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Press Release: February 8, 2012

Governor Kitzhaber appoints Oscar Garcia to the Washington County Circuit Court

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber today announced the appointment of Oscar Garcia to fill the vacancy on the Washington County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Steven L. Price.
“Mr. Garcia has a diverse practice background and deep ties to Washington County,” said Governor Kitzhaber of Oscar Garcia’s appointment. “He has been a passionate and effective advocate for his clients and has a long, demonstrated commitment to ensuring access to justice as an attorney. I am pleased that he wants to serve the community of Washington County in this new role and know that he will be a fair and impartial judge.”
Oscar Garcia received his Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from University of Oregon School of Law. Mr. Garcia started his legal career at the Metropolitan Public Defender Services, Inc office. In 1998, he opened up his own practice in Hillsboro specializing in criminal defense in state and federal court and also has handled family and juvenile law matters. He also serves as an advisory attorney to the Consulate of Mexico, Portland, Oregon, Office, and has developed and taught a class on Latinos in the Law at University of Oregon School of Law. Prior to law school, he served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserve Forces and the Oregon National Guard and continued to serve in his early years as a practicing attorney in Washington County.  
Mr. Garcia is actively involved with civic and community service. He is a member of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Washington County Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, and the Spanish Language Legal Network Directory where he serves as Editor and production coordinator. He also serves on the Oregon State Bar’s Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and has participated in mentoring activities for high school, college and law students.  

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

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