Juvenile hearings referee named to circuit judgeship
Michele Rini, currently a juvenile hearings referee, will succeed Jim Fun as a Washington County Circuit Court judge.
Gov. Kate Brown announced Rini's appointment, which takes effect Oct. 1. Fun retires Sept. 30 after 15 years on the bench.
"Michele Rini has deep roots in Washington County, and has long served her community as a juvenile hearings referee on this court," Brown said in a statement. "Her experience, compassion, and work ethic will enable her to hit the ground running."
Rini would be up for a full six-year term in Position 13 in the 2022 elections.
Rini is a graduate of Beaverton High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in 1989 from Portland State University and her law degree in 1992 from Lewis & Clark College.
Her private practice focused on criminal, juvenile and family law cases.
In 2005 she became a pro tem judge for Washington County, and in 2006, she became a full-time juvenile hearings referee for the court.
She has presided over a juvenile docket, including juvenile dependency and delinquency hearings, termination of parental rights cases, and emancipation. She has also presided over other matters as needed, including support enforcement cases, small claims motions, and landlord-tenant first appearances.
She also is active outside the courtroom.
She has served for 10 years as a participant in Washington County's model court team, served on the Oregon Judicial Department's implementation work group for SB 1008, a juvenile justice reform bill, and has been active in state and local bar association activities. Rini is a past president of the Washington County Bar Association and a former member of the juvenile law section committee of the Oregon State Bar.
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