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Oregon native, West Linn resident fills vacancy left by retirement of Douglas Van Dyk

Gov. Kate Brown has appointed Oregon native Cody Weston to the Clackamas County Circuit Court, taking over a position previously held by Judge Douglas Van Dyk for 19 years until his retirement in April.Cody Weston

Weston, now a resident of West Linn, graduated in 1987 from Polk County's Dallas High School in the Willamette Valley before attending Harvard College and graduating with honors in 1991.

Weston went on to join the Marines, where he not only served as a platoon commander and infantry officer but began pursuing a law career. Weston earned his law degree from the University of Oregon while in the Marines and became a military lawyer.

Weston's responsibilities as a military lawyer included handling criminal matters as a Judge Advocate General prosecutor as well as providing legal advice to deployed Marines dealing with a variety of civil legal issues. Weston also authored and co-authored numerous research articles regarding military justice and legal issues.

He left the Marines in 2004 after 12 years and joined the law firm Perkins Coie in Portland, where he worked as the head of their business litigation group, specializing in commercial civil litigation.

Weston has been recognized for his work on a number of cases, including his pro bono representation of an extrajudicial detainee held at Guantanamo Bay from 2002 to 2006 after being captured earlier in Kazakhstan. According to a Perkins Coie press release, Weston and his team began representing the detainee, named Ilkham Turdbyavich Batayev, in 2004 and made a total of "five trips to Guantanamo, numerous trips to the Kazakh embassy in Washington, D.C., and a trip to Kazakhstan to meet with his family, the Kazakh press and potential witnesses."

"Cody Weston brings an incredible depth of experience in both public service and private practice, and I am pleased to appoint him to join the Clackamas County bench," Brown said.

Weston's appointment was effective immediately upon Brown's announcement on July 6.

The previous judge Van Dyk joined the court in 2002 and had been the second-longest serving judge on the Clackamas County bench this year, behind Robert Herndon. Van Dyk officially retired on April 30.

CORRECTION: When Judge Douglas Van Dyk retired from the Clackamas County Circuit Court in April, he was the second-longest serving current Clackamas County judge, not the second longest serving judge in Clackamas County history. Robert Herndon is the current longest serving judge in Clackamas County, and Patrick D. Gilroy was the longest sitting judge in Clackamas County history, serving from 1974-2005. We regret the error.

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