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Meet Judge Bachart

When asked to write my story, for anyone who knows me, knows about my sense of

humor. I took this task to mean something between a resume’ and an obituary. The more time I

spent thinking of how to introduce myself, the more I thought I can’t tell my story without telling the story

of others who have been with me on this journey.

I was born and raised in Toledo, Oregon and am a proud graduate of Toledo High School.

So how does a Boomer find herself in the Office of the Governor being asked to be the first

female judge in Lincoln County? Like any story, it starts with my parents. I was the first in my

family to go to college. While college was not their path, they worked and sacrificed to make

sure it was an opportunity each one of their children had. I also wouldn’t be the person I am

today without a very special cross-country coach in high school, Paul Boyer. Mr. Boyer taught

me “if you want to be a good person, hang out with good people.” That phrase is one people

regularly hear in my courtroom to this day. He also taught me when life gets tough you need to

“lock in the hubs” and some of your best thoughts come about mile 3 of any given run. One of his

most important lessons was you won’t remember how many letters come after your name, 

your SAT or LSAT score, how many trials you’ve won, or how much money you have made.

Instead, you will remember the relationships you make along your journey and how you make

people feel. He taught me to be successful in life, find something you are passionate about and

when the lines become blurred between work and family, you are truly happy.

After undergraduate, I traveled, spent time abroad and worked to save money for law

school. It was during that time I met my husband, Mark. We will celebrate our 25th wedding

anniversary this summer and have been blessed with two children, Ally and Luke. Ally is a

junior at American University in Washington, DC and Luke is a senior at Newport High School

and will attend the University of Oregon in the fall. Any success I have had in my career is

because of the love and support of my family.

My first job after law school was in the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office in

1997. I remained at the DA’s Office until I took the bench in 2008. Dan Glode and Peter Fahy

took a chance on me and gave me the encouragement and support every young lawyer needs.

They taught me if you are winning all your cases, you aren’t trying all the cases you should. In

other words, you should be trying the difficult cases and not be bothered by your win/loss record;

it is not about your ego. They taught me to do the right thing, for the right reason. The DA’s

Office is also where I met Paulette Sanders (later to become Judge Paulette Sanders). I have had

the honor to know and work with Judge Sanders my entire career. When I first met her, she was

prosecuting child abuse cases. She taught me child abuse cases are the most difficult, complex,

heart-wrenching cases you will ever handle, but also the most rewarding of your career. Most of

my time in the DA’s Office was spent handling child sexual and physical abuse cases. Few

know of the resilience and raw courage of child victims, but each one is etched in my heart forever.

I was encouraged to apply to become a judge by Judge Thomas Branford and Judge

Charles Littlehales. I had not previously considered becoming a judge, but after considering the

aspects of my job I enjoyed the most, I decided it would be a good fit. I was honored to be

appointed in 2008 by Governor Theodore Kulongoski. Joining the bench with Judge Littlehales

and Judge Branford was the honor of a lifetime. I would not be the judge I am today without

their constant help and support.

Shortly after taking the bench I implemented Domestic Violence Court and now preside

over almost every case involving crimes of domestic violence. I get to work closely with

community partners in this work to achieve better, safer outcomes for families. This past year I

took over Lincoln County’s Drug Court. It is a privilege to play a role in people transforming

their lives when given the opportunity and support needed. Whether it is a civil, criminal,

juvenile or a family law case, I take each case seriously because at that particular moment, it is

the most important thing to the person appearing in front of me. I spend a lot of time researching

issues before me and taking the time to learn about the people and understand their circumstances.

 

In the end, being a trial judge is about people.  A good day is when the work I do makes life a little better

for our community. I am very fortunate to have served as your circuit court judge. I have met many of

you in jury service, as witnesses, parties, litigants, or interested observers in court. I look forward to meeting

more of you in the next couple months and ask for your support in the May election as I hope to continue to

serve you as your circuit court judge.

Paid for and authorized by the Committee To Reelect Judge Bachart