Judge Eric Bloch

Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Eric Bloch

Since January 1, 2003, Judge Bloch has served as a judge on the Multnomah County Circuit Court. He presides over both civil and criminal cases and trials, and for the last four years has been the Supervising Judge for the DUII Intensive Supervision Program (DISP), a large (approximately 700 defendant) treatment court in Multnomah County focusing on high risk DUII offenders.

Judge Bloch graduated from Cornell University with a degree in industrial and labor relations and received his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law. His first job after graduating law school was in private practice in Portland, specializing in medical malpractice. He then left to serve as an Assistant Attorney General in the Special Litigation Unit of the Oregon Department of Justice. There, he worked as part of a small team of lawyers on complex cases involving such issues as free speech, property rights, elections, Indian treaties and the environment. Immediately prior to taking the bench, Judge Bloch served as one of Oregon's two representatives to the Northwest Power Planning Council, a four-state compact agency created under the federal NW Power Act to oversee fish and wildlife and energy conservation and development in the Columbia River Basin.

Written and edited for the Internet in 2008 and updated in 2012.