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Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will appoint Debra E. Velure to the Lane County Circuit Court. Ms. Velure will fill the vacancy created by Judge Karsten H. Rasmussen’s retirement. Her appointment is effective immediately.

“Debra Velure brings a wealth of civil litigation experience, an even-keeled approach, and a deep commitment to her community,” Governor Brown said. “I am so pleased that she is willing to serve the people of Lane County in her new role as circuit court judge.”

Ms. Velure is a trial attorney in the Law Office of Julie D. Elkins, where she represents Farmers Insurance. During her twenty-five year legal career, Ms. Velure has litigated a wide range of matters, including personal injury cases, tort claims, complex business litigation, and employment law issues. She also served as a pro tem judge for the Lane County Circuit Court from 2014 to 2016. Ms. Velure earned her bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University, and her law degree from the University of Oregon.

In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Velure has been active in professional and community activities. She is past president of Oregon Women Lawyers, was a member of the City of Eugene’s Civilian Review Board, and currently serves on the Oregon State Bar’s Local Disciplinary Board and Board of Accountancy.


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