Judge Jerome LaBarreMultnomah County Circuit Court Judge Jerome LaBarre
Growing up in Oregon, Judge LaBarre obtained his undergraduate degree from the U of O and his law degree from Georgetown in Washington, D.C. He was in law school during the Vietnam War years and during that time worked as a staff assistant to US Senator Wayne Morse. After a stint working in the "War on Poverty," he returned to Oregon, joining the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, where he rose to the rank of senior deputy district attorney before joining a Portland law firm in 1972. From that time until he was appointed to the bench, he handled civil and criminal trial work. His work in "white collar" criminal prosecution, which he started in the DA's office, developed into a focus on complex business litigation. After starting out in private practice handling a considerable amount of criminal defense and civil right work, Judge LaBarre's practice evolved into the civil realm, with a wide variety of tort and securities cases.
After years of trying civil and criminal cases, Judge Jerome LaBarre was appointed to the Multnomah County Circuit Court bench by Governor Kitzhaber and took office in December 1999.
Judge LaBarre and his wife still live in the same home where they raised their children. During off-work hours, Judge LaBarre enjoys music and backpacking. He taught himself to play guitar and banjo during summer work as a fire lookout on a US Forest Service lookout tower.
When he was president of the MBA in 1986-87, Judge LaBarre discovered how satisfying it could be to work with other lawyers in solving community problems. He enjoys the opportunity of working closely with people both on and off the bench. He also gets great satisfaction from having a chance to make a direct impact on people's lives and is fascinated by the intellectual challenge of the job. Now that Multnomah County is a major metropolitan court, he sees more need for bench-bar coordination.
Originally authored by Peter Mozena and printed in the May 2000 Multnomah Lawyer
Updated for the Internet in 2012