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Gov. Kate Brown announced the appointments. Lavin will replace retiring Judge Jerome LaBarre. Oden-Orr will replace retiring Judge Edward J. Jones.

Oregon Department of Justice attorney Andrew M. Lavin and Portland city hearings officer Melvin Oden-Orr were named Wednesday to the Multnomah County Circuit Court.

Gov. Kate Brown announced the appointments. Lavin will replace retiring Judge Jerome LaBarre. Oden-Orr will replace retiring Judge Edward J. Jones. LaBarre begins his appointment immediately. Oden-Orr takes the bench Jan. 1.

Lavin is assistant attorney in charge of criminal appeals at the state department of justice, where he has defended criminal convictions on appeal since 2010. He is also a former Multnomah County deputy district attorney.

Oden-Orr is the city of Portland's chief hearings officer, where he handles land-use disputes, city code violations and other municipal issues. He also has operated his own law practice and has served as assistant general counsel at TriMet. He began his career as an associate attorney at a predecessor to the firm of Lane Powell.

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