Notice of Judicial Vacancies on the Marion County Circuit Court (District 3)

Notice of Judicial Vacancies on the Marion County Circuit Court (District 3):

Effective December 31, 2015, after more than 25 years on the bench, Marion County Circuit Court Presiding Judge, Jamese L. Rhoades (Position 1), will retire.

Effective October 31, 2015, after more than 16 years on the bench, Marion County Circuit Court Judge, Dennis J. Graves (Position 7), will also retire.

Between September 8, 2015, and October 2, 2015, Governor Kate Brown will accept applications for appointment to the judicial positions vacated by Judge Rhoades and Judge Graves.  To apply for appointment to these vacancies, candidates must:

1. Complete and return by mail or hand delivery, a signed Governor’s Interest Form to: Ben Souede, General Counsel Office of the Governor, 160 State Capitol, 900 Court Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301-4047

This form is available at

2. Complete and return by mail or hand delivery, a signed MCBA Judicial Selection Committee, Biographical Statement to: Marion County Bar Association, Judicial Selection Committee, Attention: Noel Grefenson, 1415 Liberty Street SE, Salem, Oregon 97302

This form is available at the MCBA website.

Note: The deadline for receipt of both forms is 5:00 p.m., October 2, 2015. Mailed forms are timely only if post-marked before the deadline and provided that a faxed or emailed copy is also received by the deadline as follows:

Governor’s Interest Form: Fax (503) 378-6827, E-mail:

MCBA Biographical Statement: Fax (503) 375-4214, E-mail:

On October 27, 2015, the Judicial Selection Committee will interview candidates for recommendations to the Governor.  Interviews will take place throughout the day on the Fifth Floor of the Marion County Courthouse, 555 Liberty Street NE., Salem, Oregon 97301. The Committee will provide interview times to candidates as soon as possible after receipt of all applications.

It is expected that additional investigation and interviews of candidates by the Governor’s Office will take place during November and December, that she will announce her appointments in December and that our new judges will be sworn and take the bench early January 2016.

For additional information, please contact Noel Grefenson at (503) 371-1700.

Reminder: Aug 15th CLE, A Courthouse Connections CLE: The United States Supreme Court – The Term in Review (2011-2012)

The Marion County Bar Association and the Mary Leonard Law Society proudly present:
A Courthouse Connections CLE:  The United States Supreme Court – The Term in Review (2011-2012)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Marion County Courthouse, 5th floor Jury Assembly Room

Featured panelists the Honorable Rives Kistler, Oregon Supreme Court; the Honorable Rebecca A. Duncan, Oregon Court of Appeals; and the Honorable Claudia M. Burton, Marion County Circuit Court, will discuss several of the many notable cases decided by the United States Supreme Court during the 2011-2012 term. 1.0 hour of general CLE credit pending.  This is a free event!

The following cases may be discussed during the CLE:

  1. Arizona and immigration:  Arizona v. United States (No. 11-182)
  2. Federal habeas: Martinez v. Ryan (No. 10-1001)
  3. Health care:  National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius (No. 11-393)
  4. Life terms for juveniles:  Miller v. Alabama (No. 10-9646)
  5. Confrontation clause:  Williams v. Illinois (No. 10-8505)
  6. Ministerial exception:  Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC (No. 10-553)
  7. Rights of accused during plea negotiations:  Missouri v. Frye (No. 10-444) and Lafler v. Cooper (No. 10-209)
  8. Prosecutorial misconduct:  Smith v. Cain (No. 10-8145)
  9. Role of juries:  Southern Union Co. v. United States (No. 11-94)

To reduce event costs and conserve resources, printed materials will not be provided to CLE attendees.

All cases are available for free on the U.S. Supreme Court’s website:

Summer Cocktail Tour – August 16 at Gamberetti’s

Marion County Bar Association &

The Willamette Valley American Inn of Court Presents:

 2012 Summer Cocktail and Social Hour

August 16, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

Hosted By: Saalfeld Griggs

Location: Gamberetti’s, 325 High Street SE.

 Join your colleagues after work to enjoy great company and free drinks!

 RSVP before August 14th to: Caitlin Henry, 503-399-1070 or

This is a free event for MCBA members





Reminder: Memorial Proceddings – Friday November 18, 1:30 pm


Marion County Bar Association

Friday, November 18, 2011, 1:30 p.m.

Courtroom 2-A, Marion County Courthouse

Salem, Oregon

Judges, lawyers, families, and friends of honorees assemble

Hon. Jamese L. Rhoades, Judge

Court convenes and recognizes Sean Armstrong, President of the Marion County Bar Association.  Proceedings reported by Mary Fagan, Court Reporter.

Sean Armstrong, President, Marion County Bar Association

Advises of Motion; presents Motion; invites lawyers for prepared remarks (reserving time for extemporaneous remarks from attending lawyers and judges)

PREPARED REMARKS from lawyers:

Deceased Lawyer Honored Speaker
Walter J. Apley
Hon. H. William “Bill” Barlow, Jr. Hon. Mary Mertens James
Hon Clarke Brown Chapin M. Milbank
William Brickey Honorable Wallace P. Carson, Jr.
Harold “Hal” Burke Ryan Collier
Doug Dawson Erik Wasmann
Tom Higashi David Rhoten
Kathryn Ricciardelli Danny Santos
Craig Rockwell Spencer Rockwell

Judge Rhoades invites extemporaneous remarks from lawyers and judges.

Judge Rhoades recognizes families present.

Allows Motion.  Order shall be entered in court records with excerpts to each family.


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS! November 4, 2011 “Convocation on Equality!”

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS! Ten years ago, Oregon’s legal community celebrated diversity at the “Convocation on Equality.” On November 4, 2011, the OSB will hold a 10-year reunion of the Convocation to look at the past decade’s accomplishments and to strategize for continuing these efforts going forward.

The Bar will recognize Oregon lawyers who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing diversity over the last 10 years.  The Bar welcomes nominations.  Legal and non-legal organizations, such as law firms, non-profits, community organizations, groups, and individuals are invited to submit nominations.

For more information, go to

The nominating form can be found at this link:

Practical Skills Seminar November 2-4, 2011

The Professional Liability Fund is sponsoring a Practical Skills Seminar, Learning the Ropes, for new admittees to the Oregon State Bar and lawyers entering private practice in Oregon.  The seminar includes information on developing a successful practice and avoiding legal malpractice, practical tips from judges and lawyers, presentations on setting up effective office systems, negotiation tips, and access to justice presentations.

Attendance at the full program will satisfy MCLE requirements for new admittees’ first reporting period.  The seminar will be held November 2-4, 2011 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.  Your $65 registration fee includes the entire seminar and lunch on November 3 and 4.

Register early—the deadline is October 26, 2011.
The registration form will be available at the PLF website,

Click on Seminars under Loss Prevention, then “Learning the Ropes,” or by contacting:
DeAnna Shields at Professional Liability Fund

PO Box 231600, Tigard, OR 97281-1600
Fax: (503) 684-7250, Phone: (503) 639-6911 or (800) 452-1639

Saalfeld Griggs PC announces new shareholder

The Salem business law firm of Saalfeld Griggs PC is pleased to announce that Shannon Raye Martinez has become its newest shareholder. Shannon joined the firm as an associate in 2004. Since then, she has been a ferocious advocate for the firm’s clients in the Litigation Group, with an emphasis on banking law, real estate and construction litigation, and creditors’ rights in bankruptcy.

Shannon graduated with honors from Boston College Law School in 2003, and was identified by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2009. When Shannon is not busy fighting for her clients rights, she enjoys kick boxing, throwing the Frisbee for her Labradors Winston and Dugan, and spending time with her husband James.

Mentorship and Career Building: A Panel Discussion

Title: Mentorship and Career Building: A Panel Discussion
Location: Wilson Room, Goudy Commons, Willamette University, Salem
Description: Mary Leonard Law Society
Mentorship and Career Building: A Panel Discussion
Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 12:00 pm
Wilson Room, Goudy Commons, Willamette University, Salem
Panelists will include the Hon. Darleen Ortega, Shenoa Payne, and Kateri Walsh. Details forthcoming.
Start Time: 12:00
Date: 2011-01-18