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Governor Kate Brown Announces Additional Lane County Circuit Court Vacancy

SALEM — Governor Kate Brown announced today that she intends to fill a judicial vacancy created by the planned retirement of Judge Lauren Holland from the Lane County Circuit Court. Her retirement will take effect June 30, 2022. The Governor thanked Judge Holland for her dedicated judicial service.

The Governor’s Office currently is conducting an appointment process for Lane County, to fill the vacancy created by the previously announced retirement of Judge Charles Carlson. Applicants who apply for that position also will be considered for the vacancy created by Judge Holland’s retirement. The Governor will fill both Lane County vacancies from the same applicant pool.

Interested applicants should address their completed application forms to Dustin Buehler, General Counsel, Office of the Governor, and email (no mail or hand delivery) those completed forms to Shevaun Gutridge at  shevaun.gutridge@oregon.gov. Forms must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 3, 2022.

Governor Brown fills judicial vacancies based on merit. She encourages applications from lawyers with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.

ORS 3.041 and 3.050 provide that at the time of appointment to the court, the candidate must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of Oregon, and a member of the Oregon State Bar. SB 977, recently passed by the Legislature, creates a new requirement. It amends ORS 3.041 and requires that these vacancies must be filled by persons who are residents of or have principal offices in the judicial districts to which they are appointed or adjacent judicial districts.

Comments on any of the candidates can be submitted to Dustin Buehler, General Counsel, Office of the Governor, at 503-378-6246, or dustin.e.buehler@oregon.gov

For questions about the appointment process, contact Shevaun Gutridge at 503-378-6246 or shevaun.gutridge@oregon.gov

The judicial interest form is also available online.

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