Governor Kitzhaber today announced the appointments of Lindsay R. Partridge and David E. Leith to fill the vacancies on the Marion County Circuit Court created by the retirements of Judges John B. Wilson and Joseph C. Guimond.
"Mr. Partridge brings a long history of serving juveniles and representing indigent clients, which will be a valuable addition to the bench," said Governor Kitzhaber. "He will also bring compassion, empathy and an understanding of the circumstances that bring our state's citizens into contact with our courts."
Mr. Partridge received a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Willamette University, both with Honors. He has most recently practiced as a solo practitioner with an emphasis in juvenile law, including delinquency, dependency, termination of parental rights, and juvenile, guardianship and adoption cases. He also has a background in indigent criminal defense. He has been serving as a pro tem judge in Marion County and served as a municipal judge for the City of Salem from 1998-2005. Mr. Partridge is the past president of the Marion County Bar Association and past chairperson of the Criminal Law Section of the Oregon State Bar. He has strong ties to the community, including serving as Team Leader on the Willamette Valley American Inns of Court, as a member of the Marion County Commission for Children and Families, and as a member of the Marion County Juvenile Advocacy Consortium.
"Mr. Leith is one of the State's most valued lawyers," said Governor Kitzhaber. "His long service to the Department of Justice and as a public sector attorney will be a great loss to the Department but a great asset for the Marion County Circuit Court and the people of Marion County. He will be a fair and patient judge with a diligent commitment to the rule of law."
Mr. Leith received a Bachelor of Arts from Whitman College and a Doctor of Jurisprudence, Order of the Coif, from the University of Oregon School of Law. After law school, he clerked at the Oregon Court of Appeals for the Honorable John H. Buttler and for the Honorable Susan M. Leeson. Since 1994, he has been with the Oregon Department of Justice and has served in several different roles including Attorney-in-Charge of the Special Litigation Unit (SLU) and most recently as the Associate Attorney General. As a member of SLU, Mr. Leith handled some of the State's most important and complex litigation including constitutional challenges to state statutes and programs. As Associate Attorney General, he serves as part of the Attorney General's Executive Team and as Chief Counsel of the General Counsel Division. He works on a diverse range of issues that impact Oregonians every day. Mr. Leith is a member of the Marion County Bar Association and has served on various law improvement committees, including the Oregon Administrative Hearings Oversight Committee, the Administrative Rules Advisory Committee, and as past chair of the Constitutional Law Section of the Oregon State Bar.