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.

Belated Note: Hon. Richard C. Baldwin Retires from Oregon Supreme Court

The appointment of the Hon. Meagan A. Flynn to the seat on the Oregon Supreme Court that had been vacated by the retirement of the Hon. Richard C. Baldwin reminds yr. hmbl. crspndt. that he had failed to note in these pages Justice Baldwin’s retirement.  In a belated correction of that oversight:

Justice Richard C. Baldwin retired from the Oregon Supreme Court effective March 31, 2017. He joined the Court in January 2013. He formerly served as a Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge from 2001 to 2012.

During his trial court tenure, his assignments included presiding over drug treatment courts and Multnomah County’s first Mental Health Court. His prior legal experience also includes:

* Law clerk to the Honorable Robert Foley, Oregon Court of Appeals (1975)
* Staff Attorney, Multnomah County Legal Aid (1976 – 1980)
* Trial Attorney, Baldwin & Brischetto (1983 – 1991)
* Director of Litigation, Multnomah County Legal Aid (1991 – 1995)
* Executive Director, Oregon Law Center (1996 – 2000)

Judge Baldwin has worked extensively with community nonprofits and civil rights organizations, including the Fair Housing Council of Oregon, the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Uniting to Understand Racism during his legal career. He served on the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors (1996 – 2000; Vice President, 2000), and the Oregon Judicial Department’s Access to Justice for All Committee (1998 – 2002; Chair, 2002).

Judge Baldwin grew up in San Jose, California, and graduated from San Jose State University (B.A., Philosophy, 1970). He received his Juris Doctorate from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College (1975).

Judge Meagan A. Flynn Appointed to Oregon Supreme Court

Governor Kate Brown has announced that she will appoint Judge Meagan A. Flynn of the Oregon Court of Appeals to the Oregon Supreme Court.  She will fill the vacancy created by Justice Richard C. Baldwin’s retirement effective March 31, 2017. Judge Flynn’s appointment will be effective Saturday, April 1, 2017.

For the full media release and biographical information, please see:

https://www.oregon.gov/newsroom/Pages/NewsDetail.aspx?newsid=1955