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Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced the appointment of Robert S. Bain to the Josephine County Circuit Court. Mr. Bain will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Michael Newman. The appointment is effective immediately.

“Robert Bain has devoted his life and legal career to bettering the lives of the people of his home county,” said Governor Brown. "His sharp legal mind, calm and thoughtful demeanor, and wide breadth of knowledge and experience will be tremendous assets as he assumes the bench in Josephine County.”

Mr. Bain has practiced as a sole practitioner in Grants Pass for more than 20 years, focusing primarily on juvenile and criminal law. Since 2011, he also has served as a Pro Tem Judge in Josephine County Circuit Court. Previously, from 2006 to 2007, Mr. Bain took a brief hiatus from the practice of law to teach social studies at North Valley High School. After graduating from Hidden Valley High School, he earned both his bachelor degree and law degree from the University of Oregon.

Mr. Bain is active in his local community, as well. Among other things, he has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and as a volunteer attorney for North Valley High School's mock trial and career fair programs.


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