Judge of the Circuit Court

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Kathleen Payne

Occupation: Oregon Department of Justice, Senior Assistant Attorney General

Occupational Background: Family Law Section and Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice; private law practice; Deputy District Attorney Multnomah County

Educational Background: Lewis and Clark College law degree; University of Oregon, BA; South Eugene High School

Prior Governmental Experience: Assistant Attorney General for 16 years: 11 in the Criminal Justice Division, 5 years in the Family Law Section; Deputy District Attorney for Multnomah County for 9 years; law clerk in Portland City Attorney office for 2 years

  • Recommended in the most recent listing by the Multnomah County Bar Association as "Most Qualified" for Circuit Court Judge
  • Five years in Family and Juvenile Court dealing with troubled families affected by methamphetamine, chronic mental illness, disabilities and criminal involvement and when necessary handling the termination of parental rights of children who have been abused or abandoned
  • Served as specially designated prosecutor in complex felony cases throughout Oregon
  • Twenty years as a prosecutor trying major felony crimes including murder, racketeering and violent sexual assault; extensive experience in prosecuting child abuse cases and working with victims
  • Served on Oregon State Bar Committees; authored and edited articles and publications on evidence, criminal law and procedure
  • Frequent lecturer at training conferences for law enforcement officers and criminal prosecutors

I have tried over 1,000 cases in state and county courts throughout Oregon. My extensive experience in the courtroom has taught me that a good court system is essential and knowledgeable, experienced judges are required to protect that system. I will work to ensure that the courts are useful and accessible to the public and where all citizens are treated appropriately.

Endorsed by: Michael D. Schrunk, Multnomah County District Attorney; Dan Noelle, retired Multnomah County Sheriff; Richard D. Walker, retired Portland Police Chief; Steve Doell, Crime Victims United; Robert Ball, Real Estate Investor; Carl K. Davis, retired business executive

(This information furnished by Kathleen Payne.)

Elections Division, Oregon Secretary of State • 136 State Capitol • Salem, OR 97310-0722