Cynthia Kaufman Noble
McMinnville Municipal Court Judge Cynthia Kaufman Noble has been appointed by Governor Kate Brown to fill the vacancy on the Yamhill County Circuit Court bench created by the retirement of John Collins.
His retirement took effect on December 31, but Collins continued to serve. He was appointed to the bench by Governor Barbara Roberts in September 1992 and eventually became the senior judge for the 25th Judicial District. Collins is Oregon’s most senior judge.
Noble’s appointment takes effect immediately, but no swearing-in has taken place.
“Cynthia Kaufman Noble’s extensive experience and history of community service in Yamhill County make her an excellent candidate for this position,” Brown said. “I look forward to seeing her bring her compassion and enthusiasm to her new role as a circuit court judge.”
Kaufman Noble currently divides her time professionally between her roles as a McMinnville Municipal Court Judge, Chief Judge of the Grand Ronde Confederate Tribes Tribal Court, and private attorney in McMinnville, primarily doing advocacy work for minors and serving as a family law mediator. .
The city will contact the Oregon State Bar, Yamhill County Bar Association and other agencies next month to seek nominations for its city court’s successor, according to Municipal Yard Supervisor Jason Carbajal. City Council will tentatively receive a recommendation in April.
During her 29-year legal career, Kaufman Noble also served as a municipal attorney for the city of McMinnville, as a pro bono legal aid attorney and maintained her own private practice for many years working on the side of the defense of criminal and juvenile cases. work, in addition to family law.
Kaufman Noble received his BFA from Syracuse University (New York) and his law degree from Willamette University College of Law in Salem.
Kaufman Noble has lived in and around McMinnville for over three decades and is deeply involved in the Yamhill County community.
She currently serves on the Tribal Court State Court Forum and the Ensuring Racial Justice Committee, is a board member of the Oregon Municipal Judges Association and the Yamhill County Bar Association, and sits on the Juvenile Dependency Excellence Committee.
She also participated for many years as a musician and singer in a multicultural musical ensemble.
Four people expressed interest in the vacancy by submitting documents to the governor’s office, including former Yamhill County assistant district attorney Jayme Kimberly.
Another former local DA assistant, Jennifer Gardiner, was recently named by Brown to the Marion County Circuit Court bench.