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Press Release: November 1, 2011

Governor Kitzhaber announces Circuit Court vacancy

 Judge Mendiguren to retire from Tenth Judicial District

(Salem, OR) —  Governor John Kitzhaber announced today that he is accepting applications for a judicial position on the Circuit Court for the Tenth Judicial District to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Phillip A. Mendiguren. The Governor thanked Judge Mendiguren for his service to Union and Wallowa Counties and said he will fill the position by appointment. Judge Mendiguren’s retirement takes effect January 1, 2012.  
Anyone interested in filling the position must submit an Interest Form for Judicial Appointments to the Governor’s office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 18, 2011. 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. Please note that the interest form has been recently updated.
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(3) requires that this vacancy be filled by an applicant who is a resident of or have a principal office in Union County or Wallowa County. 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/judicial.shtml

Media Contacts:
Tim Raphael, 503-689-6117
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324

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