Judge of the Supreme Court

Rives Kistler photo


  • Occupation: Judge, Oregon Supreme Court

    Occupational Background: Judge of the Court of Appeals (1999-2003); Assistant Attorney General for the Oregon Department of Justice (1987-1999); Attorney, Stoel Rives LLP (1983-1987); Adjunct Professor of State Constitutional Law, Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College (1999 and 1997); Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States (1982-1983) and to the Honorable Charles Clark, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (1981-1982)

    Educational Background: Georgetown University Law School, JD, summa cum laude (1981); University of North Carolina, MA (1978); Williams College, BA, cum laude (1971)

    Prior Governmental Experience: Assistant Attorney General for the Oregon Department of Justice; Chair, National Association of Attorneys General First Amendment Working Group; Member, National Association of Attorneys General Criminal Law Working Group; Vice-Chair, Oregon State Board of Bar Examiners


    “With a long record of service to our state, Judge Kistler is the ideal choice to serve on the Oregon Supreme Court. He has a tremendous work ethic, a deep understanding of the law, and has earned my strongest support.”
    Dave Frohnmayer, Oregon Attorney General 1981-1991

    “More than ever, we need judges committed to upholding our Constitution. Oregon and its citizens are fortunate to have an individual of Judge Kistler’s caliber and character on the bench.”
    William L. Richardson
    Oregon Court of Appeals 1976-1997
    Chief Judge 1993-1997

    “Rives Kistler is a great judge. He’s practical, hard-working, knowledgeable and tough. We hope you’ll join us in voting for Judge Kistler for Oregon Supreme Court.”
    Walter M. Beglau, Marion County District Attorney
    Edwin Caleb, Klamath County District Attorney
    John S. Foote, Clackamas County District Attorney
    Michael D. Schrunk, Multnomah County District Attorney

    “Judge Kistler’s intelligence, integrity and even-handedness make him an exceptionally important member of the Oregon Supreme Court. He’s a great asset to Oregon’s judicial system.”
    Barbara Roberts, Oregon Governor 1991-1995


    (This information furnished by Committee to Reelect Judge Rives Kistler.)

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