(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber today announced the appointment of Beth Roberts to fill the vacancy on the Washington County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Rita Batz Cobb.
“Beth Roberts brings a compelling life story and deep knowledge of criminal and family law to the Washington County Circuit Court,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “As a deputy district attorney, she has been dedicated to programs beyond the courtroom that help to improve lives in the community. I am confident she will bring that commitment and compassion to her new role as a judge.”
Ms. Roberts graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science in business and accounting. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. Ms. Roberts began her legal career as a solo practitioner handling domestic relations and real estate matters, also working with Legal Aid to provide assistance to low-income clients. She worked briefly as a compliance officer for the Financial and Corporate Securities Division of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services before joining the Washington County District Attorney’s Office in 1999. As a deputy district attorney, Ms. Roberts handled a number of different assignments, including working in the child support division and as the representative to the Washington County Drug Court Program.
Ms. Roberts has shown her commitment to Washington County through her service as a deputy district attorney and other community activities. In addition to participating in the Oregon State Bar and the Washington County Bar Association, she is a volunteer with Big Brother/Big Sister of Washington County.
Rachel Wray, 503-559-1277