Governor Brown has announced that she is appointing Court of Appeals Judge Chris Garrett to the Oregon Supreme Court position vacated by the retirement of Justice Rives Kistler. The media release is here:
The text of the media release is quoted below the fold:
Governor Brown Appoints Chris Garrett to the Oregon Supreme Court
December 24, 2018
“Judge Garrett is a talented, thoughtful, and even-keeled jurist who is passionate about Oregon’s courts and the rule of law,” Governor Brown said. “He brings to our high court the experience of a respected civil litigator, an effective state legislator, and a productive appellate judge. His brilliant mind and collegial style will be tremendous assets to the court and the people of Oregon.”
Judge Garrett will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Rives Kistler. The appointment is effective January 1, 2019.
Judge Garrett was appointed to the Oregon Court of Appeals by Governor Kitzhaber in 2014, after serving as a state representative from Lake Oswego and southwest Portland from 2009 to 2013. From 2002 through 2013, Judge Garrett was a civil litigator at Perkins Coie LLP in Portland. He began his career at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York from 2000 to 2001, and then clerked for Judge Dennis Jacobs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Judge Garrett graduated from Reed College and the University of Chicago Law School.
In addition to his law practice and judicial service, Judge Garrett has served his community and the legal profession as well. He teaches as an adjunct professor at Willamette University College of Law, and assists the Classroom Law Project as a volunteer judge. Judge Garrett was a member of the board of directors of Oregon Lawyers Against Hunger, served on the Governor’s Public Safety Commission, and recently co-chaired the Oregon State Bar’s Legal Futures Task Force.