Judge of the Circuit Court
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Charles M.


Occupation: Judge, Circuit Court Lane County.

Occupational Background: 19 years of practice in Lane County as private attorney.

Educational Background: University of Oregon School of Law, JD (with honors), 1988; University of Connecticut, BS (Natural Resources Management), 1983.

Prior Governmental Experience: Member, Eugene Police Commission (2006-2007); Assistant Creswell Municipal Court Judge (1996-1998); Assistant Eugene City Prosecutor (1990-1992).

Family: Wife and three children.

Caring about community

Volunteer attorney, Senior Legal Services; volunteer backup manager and former board member, Oregon Country Fair. Past activities include chairmanship, Eugene Celebration steering committee, and board membership/secretary, BRING Recycling.

Active in the bar association

Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Lane County Bar; Treasurer, Family Law Section Oregon State Bar; and former member, Executive and Legislative committees, Debtor/Creditor Section, Oregon State Bar.

As a judge, I:

Respect the parties, witnesses, jurors and the law.

Listen carefully to the parties and their attorneys.

Keep an open mind. I make no assumptions based on the way people dress, speak, or look and don't make up my mind until I have heard from all sides.

Maintain compassion. To the people involved, theirs is the most important case before the court. People in court are often under significant stress, and the decisions the court makes can have a major impact on their lives.

Follow the law. I do not substitute my personal beliefs. Am decisive and unbiased. I make decisions in a timely manner without regard to whether those decisions are popular with any person or group.

Communicate. I explain the judicial process to the parties, witnesses, and jurors, and I explain the reasons behind my rulings.

Am innovative. I look for opportunities to provide better judicial services to the community.

Help people resolve their differences. Not every case needs to be resolved by trial. I encourage the use of mediation and settlement conferences whenever appropriate.

I pledge to work hard every day to be worthy of the title "Judge".

(This information furnished by Charles M. Zennache'.)