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October 25, 2013

Eugene attorney Joel DeVore ’82 appointed to Oregon Court of Appeals

Reposted with permission of the The Register-Guard
Oct. 18, 2013

Eugene attorney Joel DeVore, who began his career as a law clerk at the Oregon Court of Appeals, has come full circle: The governor on Thursday named DeVore to serve as a new Ore­gon Court of Appeals judge.

DeVore, 62, practices civil litigation with an emphasis in appellate work for the Eugene law firm of Luvaas Cobb. He also serves as legal counsel to the Eugene and Corvallis school districts. 

Also appointed to the appeals court on Thursday were Erin Lagesen of Portland and Douglas Tookey of Salem. The three new positions were created by the Legislature's passage of House Bill 4026 last year.

DeVore was out of the state in an area with no cell phone reception and unavailable for comment, an assistant at his law firm said Thursday.

Bob Fraser, a partner at Luvaas Cobb, called DeVore's appointment "a mixed blessing for us" but a huge gain for Oregonians. He said one of DeVore's more remarkable qualities is his humility.

"The public is going to be so very well served," Fraser said. "He has such a depth of practice, a depth of perspective, and that humility will go so far for all the litigants who appear before him."

DeVore is the father of two sons, David DeVore and Matthew DeVore, and the husband of Dr. Patricia "Trish" Ashley, a veterinarian in Springfield.

DeVore received a bachelor's degree in politics from Antioch College in Ohio and his law degree from the University of Ore­gon. He has been in private practice since 1983, first in Pendleton and then in Eugene.

DeVore has handled cases for the Oregon State Bar's Professional Liability Fund, the mandatory provider of primary malpractice coverage for Ore­gon lawyers since 1978. He is a frequent writer and speaker on civil litigation issues and has served as a lawyer representative on the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.

Before law school, DeVore served as a citizens' ombudsman for the city of Anchorage.

Legesen earned a master’s degree in mathematics from the UO and a master’s in education from Harvard University. She taught math at Milwaukie High School before receiving her law degree from Willamette University in Salem. She has worked since 2004 in the appellate division of the state Department of Justice.

Tookey worked as an environmental law attorney in private practice in Washington, D.C., and then spent more than a decade working on a variety of projects to improve access to justice in developing countries. In 2006, he joined the Oregon Legislature’s legal counsel.

In a written statement, Gov. John Kitzhaber said he was pleased to appoint “three talented lawyers who bring diverse perspectives and tremendous experience to one of the busiest appellate courts in the nation.” The three appointees “bring an unwavering commitment to the rule of law and an understanding of how the law impacts everyday Oregonians,” the governor said.

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