New Amendments to Oregon Rules of Appellate Procedure effective Jan 1

The Oregon Supreme Court and Oregon Court of Appeals have approved a package of permanent amendments to the Oregon Rules of Appellate Procedure (ORAP).  The amendments, which were prepared by the ORAP Committee, will become effective January 1, 2019.

In addition, the Oregon Supreme Court and Oregon Court of Appeals have approved a separate package of temporary amendments to the ORAPs.  The temporary amendments, which are largely intended to address recent statutory amendments, will also become effective January 1, 2019.  Unlike the permanent amendments, the temporary amendments will expire on December 31, 2020 (unless adopted as permanent amendments through the ORAP Committee process).

Both packages of amendments are available online at:

https://www.courts.oregon.gov/courts/appellate/rules/Pages/orap.aspx

https://www.courts.oregon.gov/publications/other/Pages/misc.aspx

A clean version of all the ORAPs that includes both the permanent and temporary amendments will be posted in December.

Governor Appoints Three to Oregon Court of Appeals: Aoyagi, James, and Powers

Governor Kate Brown has announced her appointments to the three vacancies on the Oregon Court of Appeals:  Robyn Ridler Aoyagi, the Hon. Bronson James, and Steven R. Powers.

  • Robyn E. Ridler Aoyagi is a trial and appellate litigator at the Tonkon Torp law firm.
  • The Hon. Bronson James is a judge on the Multnomah County Circuit Court.
  • Steven R. Powers is an insurance coverage and appellate lawyer at the law firm Parsons Farnell & Grein, LLP.

For complete biographical information, please see the Governor’s media release:

<http://www.oregon.gov/newsroom/Pages/NewsDetail.aspx?newsid=2153>

The Governor’s appointments fill vacancies created when the Hon. Timothy J. Sercombe retired and the Hon. Meagan A. Flynn and the Hon. Rebecca A. Duncan were appointed to the Oregon Supreme Court.

Hon. Timothy J. Sercombe Retiring from Oregon Court of Appeals

The Honorable Timothy J. Sercombe, Judge of the Oregon Court of Appeals, has announced that he will be retiring effective July 1, 2017.

Judge Sercombe became a judge of the Oregon Court of Appeals in 2007. Before joining the Court of Appeals, he

  • practiced law with the Portland firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis (1991-2007), emphasizing municipal, land use, utilities, appellate, and administrative law
  • practiced law with Eugene firm of Harrang, Long, Gary & Rudnick (1977-91)
  • served as law clerk to Oregon Supreme Court Justices Kenneth O’Connell and Berkeley Lent (1976-77)

Judge Sercombe is a member of the Oregon State Bar, Multnomah County Bar Association, and the Oregon Appellate Judges Association. He writes and speaks frequently on municipal, land use, and constitutional law.

Judge Sercombe was born in Missouri and grew up in Connecticut. He graduated from Northwestern University in Illinois (B.A. 1973) and the University of Oregon School of Law (J.D. Honors Graduate 1976). After college, he worked as a paralegal before moving to Oregon to attend law school.

Judge Sercombe is active in his church as an elder and chancel choir member and enjoys music, theater, travel, and other family activities.

2014 Oregon Appellate Court Dinner

The Clackamas County Bar Association cordially invites its members, non-members, and guests to the 2014 Oregon Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Dinner!

What:   2014 Oregon Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Dinner

When:  Thursday, October 30, 2014
             5:30 p.m. Cocktails; 7:00 p.m. Dinner
Where: Lake Oswego Country Club
20 Iron Mountain Blvd.
             Lake Oswego, OR 97034

RSVP Deadline: October 22, 2014

Menu Options
  • Roasted Beef Prime Rib
    • Whole roasted beef boneless rib, hand carved, with an Oregon Pinot Noir sauce and creamy horseradish.
  • Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi
    • Fresh Hawaiian Mahi Mahi topped with crushed macadamia nuts and citrus beurre blanc.
  • Wild Mushroom Strudel
    • Mix of sautéed forest mushrooms, Chevre, Parmesan and aged Gouda cheeses, baked with fresh herbs and wrapped in Filo pastry with a Truffle cream sauce.
  • Delectable Dessert – Seasonal Trio

Cost per person for CCBA members and guests: ……..$48.00

Cost for non-CCBA members and guests: …………….$54.00
Please complete and return your reservation with your name, telephone number, email address, and dinner selection, and payment (Check or PayPal Confirmation No.) to:
– CCBA Court Dinner, PO Box 852, Oregon City, OR 97045
– Email RSVP: [email protected]
– Fax RSVP: 503-658-7394

Mandatory eFiling Coming to a Court Near You!

Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas A. Balmer has approved a plan for a mandatory eFiling requirement for attorneys filing cases in Oregon’s circuit and appellate courts. The Oregon Judicial Department will circulate proposed court rules in the upcoming months for comment. The plan calls for a mandatory date of December 1, 2014 for the eleven circuit courts that currently have the eFiling component of the Oregon eCourt system, and includes a transition plan for those courts implementing the system later.

Mandatory eFiling for attorneys filing in the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court is expected to begin in the spring of 2015, following an amendment to the Oregon Rules of Appellate Procedure. Mandatory eFiling for the Oregon Tax Court will be assessed at a later date.

Click here for more information from the Oregon State Bar.