extensive and diverse civil experience is becoming increasingly important to ensure that decisions are fair, efficient, and consistent.
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Yamhill Co Deputy District Attorney, 15 years; Chair, Yamhill Co Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team, 7 years, Member, 13 years; Member, Yamhill Co Child Fatality Review Team, 10 years; Attorney, O'Hagan, Smith & Amundsen, Chicago, IL; Assistant State's Attorney, Kane Co, IL; Deputy District Attorney, Multnomah Co; Attorney, Mitchell, Lang & Smith, Portland; Law Clerk to Presiding Judge Raymond R. Bagley, Jr, Clackamas Co; Law Clerk Intern to Judge Robert E. Jones, US District Court, Portland
An attorney for over 25 years, I have worked at both civil law firms and county prosecutors' offices. In 15 years with Yamhill County, I have done well over 100 trials. This is a trial judge position, and I have the experience to step right in. Moreover, a prosecutor's duty is to seek justice. Sometimes that means a prison sentence, and other times it means dismissing all charges. My focus on keeping the community safe while pursuing justice makes me the best candidate for judge.
As a Yamhill County Deputy District Attorney for 15 years, I have handled cases ranging from burglary to murder, with a specialty in child abuse cases. I am Chair of the Yamhill County Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team, and a member of the Yamhill County Child Fatality Review Team. I spent almost 3 years handling the County's juvenile delinquency and dependency cases. For over 4 years, I served on the Oregon Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force and Criminal Justice Committee.
In a majority of crimes, the victim knows the offender--their spouse, relative, or friend. Victims are often conflicted; they want the offender punished, but that person is loved or may be the family's sole breadwinner. The law is black and white, but people's stories rarely are. The challenge is to figure out what justice looks like in each case--to read the entire story and act in the best interest of everyone involved.