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The Honorable Rebecca A. Duncan

The Honorable Rebecca Duncan was appointed to the Oregon Court of Appeals by Governor Kulongoski in January 2010.  Her legal career includes work as a trial attorney, appellate attorney, and administrator. 


Judge Duncan received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.  During law school she worked in the field of criminal law, in both prosecution and defense roles.  She worked in a district attorney’s office, a public defender’s office, and the State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser in Washington, D.C. for the Office of Law Enforcement and Intelligence.


After law school, Judge Duncan served as a trial attorney for the Metropolitan Public Defender in Washington and Multnomah counties.  In 2000, she joined the Office of Public Defense Services’ Appellate Division in Salem, where she represented individuals before the Oregon Court of Appeals and Oregon Supreme Court.  As an appellate attorney, she managed a high volume caseload that regularly addressed complex issues of appellate and criminal law, including novel issues of statutory and constitutional interpretation. 


At the Appellate Division, Judge Duncan held the position of Assistant Chief Defender and participated in all aspects of the management of the office, including the hiring, training, and supervising of attorneys and staff.  She served as a liaison between the Appellate Division and the Attorney General’s Office and the Court of Appeals, and the three offices worked together to improve the appellate process for criminal, juvenile, and parole cases.  She also represented the Appellate Division before the legislature, drafting and testifying in support of legislation that has been enacted to improve the appellate process for all parties.


Judge Duncan has published articles on appellate and criminal law.  She is a member and past chair of the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar’s Criminal Law Section, and she served on the Executive Committee of the Bar’s Constitutional Law Section.  She has been called upon frequently to speak at continuing legal education programs on appellate and criminal law.


Judge Duncan lives with her husband and two daughters in Keizer, Oregon.