Governor Brown: Supreme Court Applications Due Mon, Oct 1 — UPDATE

The application period is now closed. The following have applied for the Supreme Court vacancy:

Allen, Beth
Baldwin, Russell
Bell, Aaron
Campbell, Bruce
Egan, James
Eiva, Travis
Garrett, Chris
Kron, Michael
Leith, David
Ortega, Darlene
Perry, Kenneth
Runkles-Pearson, PK
Tookey, Douglas

For more information, please see the Oregon State Bar’s website at:

<https://www.osbar.org/judicial/judicialvacancy.html>

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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.