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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:
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.
Governor Brown will appoint Oregon Court of Appeals Judge Rebecca A. Duncan to the Oregon Supreme Court seat being vacated by the Hon. David V. Brewer. Judge Duncan’s seat on the Court of Appeals will be filled from the existing applicant pool for other positions on that court. More below the fold:
The Supreme Court’s media release is available here:
The full text of the media release is quoted below the fold:
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.