Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown announced today that she will appoint Bradley A. Cascagnette to the Lane County Circuit Court and Paige E. Clarkson to be District Attorney of Marion County. Mr. Cascagnette, a criminal defense lawyer, fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Mustafa T. Kasubhai, which was occasioned by his appointment as a Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court. Ms. Clarkson, a career prosecutor who was elected for a term to begin in January, will complete the term of retiring District Attorney Walt Beglau. Mr. Cascagnette’s appointment is effective immediately; Ms. Clarkson’s appointment is effective October 1.
“While Brad Cascagnette and Paige Clarkson come from opposing sides of our criminal justice system, these bright lights of the legal profession have demonstrated a commitment to the fair administration of justice,” Governor Brown said. “These two individuals are the right people for these jobs; the people of Lane and Marion Counties are fortunate to have these two public servants.”
Mr. Cascagnette is a partner at the law firm Gardner, Potter, Budge, Spickard & Cascagnette, LLC, where he has represented indigent defendants since 2003. He is also administrator of the Lane County Defense Consortium, a role in which he oversees and coordinates 13 criminal defense lawyers. Mr. Cascagnette received a bachelor’s degree from Albion College and a law degree from the University of Oregon Law School. He is a volunteer ski patroller for National Ski Patrol and a mentor to young lawyers through the Oregon State Bar.
Ms. Clarkson has worked as a prosecutor at the Marion County District Attorney’s Office for her entire legal career. She ran unopposed in the May election to replace retiring District Attorney Walt Beglau for a term to begin in January. Mr. Beglau has decided to leave office early, at the end of September. Ms. Clarkson is a member of Governor Brown’s Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission and is an instructor at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. She received a bachelor’s degree from University of California Santa Barbara and a law degree from Willamette University College of Law.