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Press Release: March 9, 2012

Governor Kitzhaber announces Lane County Circuit Court vacancy  

Judge Mary Ann Bearden to Retire from Lane County Bench

(Salem, OR) —  Governor John Kitzhaber announced today that he is accepting applications for the judicial position on the Lane County Circuit Court to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Mary Ann Bearden, effective April 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 March 26, 2012.  Please note that the interest form recently has been updated.  Applicants who previously applied must resubmit an updated interest form. 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 requires that this vacancy must be filled by an applicant who is a resident of or have a principal office in Lane 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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