Two seats open on Oregon Court of Appeals following retirements
Two judges have announced they will retire from the Oregon Court of Appeals at the end of the year, and Gov. Kate Brown is seeking applicants for the vacancies.
They will succeed Judge Rex Armstrong, and Judge Joel DeVore. The appointees will be up for election to full six-year terms in 2022.
Armstrong, 71, is the court's longest serving member at 27 years when he departs at the end of the year. Armstrong was elected to an open seat in 1994 after 16 years in private practice in Portland that focused on civil litigation and appeals. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1974 from the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree in 1977 from the University of Oregon.
He was a law clerk to Justice Hans Linde on the Oregon Supreme Court in 1977-78. He also was a clerk in the U.S. attorney's office in Portland. Among his jobs was Eastern Oregon field representative for U.S. Sen. Mark Hatfield.
He holds Position 10.
He will have served the longest as a judge on the Court of Appeals, created in 1969 and now one of the nation's busiest intermediate-level courts. Rick Haselton was a judge almost 22 years, including a stint as its chief judge, when he retired at the end of 2015. Walt Edmonds served 21 years from 1989 to 2010, and William Richardson just short of 21 years from 1976 to 1997, including a stint as its chief judge.
Armstrong was elected to his most recent term in 2018, when he defeated Kyle Krohn, a public defender, by 62.5% to 37.1%, the balance going to others not on the official ballot.
He is married to Leslie Roberts, who retired as a Multnomah County circuit judge earlier this year.
Also retiring at the end of the year is DeVore, who was named to the court of appeals in 2013.
DeVore, 70, was one of three judges appointed by then-Gov. John Kitzhaber to newly created Court of Appeals seats in October 2013. He spent 25 years in private practice in Eugene before his appointment. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1974 from Antioch College and his law degree in 1982 from the University of Oregon.
He was a law clerk to Judge Thomas Young on the Court of Appeals — the same court he was appointed to 30 years later — in 1982-83.
He won his current term in 2020, when he also defeated Krohn, 57.7% to 41.9%.
Applicants must submit applications to the governor's office by Sept, 8.
The process is separate from that being used for consideration of a successor to Justice Lynn Nakamoto, who will retire Dec. 31 from the Oregon Supreme Court. Applicants who want to be considered for both must submit separate forms.
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