Judge of the Court of Appeals

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Rebecca A

Occupation: Judge, Oregon Court of Appeals

Occupational Background: Assistant Chief Defender and Deputy Defender, Office of Public Defense Services - Appellate Division (2000-2010); Trial Attorney, Metropolitan Public Defender (1996-2000); Extern, U.S. State Department, Office of the Legal Adviser, Office of Law Enforcement and Intelligence (Fall 1995); Intern, Metropolitan Public Defender (Summer 1995); Intern, Walworth County District Attorney’s Office (Summer 1994)

Educational Background: University of Michigan Law School, JD (1993-1996); University of Wisconsin-Madison, BA (1992- 1993); Reed College (1989-1991); Catholic Central High School, Diploma (1985-1989)

Prior Governmental Experience: Assistant Chief Defender and Deputy Defender, Office of Public Defense Services - Appellate Division; Member - Legislative Work Group on Crime Victims’ Rights Implementation


Before joining the Court of Appeals, Judge Duncan worked as a trial and appellate attorney, handling cases involving novel and complex legal issues. She is a leader and an educator; she has served on the executive boards of the Oregon State Bar’s Criminal Law and Constitutional Law sections, and she has frequently lectured on appellate, criminal, and constitutional law.

Judge Duncan went to law school to pursue a public service career, and she is honored to have had the opportunity to do so first as an attorney and, now, as a judge. She is deeply committed to ensuring that the justice system is accessible to all and faithful to the rule of law. Judge Duncan is conscientious and hard working. She uses her knowledge, experience, and energy to serve the court and the citizens of the state.

Judge Duncan approaches each case with an open mind. She carefully considers the issues that come before her and decides them on their merits. She is dedicated to fulfilling her responsibilities as a judge in a manner worthy of the trust and respect of Oregonians.

(This information furnished by Committee to Retain Judge Rebecca Duncan.)

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