Oregon Judicial Vacancies



FEDERAL VACANCIES


Applications are now being accepted through October 1 for two federal judicial vacancies. 

The first judicial vacancy is for the Oregon seat on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The second judicial vacancy is for the U.S. District Court for Oregon.

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, resume and application found here to the attention of Elise Downing Elise_Downing@Wyden.senate.gov in Senator Wyden’s office by the October 1, 2017 deadline. 

Finalists will be chosen by a selection committee for the pair of federal court positions and will be forwarded to the White House for consideration.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals vacancy arose when Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain took senior status at the end of last year. The vacancy for the U.S. District Court for Oregon was created when Judge Anna Brown took senior status in July.




OREGON SUPREME COURT


RECENT VACANCIES


The following candidates have submitted materials to the Governor’s Office for the Oregon Supreme Court Court 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. Allen, Beth
Arlow, Allan
Baldwin, Russell
Dretke, Brian
Kasubhai, Mustafa
Lageson, Erin
Leonetti, Carrie
Nelson, Adrienne
Ortega, Darleen
Runkles-Pearson, P.K.
Shorr, Scott
Tookey, Douglas

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.





OREGON TAX COURT


RECENT VACANCIES


The following candidates have submitted materials to the Governor’s Office for the Oregon Tax Court 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.

Boomer, Allison
Harbur, Marilyn
Manicke, Robert
Rastetter, Kathleen
Wente, Nathan

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.





OREGON CIRCUIT COURTS


RECENT VACANCIES


COOS/CURRY COUNTY
On May 31, 2017, Governor Brown announced she was accepting applications for a judicial vacancy on the Coos/Curry County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Richard Barron. Application has closed and five candidates have submitted information for this appointment. Details available here.


COOS/CURRY COUNTY
On July 20, Governor Brown announced she was accepting applications for a second judicial vacancy on the Coos/Curry County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Paula M. Bechtold. Application has closed and two candidates have submitted information for the appointment. Details available here.


POLK
On September 8, 2017, Governor Brown announced she was accepting applications for the judicial position on the Polk County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Sally Avera. Details available here.


WASHINGTON
On July 5, 2017, Governor Brown announced she was accepting applications for the judicial position on the Washington County Circuit Court created by the planned retirement of Judge Suzanne Upton. Application has closed and nine candidates have submitted information for this appointment. Details available here.


RECENT APPOINTMENTS


LINN
On Oct. 19, 2017, Governor Brown announced she will appoint Fay Stetz-Waters to the Polk County Circuit Court. Ms. Stetz-Waters will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Carol R. Bispham Hashagen, who retired in June. The appointment is effective immediately. Details available here.








Circuit Courts - Recent Vacancies



Coos/Curry County Circuit Court Vacancies


The following candidates have submitted materials to the Governor’s Office for the Coos/Curry County Circuit Court vacancies. 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.

Combs, Andrew
Dyer, Kate
Lowry, Greta
Manske, Robert
Monsebroten, James
Rodighiero, Ryan
Terry, Patrick
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.





Polk County Circuit Court Vacancy


The following candidates have submitted materials to the Governor’s Office for the Polk County Circuit Court 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.

Rafael Caso
Jayme Kimberly
Timothy Park
Steven Walls
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.





Washington County Circuit Court Vacancy


The following candidates have submitted materials to the Governor’s Office for the Washington County Circuit Court 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.

Abrams, Marc
Guptill, Rebecca
Hunsaker, Danielle
Jensen, James
Kroll, Edward
Laidlaw, Angela
Neese, Paul
Summer, Miranda
Thompson, Brandon
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.



Circuit Courts — Recent Appointments

Linn County Circuit Court Appointment


(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will appoint Fay Stetz-Waters to the Linn County Circuit Court. Ms. Stetz-Waters will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Carol R. Bispham Hashagen, who retired in June. The appointment is effective immediately.

“Fay Stetz-Waters brings the experience of a marine, a civil rights investigator, and an administrative law judge to the Linn County bench,” Governor Brown said. “She will be balanced, fair, and compassionate — and also tough — as a trial court judge. She is a good fit for the community she has called home for more than a decade.”

Ms. Stetz-Waters is a civil rights investigator at Oregon State University. Before that, she worked as a hearings officer at the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision. She earlier worked as an administrative law judge in the State’s Office of Administrative Hearings, adjudicating cases for the Employment Department. She began her career at Legal Aid in Albany, representing indigent clients in civil cases. 

Ms. Stetz-Waters is a graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School and Trinity College. Before college, Ms. Stetz-Waters served in the United States Marine Corps. An active member of the community, she has served as president of Linn-Benton Women Lawyers, vice president of the Linn-Benton Bar Association, and as a board member of the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence.