Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown announced today that she will appoint Lane County Circuit Court Judge Josephine “Jodie” H. Mooney to the Oregon Court of Appeals. Mooney fills the vacancy created by Justice Chris Garrett’s recent elevation to the Oregon Supreme Court. Her appointment is effective immediately.
“Judge Mooney is a hard-working, straight-shooting trial judge who is passionate about her community, our state, and the rule of law,” Governor Brown said. “Given her judicial experience, keen intellect, and impeccable work ethic, Judge Mooney is well-suited to make an immediate, positive impact as a judge on the Court of Appeals.”
Mooney was appointed to the Lane County Circuit Court by Governor Kitzhaber in 2011. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she worked as a civil defense attorney in Eugene from 1988 to 2005, and served as the director of risk management and organizational integrity for PeaceHealth from 2005 to 2011. Mooney graduated from the University of Wisconsin and the University of Oregon School of Law.
In addition to her law practice and judicial service, Mooney has served her community and the legal profession as an executive board member for the Litigation Section of the Oregon State Bar, as a member of the “Rainbow Rascals” parenting group for Lane County families with lesbian and gay parents, and by mentoring law students. She also previously served as president of the Oregon Circuit Court Judges Association. Judge Mooney and her wife live in Eugene where they raised their two children.