The 2008 OSB Judicial Candidate Voting Guide is out. These are helpful, for voting now and for reference information later.
It’s not always easy to find biographical information about state and local judges. Here are a few places to start:
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Oregon Judicial Department (OJD): for information on Oregon Supreme Court and Court of Appeals judges
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Law school libraries usually have additional print and online resources with judicial biographical information. (Law students use these resources when they are looking for judicial clerkships.) Oregon has 3 law school libraries (one is public, the other two are private): University of Oregon, Willamette Law School, and the Lewis & Clark Law School.
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Search newspaper archives. The best times to search for biographical information about judges is before and during the election or appointment process. But judges make it into newspapers at other times too.
Your public library reference staff will show you how to search their online newspaper databases and print newspaper archives.