Governor to Appoint Multnomah County Judge

Notice of Judicial Vacancy: Application Deadline June 15, 2016, 5pm

Governor Kate Brown has announced that she is accepting applications for a judicial vacancy on the Multnomah County Circuit Court created by the planned retirement of Judge Jean Kerr Maurer. Governor Brown thanks Judge Maurer for her dedicated judicial service, and will fill the position by appointment. Judge Maurer's retirement takes effect June 30, 2016.

Interested applicants should mail or deliver their completed Judicial Interest application forms to:

Benjamin Souede
General Counsel, Office of the Governor
900 Court Street NE, Ste. 160
Salem, OR 97301-4047

If applicants wish to be screened by the Multnomah Bar Association Judicial Screening Committee using its process, please complete, sign and return this application by 5pm on June 15, 2016 to the MBA via email. Previous applicants who are on the current MBA Highly Qualified List need not reapply, but may notify the MBA of their desire to be considered for the appointment.

Forms must be received by 5pm on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Forms emailed by 5pm on the closing date will be considered timely so long as original signed forms postmarked by the closing date are later received. Please note that the judicial interest form has been updated.

Governor Brown fills judicial vacancies based on merit and encourages applications from lawyers with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.

ORS 3.041 and 3.050 provide that at the time of appointment to the court, the candidate must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of Oregon, and a member of the Oregon State Bar. ORS 3.041(2) further states: "[e]ach judge of the circuit court shall be a resident of or have a principal office in the judicial district for which the judge is elected or appointed, except that in any judicial district having a population of 500,000 or more, according to the latest federal decennial census, any judge of the circuit court may reside within 10 miles of the boundary of the judicial district." Multnomah County has a population in excess of 500,000. ORS 3.041(5) provides the required length of time for the residency requirements.

To receive answers to questions about the appointment process, or to request an interest form, contact Jen Andrew at 503.378.6246 or

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