Judge of the Circuit Court
Occupation: Judge of the Circuit Court, Lane County.
Occupational Background: Assistant Public Defender; Attorney in private practice; High school teacher.
Educational Background: J.D., Nova Southeastern University; B.A., English, William Smith College.
Prior Governmental Experience: Eugene Human Rights Commission; Lane County Public Safety Coordinating Council; Lane County Teen Court Judge; Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission; Oregon State Bar Jury Instruction Committee; UO School of Law guest lecturer.
Other Community Service: Board member for Sponsors, Inc.; Relief Nursery; Lane County Legal Aid.
Family: Judge Rooke-Ley and her husband have raised three children, all educated in our public schools.
As an enormously popular public servant, Judge Rooke-Ley is endorsed by citizens and civic leaders throughout our community.
“As a long-time practicing lawyer and as a president of our state bar, I have observed many, many lawyers and judges. Judge Rooke-Ley’s personal and professional qualities are absolutely first-rate.”
– Kathleen Evans
“Judge Rooke-Ley recognizes the necessary balance between public safety and constitutional rights afforded all citizens”
– Lane County Sheriff Russ Burger
“Rooke-Ley has served our community – especially those in need – with energy, intellect and compassion in numerous capacities for nearly two decades. As a judge, she speaks for all of us.”
– The Rev. Dr. Daniel E. H. Bryant
“In my capacity as a law professor and dean, I’ve known Judge Rooke-Ley for over 15 years and have witnessed her tireless commitment to justice and respect her knowledge of the law. She is fair-minded, capable and intelligent.”
– Margaret L. Paris, J.D.
“Judge Rooke-Ley’s understanding of complex legal issues contributes to her ability to reach equitable decisions and foster consensus in complicated issues. Lane County residents are fortunate to have her on the bench.”
– Gerry Gaydos
(This information furnished by Committee To Retain Judge Rooke-Ley.)