Judge of the Circuit Court
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Stephen K


Occupation: Judge, Multnomah County Circuit Court, Department 21.

Occupational Background: Trial lawyer for 23 years, including almost 14 years with the Oregon Department of Justice and 9 years in private practice in Portland.

Educational Background: University of Michigan Law School, J.D. (1984); University of Michigan, B.A. (1980).

Prior Governmental Experience: Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge (February 2008-present); Oregon Department of Justice, Chief Trial Counsel (2005-08); Attorney-in-Charge, Special Litigation Unit (1999-2005); Senior Assistant Attorney General (1996-99); Assistant Attorney General (1994-96); Judicial Clerk, United States District Court, Michigan (1984-85).

Judge Bushong is Experienced

Before his appointment to the bench, Judge Bushong served as Oregon's lead trial counsel in many important cases affecting public policies and the institutions, operation, and financing of state government. As head of the Department of Justice's Trial Division, he managed thousands of cases, including a wide variety of civil lawsuits and challenges to criminal convictions. He received the Attorney General's Outstanding Service Award in 2004 and 2005.

Judge Bushong is a Leader

Judge Bushong served on the Attorney General's executive staff and the executive boards of the Oregon State Bar's Litigation and Government Law sections. He is a frequent speaker at legal education seminars, and writes a regular feature in the state bar's Litigation Journal. Judge Bushong also coached youth baseball for many years.

Judge Bushong Cares

Judge Bushong has devoted most of his professional career to public service. He is committed to protecting public safety and respecting the rights and dignity of each person appearing in his courtroom. Judge Bushong believes that the public's confidence in the men and women who administer justice is the backbone of the rule of law. He is committed to enhancing that confidence in our courts.

(This information furnished by Committee to Retain Judge Stephen K Bushong.)