Judge of the Circuit Court
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Michael H.


Occupation: Circuit Court Judge

Occupational Background: District Court Judge 1990-98; Judge in Circuit Court since 1998; Law Clerk, California Supreme Court 1969-70; Legal Services attorney 1970-1990.

Educational Background: AB, University of California, 1966; JD, Boalt Hall, 1969, Law Review, Coif

Prior Governmental Experience: Portland Housing Advisory Committee, 1981-1990; Oregon Judicial Conference: Chair, Technology in the Courts Committee since 2001; Chair, Criminal Law Committee 1999-2001; Council on Court Procedures 1993-2001; Oregon Judicial Department Technology Committee since 2005.

Bar Admissions: Oregon 1974; US Supreme Court 1977; US Court Of Appeals (9th Circuit) 1970; US District Court (ND Cal 1970, D OR 1975); California 1970

Judge Marcus honors jurors and strives to provide all a fair and efficient hearing in civil and criminal cases. He is a leader in promoting evidence-based sentencing. Programs, prisons, and alternatives should be used where and when they best serve public safety. "Just deserts" is not enough; it is no substitute for accountability for the courts' impact on our communities. What is really "tough on crime" reduces crime; we must measure criminal sentences by that standard. Otherwise we allow avoidable victimizations, and too often impose sanctions that are counterproductive, uselessly cruel, and wasteful of public resources. Judge Marcus has promoted legislation, a judicial conference resolution, and state and local efforts to make sentences better serve public safety. See http://www.smartsentencing.com. He supports performance measures that reflect the impact of courts and their partners on the well being of children, families, and communities.


If you are not familiar with the courts, ask someone who is. Judge Michael Marcus deserves your vote.

(This information furnished by Reelect Judge Michael Marcus.)