Occupation: Circuit Court Judge, Incumbent
Occupational Background: 18 years: Lawyer, Arbitrator and Judge (appointed 2002); Foundryman, Construction Labor
Educational Background: University of Washington B.A., Case Western Reserve University School of Law J.D.
Prior Governmental Experience: Clackamas Family Court Advisory Committee; Clackamas Family Coordinating Committee; Children's Justice Task Force; Juvenile Court Assessment Review Committee
JUDICIAL PHILOSOPHYApply the law: It is my duty to find the law and apply it. I do my best to follow the mandates of the higher courts and legislature when applying legal precedent or interpreting statutes or rules.
Fairness: To the participants, a trial should seem the embodiment of fairness. Adverse rulings are difficult for parties (and sometimes attorneys) to accept. The parties' belief that the judge is concerned about the people in front of him, that he has tried his best to reach the right result, helps healing begin.
Contribute to Community: I am very concerned about the impact of crime on families. Almost half the crime in our county involves a victim with a close personal relationship with the defendant. Many of those cases involve physical abuse of women and children. We must reduce violence in the home. I am working with experts in law enforcement and domestic violence to explore ways to intervene before it's too late, before we have a victim.
THE COMMUNITY CHOICE
"JUDGE VAN DYK'S BREADTH OF EXPERIENCE, INVOLVEMENT IN OUR COMMUNITY AND COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SAFETY HAS EARNED THE RESPECT AND ENDORSEMENT OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS OF CLACKAMAS COUNTY."
Clackamas County Peace Officers Association
District Attorneys: John Foote, Jim O'Leary (ret)
Retired Sheriffs Ris Bradshaw, Bill Brooks
Brent Summers, Clackamas Bar President
Legislators: Wayne Scott, Mike Schaufler, Jane Lokan (retired),
Sharon O'Shea, Former Victim's Assistance Director
Firefighters Local #1159
Former Commissioner, Ed Lindquist
Joan Smith, Oregon Impact Director
Northwest Oregon Labor Council
Carpenters Local #1388
Doug Poppen, Clackamas Juvenile Department
Most County Judges and Police Chiefs
(This information furnished by Retain Judge Van Dyk Committee.)