Rebecca Duncan

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Rebecca A. Duncan
Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court
Assumed office
July 1, 2017
Appointed by Kate Brown
Preceded by David V. Brewer
Personal details
Born 1971 (age 46–47)
Wisconsin, U.S.
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–Madison
University of Michigan School of Law

Rebecca Duncan (born 1971) is an American lawyer and judge, who has been an Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court since 2017. She previously served on the Oregon Court of Appeals from 2010 to 2017.[1]

Early life[edit]

Duncan was born in Wisconsin in 1971, and graduated from Catholic Central High School in Burlington, Wisconsin in 1989.[2] She attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon for two years, and then transferred to the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she completed her bachelor's degree in 1993.[2] Duncan completed a law degree at the University of Michigan Law School in 1996.[2][3]

Duncan moved to Oregon in 1996, to work as a trial attorney in the public defender's office in Washington and Multnomah counties.[4] From 2000 to 2010, she was lawyer with the appellate division of the Oregon Office of Public Defense Services, and regularly practiced before the Oregon Supreme Court and Oregon Court of Appeals, arguing 90 cases before these two courts in 2005-10.[3]

Judicial career[edit]

In January 2010, the Governor of Oregon Ted Kulongoski appointed Duncan as a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals, to succeed retiring judge Walter Edmonds.[3] She was retained by voters in retention elections in 2010 and 2016.[5][6]

In May 2017, Governor Kate Brown appointed Duncan as an associate justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, to succeed retiring justice David V. Brewer.[7] She was sworn in on July 1, 2017. Her current term ends in January 2019, and she is eligible to run for re-election in November 2018.[8]

Duncan's appointment to the Oregon Supreme Court gave that court a female majority for the first time.[4][9]

Personal life[edit]

Duncan resides in Keizer near Salem, where the Supreme Court is located.[4] She has a husband and two daughters.[4]


  1. ^ Brown, Kate (May 10, 2017). "Governor Brown Appoints Rebecca Duncan to the Oregon Supreme Court". Governor of Oregon. State of Oregon. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Oregon State Bar Judicial Voters Guide 2010" (PDF). Oregon State Bar. Oregon State Bar. October 2010. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Kulongoski, Ted (January 7, 2010). "Governor announces appointment to Oregon court of appeals". Governor of Oregon. Oregon State Archives. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d Hanyes, Dana (May 31, 2017). "Former Hillsboro attorney brings majority women to Oregon supreme court". Hillsboro Tribune. Hillsboro, Oregon. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  5. ^ Brown, Kate (November 2010). "Official results November 2, 2010 General Election" (PDF). Oregon Secretary of State. State of Oregon. p. 24. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  6. ^ Atkins, Jeanne (May 2016). "May 17, 2016, Primary Election Abstract of Votes" (PDF). Oregon Secretary of State. State of Oregon. p. 84. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  7. ^ "Oregon's Supreme Court heads for female majority". Statesman Journal. Associated Press. May 10, 2017. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  8. ^ Richardson, Dennis (July 2017). "Oregon Secretary of State Elections Division: Offices Open, May 15, 2018, Primary Election" (PDF). Oregon Secretary of State. State of Oregon. p. 4. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  9. ^ Lovelace, Ryan (May 11, 2017). "Oregon to have female majority on its Supreme Court". The Washington Examiner. Washington DC. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
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Preceded by
David V. Brewer
Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court