Oregon Supreme Court Justice David Brewer Announces Retirement

The Supreme Court’s media release is available here:


The full text of the media release is quoted below the fold:

Justice David Brewer Announces Retirement

Justice David V. Brewer has announced that he will retire from the Oregon Supreme Court on June 30, 2017. Brewer announced his retirement yesterday in a letter to Governor Kate Brown.

“I am deeply grateful for the public service of the many dedicated and talented people I have worked alongside throughout my 23 years on the bench,” Brewer said. “It has been the privilege of a lifetime to do this work, but the time has come to fulfill other important commitments of time and energy to my family and community that have been long-deferred.”

Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Balmer said “Dave Brewer has been one of the most respected judges in Oregon for more than 20 years. His experience has given him an unparalleled depth of understanding of Oregon law. Dave is a prodigious worker, writing more opinions, chairing or serving on more committees — and doing that work at the highest intellectual level — than anyone I know.

“In addition to his legal knowledge,” Balmer continued, “he also is sensitive to the real world in which the law operates and strives to reach pragmatic, workable results in the cases he decided. We wish Dave all the best in what I know will be an active retirement, but his departure will be a loss for our court.”

Brewer was elected to the Supreme Court in May 2012, after serving 13 years on the Oregon Court of Appeals and six years as a Lane County Circuit Court judge. Prior to his judicial service, he worked as a lawyer in Eugene after graduating from the University of Oregon School of Law.

Brewer, 65, lives in Eugene with his family.

Governor Brown will appoint Brewer’s replacement.
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