(Amsterdam, Netherlands) — Governor Kitzhaber today announced the appointment of Matthew J. Donohue to fill the vacancy on the Benton County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Janet Schoenhard Holcomb.
“Matt Donohue is a committed public servant familiar with issues impacting both the local community and statewide as a member of the Corvallis 509J school board and as an attorney who litigates in trial courts around the state,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “He also has a deep appreciation of the role that courts and the justice system play in the lives in the community and will be an advocate for increasing access to the courts for all the people of Benton County.”
Mr. Donohue graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from University of Oregon School of Law. After serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Rives Kistler on the Oregon Court of Appeals and the Oregon Supreme Court, Mr. Donohue joined the Oregon Department of Justice as an Assistant Attorney General (AAG) in the Trial Division. As an AAG, Mr. Donohue has handled civil litigation matters throughout the state, including defense of state agency orders and condemnation cases.
A dedicated member of the community, Mr. Donohue has twice been elected to the Corvallis 509J School Board and serves as a volunteer with the Marion County Teen Court.
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