Judge of the Circuit Court
Occupation: Jackson County Circuit Court Judge.
Occupational Background: Attorney, 1983-97; Legal Assistant/ Clerk, 1978-83; Legislative Advisor, Senator Mark Hatfield, 1976-78; logger and road builder.
Educational Background: University of Oregon School of Law, JD (Associate Editor, Oregon Law Review); Brigham Young University, BS.
Prior Governmental Experience: Circuit Court Judge for Jackson County, 1997-present; Judge Pro Tempore for the Oregon Court of Appeals, 2005-06; Oregon Judicial Council, 2008-09; State Council on Court Procedures, 1997-2009; Oregon Commission on Professionalism, 1999-present (Chair, 2004); Court-appointed arbitrator, 1988-97; Ashland School Board, 1997; Ashland Planning Commission, 1988-92.
JUDGE HARRIS IS COMMITTED TO
FAMILY, CHILDREN AND COMMUNITY
As a community leader: Jackson County Family Nurturing Center Board, 2006-08; Jackson County Boys and Girls Club Board, 1999-2002; Jackson County STARS Board, 1997-2002; Ashland School Board, 1997; Rotary Club, 1985-present.
As a parent: Little League manager/coach, 1991-03; YMCA basketball and football coach, 1994-06; Boy Scout leader.
As a judge: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, 1998-present; presented the TV program "The People's Law Forum" from 1991-2004; Instructor at the "New Judges School," 2001 to present.
JUDGE HARRIS IS A LEADER AND AN INNOVATOR
IN THE LEGAL COMMUNITY
Leader in the Legal Community: Oregon Circuit Court Judges Association (President, 2008-09; executive board, 2004-present); Jackson County Bar Association (President, 1998; executive committee, 1995-2008); Oregon State Bar House of Delegates, 1996-98; Oregon State Bar Civil Procedure and Practice Committee, 1992-95 (Chair, 1995); Local Professional Responsibility Committee, 1984-87; Recipient of the Oregon State Bar "President's Public Service Award," 1995, for work performed in the legislature to protect and improve the court system in Oregon.
Jury Trial Innovations: Through the Council on Court Procedures, Judge Harris has been successful in changing court rules in Oregon to (1) allow jurors to ask questions of witnesses, (2) require judges to put jury instructions in writing and (3) streamline and improve the process of conducting jury trials.
(This information furnished by The Committee to Re-Elect Judge Dan Harris.)