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Judge Eric J Bloch, Chair

Judge Eric Bloch

Judge Eric Bloch became a Circuit Court Judge in Multnomah County in 2003, and has since been elected to serve three terms. Judge Bloch’s judicial responsibilities have included presiding over civil and criminal cases and trials, doing judicial settlement conferences, and serving as the presiding judge in two of Multnomah County’s three drug courts.

Since 2015, Judge Bloch is serving as the Chief Justice’s representative to the Oregon Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission, of which he was elected Chair in 2017. He has also served as Chair of the Oregon Judicial Department’s Leadership and Education Committee, and as the President of the Oregon Association of Drug Court Professionals. Judge Bloch has also served on the Chief Justice’s Crime Victim Rights Compliance Committee and on a multi-disciplinary group convened by the Judiciary Committee of the Oregon Legislature to draft implementing legislation for Oregon’s crime victim’s rights constitutional amendments. 

Judge Bloch received his undergraduate degree from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, and his Juris Doctorate from the School of Law at the University of Oregon.  Judge Bloch has worked in private law practice in Portland for several years.  He served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Special Litigation Unit of the Oregon Department of Justice working on cases involving issues related to free speech, property rights, elections, Native American treaty rights, and the environment.  Immediately prior to taking the bench, Judge Bloch was serving as a policy advisor to Governor John Kitzhaber, and as one of Oregon’s two representatives to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. 

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