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is for use by Statesman Journal Editorial Board members in evaluating candidates for potential endorsements. Your answers also will be shared with reporters and may be published in the newspaper and/or on our website, StatesmanJournal.com. Remember: Any information you provide may be made public. Please fill in your answer to each question and return this questionnaire to the Editorial Board as an attached Word document. The editorial board e-mail: Salemed@StatesmanJournal.com Deadline for submitting your questionnaire: a.m. Tuesday, April 17. Questions? Contact Editorial Page Editor Dick Hughes, 503-399-6727, dhughes@StatesmanJournal.com --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Your name: Tim Volpert Age: 56 Political party (if this is a partisan office): N/A Position you are seeking (name of position, district number): Oregon Court of Appeals, Position 6 I plan to attend the editorial board meeting scheduled for: April 19, 2012 at 11:00am Number of years living in the area you seek to represent: 31 Are you a full-time resident of that area? Yes City/town of residence: Portland, OR. Family (name of spouse/partner, number and ages of children if at home, number of grown children): Tim and his wife Joan live in Northeast Portland. They have two children. Joe is a junior at Whitman College. Emily is a junior at Grant High School. Education: B.A., Political Science, Earlham College, 1978; J.D., Willamette University College of Law, 1981 Current occupation/employer: Trial & Appellate Attorney, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP Employment, military and volunteer history: Employment: 9/81-8/82 Judicial Clerk to the Honorable W. Michael Gillette, Oregon Court of Appeals; 9/82-10/83 Associate Attorney, Cosgrave, Kester, Crowe, et al.; 10/83-Present Associate Attorney/Partner since 1989, Ragen Roberts, et al., which is now part of Davis Wright Tremaine LLC Volunteer: Founder and volunteer attorney coach, “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” Program, Grant High School, Portland, Oregon, 2000-present (seven national top ten finalist teams); Board of Directors, Classroom Law Project, 1994-present, Board chair 19961999, Executive Committee 1996-2008; Oregon Rules of Appellate Procedure Committee, Supreme Court of Oregon, 1999-2006; Participating Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, Inc. (Current); Guest lecturer, Lewis & Clark Law School, United States Supreme Court Practice (taught by Ninth Circuit Judge Diarmuid
O’Scannlain), Sports Law, and legal research and writing courses, Portland, Oregon, 2000-present; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Board of Directors, 1991-2000, Board officer, 1993-1999; EMO Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors, 1995-2000; Shared Housing, Board of Directors, 1983-1989 Please list all public offices to which you’ve been elected, and when: N/A Please list any unsuccessful candidacies for public office, and when: N/A Other prior political and government experience: • Law clerk, Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Oregon, 1979-80 • Judicial clerk to Judge W. Michael Gillette, Oregon Court of Appeals, 1981-82 • Volunteer attorney, Office of the District Attorney, Multnomah County, 1985 How the public can reach your campaign (remember that this information may be published): Mail address: 2236 SE 10th Ave., Portland, OR. 97214 E-mail address: email@example.com Web site URL: www.timvolpert.com Phone: (503) 703-9054 Please limit your response to each of the following questions to about 75 words. 1. Why did you decide to run for this office? I have been practicing law in Oregon, representing Oregonians in Oregon trial and appellate courts for 31 years. For the past 17 years, I have primarily worked in appellate courts. I have also immersed myself in public service for my entire career. Having the opportunity to serve as a judge of the Oregon Court of Appeals would be the culmination of my appellate practice and my desire to serve the public. In essence, it would be the capstone of all that I have done in my professional career. 2. How much will your primary campaign cost? $20,000 3. Key endorsements you have received: Governor Barbara Roberts District Attorney Michael D. Schrunk State Representative Lew Frederick Congressman Earl Blumenauer Former Attorney General Hardy Myers Former Oregon Supreme Court Justice W. Michael Gillette Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici Former State Senator Neil Bryant Rev. John Dennis George J. Puentes Jim Zupancic Oregon Education Association Teamsters Joint Council 37 The Oregonian 4. Have you ever been convicted of a crime, been disciplined by a professional licensing board/organization or had an ethics violation filed against you? If so, please give the details. No 5. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, been delinquent on your taxes or other major accounts, or been sued personally or professionally? If so, please give the details. No 6. Why should people vote for you? What separates you from your opponent(s)? Be specific. I am the only candidate who:
• Worked for the Court of Appeals, as a judicial clerk for Judge Gillette; • Specializes in handling appeals, including over 60 appeals before the Court of Appeals, for over 17 years; • Regularly appears in state and federal appellate courts; • Argued and won a landmark case before the United States Supreme Court; and • Handled cases involving virtually every area of the law that the Court of Appeals encounters. 7. What are the three most important issues you would address if elected? How? (75 words for each issue) A. I am concerned about the ability of the Oregon Court of Appeals –the busiest intermediate appellate court in the nation – to make timely and complete adjudications of appeals. Because of its enormous workload approximately 70% of appeals filed in the Court of Appeals are now decided without written opinions. Explanations for appellate decisions are of critical importance to the litigants and to the public’s perception of the quality and integrity of the judicial system as a whole. If elected, I would commit personally to work as diligently and as expeditiously as possible on the opinions and matters entrusted to me and to work closely with my colleagues on the court to maintain cooperation and judicial efficiency. B. The size of the Court of Appeals has not kept pace with its workload. I would also do all that I can to encourage the 2013 legislature to appropriate funds for the three new Court of Appeals judge positions created by the 2012 legislature. C. Maintaining respect for the rule of law is critical to our system of government. I would also continue and expand my commitment to civic education. I will continue to teach and coach the Grant High School Constitution Team that I founded 12 years ago. I would also like to use my judicial platform to encourage lawyers and teachers around the state to create similar programs. I would commit to meeting regularly with public school students at all levels to teach them about the Constitution and good citizenship. 8. What do you see as other important issues? Access to justice should be expanded in Oregon. The Campaign for Equal Justice does remarkable work raising funds for legal aid programs, but many not eligible for legal aid also experience difficulty understanding the legal system and paying for representation. Programs like Court Care in Multnomah County provide child care while people attend hearings and trials. Some counties have kiosks where pro se participants in the legal system can get information. Such programs, and translation services, should be made available statewide. I recognize that all of these things cost money, but we must find a way to avoid shutting citizens out of the judicial system. 9. What magazines, newspapers and Web publications do you regularly read to keep up on the news and developments in your areas of interest? The Economist, Smithsonian and New Yorker magazines. The Oregonian, Willamette Week and New York Times newspapers. New York Times and SCOTUSblog websites. 10. Any skeletons in your closet or other potentially embarrassing information that you want to disclose before it comes up in the campaign? No
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