Judge of the Circuit Court
Merri Souther Wyatt
Occupation: Judge, Multnomah County Circuit Court
Occupational Background: Judge, Multnomah County Circuit Court since 1994; Multnomah County Juvenile Court Referee; Hearings Officer; Attorney in private practice; Marion County District Attorney's office; Marion-Polk Legal Aid Services; High School and Junior High teacher, 1970-74
Educational Background: University of Oregon, B.A., 1970; Portland State University, Masters Program, 1970-74; Willamette University College of Law, J.D., 1978
Prior Governmental Experience: Juvenile Justice Advisory Council; Chair, Adoption Services Task Force, 1998; Chair, Oregon Children & Youth Services Commission, 1991-93; Podiatry Board, 1978-86; Multnomah County Special Prosecutor - Juvenile Court, 1990; OLCC Hearings Officer, 1990
JUDGE WYATT IS EXPERIENCED, KNOWLEDGEABLE AND HARD-WORKING
Her busy general law practice emphasized family and juvenile, probate, bankruptcy and workers compensation matters giving her a broad understanding of issues affecting our citizens today.
For 12 years, Judge Wyatt has presided over ever more complex and challenging juvenile dependency and delinquency, family and criminal cases.
JUDGE WYATT IS INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY
Children's Trust Fund of Oregon; Children's Relief Nursery Board and former Chair, 1999-2004; Juvenile Justice Advisory Council; City Club and program committee member; Volunteers of America Big Sister; Lewis and Clark Northwestern School of Law mentor; Adoption Services Task Force Chair, 1998; Child Fatalities and Critical Injuries Task Force, 1993; multiple work groups on gender, minority and youth services; public school volunteer; community speaker; Willamette University College of Law Board of Visitors; Understanding Racism facilitator.
JUDGE WYATT MAKES TOUGH DECISIONS WITH INTEGRITY
Judge Wyatt treats people fairly and holds people accountable while protecting community safety. She supports and promotes prevention and intervention services, including drug, alcohol, mental health and educational services, to help individuals, children and families succeed.
JUDGE WYATT PROMOTES EQUAL ACCESS AND JUSTICE FOR ALL
Everyone who appears in Judge Wyatt's courtroom is treated with dignity and respect.
(This information furnished by Merri Souther Wyatt.)