Judge of the Circuit Court
Cindee S. Matyas
Occupational Background: Family Law Attorney, private practice, 1998-present; Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program Director, Clatsop and Tillamook Counties, 1997-1998.
Educational Background: Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College, Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1987; Western Michigan University; Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, 1980.
Prior Governmental Experience: Municipal Court Judge, Cannon Beach, 2001-present; Pro-Tem Municipal Court Judge for Astoria, Seaside and Warrenton, present; Hearings Officer for Clatsop County, 2000-present; Clatsop County District Attorney's Office-Chief Deputy District Attorney, 1993 to 1996; Deputy District Attorney, 1991-1993, Child Abuse Investigations, 1996-1997; Clackamas County District Attorney's Office - Deputy District Attorney, 1989-1991.
Community and Professional Involvement
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Board Member, 1998- present;
Oregon State Bar and Clatsop County Bar Association Member;
Family Law Advisory Committee, Clatsop County, 1999-2004;
Collaborative Custody and Parenting Plan Evaluation Panel, 1999-2001;
Juvenile Mediation Project Committee, 2000-2002;
Clatsop Community College Instructor, Winter Terms 1999 and 2000.
Former Committee Member, Local Professional Responsibility Committee, Oregon State Bar Association;
Astoria Library Board, 2002-present;
Astoria Public School District Site Council, 2000-present;
Girl Scouts of America, Leader, 2000-present;
My experience as a judge, hearings officer, prosecutor, family attorney and advocate for children has given me a unique opportunity to consider legal issues, as well as community problems and concerns from a wide range of views. As a judge, I enjoy the challenge of finding creative ways to insure compliance with the law within the context of available resources. I treat all parties with respect and believe in the importance of providing opportunities for a thorough and objective review of the matters in dispute. I strive to provide a consistent and fair outcome and am dedicated to furthering the interests of justice.
(This information furnished by Committee to Elect Cindee S. Matyas.)