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Governor Kitzhaber announces the appointments of Kelly Ravassipour and J. Adam Peterson to Jackson County Circuit Court

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber today announced the appointments of Kelly W. Ravassipour and J. Adam Peterson to fill vacancies on the Jackson County Circuit Court created by the retirements of Judges G. Philip Arnold and Daniel L. Harris.  
Ms. Ravassipour received a Bachelor of Arts from Willamette University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Oregon. After law school, she worked for the State of Alaska Superior Court and for the law firm of Frohnmayer, Deatherage, Jamieson, Moore, Armosino and McGovern in Medford before joining the Southern Oregon Public Defender’s Office in 2003.  As a public defender, Ms. Ravassipour has handled all types of criminal cases including Measure 11 and juvenile dependency and delinquency cases, and was instrumental in creating the juvenile department at the Public Defender’s Office. Ms. Ravassipour is involved in a number of community activities including volunteer work with Legal Aid, serving as one of the coordinators of the annual Rogue Run Half-Marathon, and volunteering with the Classroom Law Project.
Mr. Peterson received a Bachelor of Arts from Willamette University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Creighton University School of Law. He has spent his legal career at the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office where he has been responsible for handling major felonies, including homicides, and juvenile cases. Mr. Peterson is also assigned to the Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes Task Force and is responsible for prosecuting technology-facilitated crimes. He is also designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Oregon specializing in the prosecution of child exploitation crimes in federal court. Mr. Peterson’s community involvement includes serving on the board of directors for Southern Oregon Legal Services and CASA of Jackson County, and volunteering as a varsity football coach and moot court coach at St. Mary’s High School.
“Ms. Ravassipour and Mr. Peterson reflect the best of our judicial system—two outstanding lawyers who have worked on opposite sides of the aisle as diligent and respectful advocates to obtain the best results for their clients and for the people of Jackson County,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “They both bring new ideas and energy to the Jackson County Circuit Court and as colleagues, will reinforce the legitimacy of the courts and the important role of judges in the administration of justice.”

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