Gov. Kate Brown announced Thursday Bend attorney Alison M. Emerson will fill a vacancy in Deschutes County created by the retirement of Judge Stephen P. Forte.
Since 2007, Emerson has specialized in domestic relations cases and civil litigation.
She was earlier a prosecutor in the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office.
Emerson received a law degree from Pepperdine University and a bachelor’s degree from Linfield College. She has served as a board member for Friends of the Children – Central Oregon and has volunteered for Northwest Boxer Rescue and Watercup Counseling, which sponsors Miles for Mothers.
She had filed to run for the bench and had received several key endorsements, including Deschutes County DA John Hummel, retired Judge Stephen Tiktin, former Bend Police Chief Andy Jordan and Redmond Mayor George Endicott.
Brown made four appointments to circuit court positions around the state: Manuel Perez in Marion County, Brandon M. Thompson in Washington County and Charles G. Kochlacs in Jackson County.
“These are four of the busiest and hardest-working circuit courts in the state,” Governor Brown said. “These attorneys have shown they can rise to the challenge. Each has earned a reputation for being a hard-working and fair-minded lawyer as they have worked to serve vulnerable populations in their communities.”
Perez, Thompson and Kochlacs will begin their term on the bench immediately. Emerson’s appointment is effective March 1st.