Judicial Assistant: Aileen Willes
Phone: (541) 766-6830
Courtroom Clerk: Ta’Mara Sheeley
Phone: (541) 766-6743
NOTE: No document can be "filed" officially with the court by emailing or faxing it to a judge or member of a judge's staff.
Avoid Ex Parte Contact
Judges cannot receive communication from lawyers and self-represented litigants unless that communication is simultaneously provided to all other litigants or their lawyers.
Emailing Judge Connell Directly
Please do not send emails to Judge Connell directly. Emails to the judge should be sent to his judicial assistant at Aileen.Willes@ojd.state.or.us
. Any email sent must clearly show that copies were simultaneously sent to all other litigants or their lawyers or it cannot be read by Judge Connell.
Faxes Sent to Judge Connell
You must first contact Judge Connell’s judicial assistant before sending a fax transmission. Judge Connell and his judicial assistant do not have a stand-alone fax machine in their office so faxes sent without first contacting the judicial assistant may not be delivered to Judge Connell. There is a 10 page limit to the length of documents that can be sent by fax.
Judge Connell’s Biography
Judge David B. Connell was
appointed to serve as a Circuit Court Judge in August 2004 by then-Governor Ted
Kulongoski after practicing law in Benton County for over 30 years. He was elected to retain that position in
November 2004, and was re-elected in May 2010 and again in May 2016. His current term would have
expired in January 2023, however, Judge Connell decided to retire from the
bench effective December 31, 2018. Upon
his retirement, he was granted the status of Senior Judge, and will remain assigned
to the Benton County Circuit Court until a successor has been appointed by
Governor Kate Brown. Judge Connell
served as the Drug Treatment Court judge starting in December 2012, then also
became Presiding Judge of the 21st Judicial District in January
2014, and he maintained both of those assignments until his retirement on
December 31, 2018.
Judge Connell grew up in Mt. Vernon, Washington. He received his BA degree with honors from Washington State University in 1971 and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Willamette University College of Law in 1974.
Upon graduation from law school he began his career in 1974 as the first legal aid attorney for Benton County. He held the position of Legal Advisor to the students of Oregon State University for seven years. Judge Connell was president of the Benton County Bar Association at the time of the centennial celebration of the Benton County Courthouse. He was one of the original founders of Benton Hospice and served on their board for nearly 18 years. His civic commitment has also included serving on the Planning Commission for the City of Corvallis. Judge Connell is a member of the Oregon State Bar, the Linn-Benton Bar Association and the Rotary Club of Greater Corvallis.