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Press Release: August 4, 2011

Governor announces the appointments of Jodie Mooney, Valeri Love and Robert C. Conover to Lane County Circuit Court


(SALEM, Ore.) —  Governor Kitzhaber today announced the appointments of Jodie H. Mooney, Valeri L. Love and Robert “Curt” Conover to fill the vacancies on the Lane County Circuit Court created by the retirements of Judges Douglas Mitchell, Jack Billings and Ted Carp.  
 
Ms. Mooney received a Bachelor of Arts from University of Wisconsin and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from University of Oregon.  Ms. Mooney previously worked in private practice handling civil litigation.  She is currently the Regional Director of Risk Management and Organizational Integrity for PeaceHealth Oregon where she oversees litigation, sentinel event/root cause analysis processes, and patient grievances.  Ms. Mooney is active in the community including public speaking on various topics, mentoring law students, and serving as a member of the Rainbow Youth Group.
 
Ms. Love received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Linfield College, a Master of Management degree from the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Willamette University College of Law.  She started her legal career as a law clerk with the Lane County Circuit Court and then served as a deputy district attorney with the Lane County District Attorney’s Office.  She currently works as a civil litigator with the firm of Gleaves Swearingen Potter & Scott LLP.  Ms. Love is involved in numerous community activities including the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association and Oregon Women Lawyers. 
 
Mr. Conover received a Bachelor of Science degree from California Polytechnic State University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Lewis & Clark Law School.  Mr. Conover has prior experience as a deputy district attorney in Lane and Marion Counties and currently serves as a litigation attorney for Liberty Mutual (Safeco) Insurance Company.  He has also served as a judge pro tem in Florence and Cottage Grove Municipal Courts.
 
“With three vacancies on the Lane County Circuit Court, we really had a great opportunity to bring new energy and diversity to the Court,” said Governor Kitzhaber.  “With the appointment of these candidates, the court is gaining dozens of years of both civil and criminal experience as well as three remarkable lawyers with longstanding commitment to community and public service.  I am confident that they will continue to serve the people of Lane County well.”

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

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