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MARY J. DEITS
Willamette University College of Law, JD, 1974
Oregon State University, BA, 1971
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Judge Mary Deits worked in the Oregon Attorney General's office from 1974 to 1986. She served as an assistant attorney general in the trial, appellate and general counsel divisions of that office. She also served as the attorney in charge of the Natural Resources Section of the office under Attorney General Dave Frohnmayer.
In 1986, Judge Deits was appointed to the Oregon Court of Appeals. During her time on the court, she heard cases in all substantive matters that the court considers and was the author of over 1,400 majority opinions of the court. Judge Deits served as a presiding judge on the court and as the Chief Judge from 1997 until her retirement in November 2004.
Judge Mary Deits is a member of the Oregon Judicial Conference, Senior Judges Association, Oregon State Bar and Oregon Women Lawyers. She has served on the Oregon State Bar Real Estate and Land Use and Professionalism Committees, as well as, the Juvenile Committee of the Oregon Judicial Conference. Judge Deits is a member of the National Council of Chief Judges. She has been a member of the council executive committee and has served as the Education Chair and the National President of the Council. She has been a frequent presenter at CLEs throughout the state on a wide range of subjects such as mediation, arbitration, appellate practice, real estate and land use, workers' compensation and family law. Judge Deits is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.
Since Judge Deits’ retirement in 2004, she has worked extensively as a mediator and arbitrator. She has done arbitration and mediation work as a member of the USA&M panel. In addition, she has been a mediator in the Court of Appeals Settlement Program. In her capacity as Chief Judge, she was the supervisor of the Court of Appeals Settlement Program and worked with the program director to develop, implement, and improve the program.