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Oregon Chief Justice Rebuilds Public Defense Services Commission

Aug. 16, 2022, 10:53 PM

The Oregon Public Defense Services Commission was reconstituted Tuesday with the chief justice of the supreme court appointing five new members a day after firing the nine-member board.

Chief Justice Martha L. Walters’ order reappointed Per Ramfjord, a Stoel Rives LLC partner, as chairman of the commission that governs the Office of Public Defense Services and appoints its executive director. Paul Solomon, with Lane County social services nonprofit Sponsors Inc., was again named to the commission, this time as vice chair after being a member last time.

Walters’ Monday firing of the commission followed fights over defense lawyer turnover ...