A high-ranking judge is departing the state’s highest court for a position on the federal bench, signaling a time of transition in Oregon’s legal community. Legal experts and political observers are waiting with bated breath after Governor Kotek declared a vacancy on the Oregon Supreme Court. The stakes are high, and the competition is heated as Oregonians await the nomination of a new justice.
Federal Appointment Sparks Oregon Supreme Court Shuffle
After Justice Adrienne Nelson accepted a position on the U.S. District Court for Oregon, Governor Tina Kotek announced on Wednesday, 5 April, that she would be soliciting applicants to fill the resulting vacancy on the Oregon Supreme Court. Ktvz.com has confirmed this information.
Shevaun Gutridge can be reached through email at [email protected] on behalf of Richard A. Lane, General Counsel, Office of the Governor. No hard copies of completed applications will be accepted. All applications must be postmarked no later than Thursday, April 27, 2023, at 5 p.m.
According to the statement, Governor Kotek makes merit-based appointments to vacant judicial positions. She hopes to hear from attorneys with a wide range of expertise and perspectives.
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A Supreme Court judge in Oregon must meet the requirements of ORS 2.020, which state that they must be an American citizen, an Oregon resident for at least three years before their appointment, and a member of the Oregon State Bar.
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