Judge of the Circuit Court

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  • 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.)

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