Edmonds Retires from Court of Appeals

When Judge Walter I. Edmonds JD'67 steps down from the Oregon Court of Appeals at the end of the month, he will carry with him the distinction of having served on the appeals court for 21 years longer than any other judge in state history.

An Oregon native, Edmonds attended Roseburg High School and Linfield College before enrolling in law school at Willamette University as a college junior. Shortly after earning his J.D. and entering private practice in Central Oregon, Edmonds was appointed district attorney of Jefferson County by Gov. Tom McCall. In 1970, he joined the Redmond firm of Larkin & Bryant, where he eventually became a partner.

Edmonds joined the bench in 1975, when he was named a circuit court judge for the 11th Judicial District. He served the counties east of the Cascades until 1989, when he was appointed to the Oregon Court of Appeals. As the presiding judge for Department Three, he has authored close to 1,900 majority opinions. He is past president of the Oregon Circuit Court Judges Association and the Oregon Appellate Judges Association.

Edmonds will retire from the Court of Appeals on Dec. 31, 2009.

For a full profile of Edmonds' judicial career and upcoming retirement, see "Longest-Serving Appeals Judge Reflects on Work" in the Dec. 20, 2009, issue of the Statesman Journal.