Second Female Chief Judge Of Oregon Is Appointed

Second Female Chief Judge: A new chief justice has been appointed to Oregon’s Supreme Court; she is the state’s second female top judge. On January 1, Meagan Flynn took over for the first female chief justice, Martha Walters, who had served from 2018 until her retirement.

Second Female Chief Judge Of Oregon Is Appointed

Supreme Court justices unanimously selected Flynn as their candidate for chief justice in October and confirmed their support for her in December, giving her a six-year term in office.

Flynn, 55, served as an associate member of the state Supreme Court from 2017 to 2022 after being nominated there by Governor Kate Brown in 2017. In Oregon, she served on the Court of Appeals from 2014 to 2017.

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In a statement released on Thursday, Flynn expressed his gratitude for the chance to serve as chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, the judicial branch, and the people of Oregon. “I look forward to expanding upon the excellent groundwork laid by Chief Justice Martha Walters for our judicial system.” Meagan Flynn, Chief Justice (Oregon Judicial Department)

Brown added two more appointments to the Supreme Court in late December, making her the sole creator of the court’s current makeup. Supreme Court justices are only confirmed after being nominated and winning a subsequent election.


Second Female Chief Judge Of Oregon Is Appointed
Second Female Chief Judge Of Oregon Is Appointed

The Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court is also the state’s highest court’s administrative chief. With almost 200 trial and appellate judges, 1,700 additional personnel, and an annual budget of over $300 million, it has a significant impact on the country. The Oregon Judicial Department is made up of the state’s highest court, intermediate courts, tax courts, circuit courts in each of the state’s 36 counties, and the State Court Administrator’s Office.

Flynn stated in her statement that she intends to “listen, learn, cooperate, and push” for a judicial branch committed to “access, inclusivity, innovation, improvement, and justice for all” in the coming months.

Brown’s new associate judges, Stephen Bushong from the Multnomah County Circuit Court and Bronson James from the Oregon Court of Appeals, were sworn in by Chief Justice Flynn in her first official act in the role. They’re taking over for Walters and the retiring Justice Thomas Balmer. In order to serve, they must seek an election in May of 2024.

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From 1999 to 2014, Flynn was a partner in the Portland legal firm Preston Bunnell & Flynn, where he specialized in civil appellate law. She worked as an associate attorney at Pozzi Wilson Atchison in Portland from 1994 to 1999, handling matters including personal injury, state worker’s compensation, and federal longshore compensation. She worked as a judicial clerk for two Oregon Court of Appeals justices from 1992 to 1994.

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