Judge Cynthia L. Easterday was born in 1961 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and was raised in Portland, Oregon. She studied fine arts at the University of London and graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 1983 with a BA in Politics and Government. She graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law with a JD in 1989. While in law school she interned for the Public Defender Services of Lane County.
Judge Easterday began her legal career as a judicial law clerk for Judge Stephen Herrell in Multnomah County Circuit Court. Between 1990 and 2006 she served in the Yamhill County District Attorney’s Office and in 1994 was promoted to Chief Deputy District Attorney. In 1996 she was appointed by Governor Kitzhaber to serve as interim District Attorney for two months. As a prosecutor she received the Arson Prosecutor of the Year Award from the Oregon Council Against Arson in 1996, the Attorney General’s Child Abuse Prosecutor of the Year Award in 2000, and the Early Childhood Award for Outstanding Advocacy in Child Abuse Prosecution in 2003.
In 2006 Judge Easterday worked as Assistant General Counsel with the Oregon State Bar in the Client Assistance Office. She investigated and analyzed ethical complaints against lawyers and provided ethical advice to attorneys. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Easterday was in private practice with the law firm of Haugeberg, Rueter, Gowell, Fredricks, Higgins and McKeegan, P.C. and handled probate, business, domestic relations and criminal defense matters.
Judge Easterday was appointed June 3, 2009 by Governor Kulongoski to fill the unexpired term of Judge Carol E. Jones.
Judge Easterday serves on the Yamhill County Commission for Children and Families, Oregon Community Foundation North Willamette Valley Leadership Council, Local Public Safety and Coordinating Council and Family Law Advisory Council. She previously served on the Board of Juliette’s House Child Abuse Assessment Center, the Lutheran Community Services Advisory Council, and as a member of the Lion’s Club and Soroptimist Club.
Judge Easterday is married and has a daughter, a son and two stepsons.