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Press Release: April 19, 2011

Governor Announces Marion County Circuit Court Vacancies
Judge Dickey and Judge Abernethy to Retire from Marion County Bench

(Salem, Ore.)—Governor Kitzhaber announced today that he is accepting applications for two judicial positions on the Marion County Circuit Court to fill the vacancies created by the retirements of Judge Don A. Dickey, effective April 30, 2011, and Judge Pamela L. Abernethy, effective June 30, 2011.

 Anyone interested in filling the positions must submit an Interest Form for Judicial Appointments to the Governor’s office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2011. Please note the form has been recently updated. Interested applicants should mail or deliver the forms to: Liani J. Reeves, General Counsel, Office of the Governor, 900 Court Street NE, Salem, OR 97301-4047.

Governor Kitzhaber fills judicial vacancies based on merit. He 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 that in judicial districts with a population of under 500,000: "[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[.]" 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 (503-378-6246).  The Interest Form for Judicial Appointments is also available online at http://governor.oregon.gov/Gov/boards.shtml#Judicial___D_A__Appointments.

Media Contacts:
Christine Miles, 503-559-8795
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324

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