Judge Paula KurshnerMultnomah County Circuit Court Judge Paula Kurshner
Judge Kurshner graduated from the U of O in 1969 and Lewis & Clark Law School in 1976. From 1976 until 1981, she was a staff attorney with the Family Law Unit of Multnomah County Legal Aid. From 1982 until May of 1989, she was an associate with the firm of Gevurtz, Menashe et al. She was a shareholder in that firm from June of 1989 until August of 1994, when she was appointed to the court.
Currently Judge Kurshner primarily handles family law cases.
Judge Kurshner went to the bench from a family law practice of 18 years duration without "burning out" and hopes she will not burn out on the bench either.
A large amount of her time is spent on domestic violence cases. When in "rotation," 50% of her week's time is spent on such cases, including cases under the Family Abuse Prevention Act, deferred sentences, and the like. This does not include the motion docket.
Judge Kurshner's hobbies and outside interests include reading, the theatre, movies, eating out, not very skilful cross-country skiing and golf.
She advises new lawyers to find a mentor or work situation with more experienced lawyers. She likes her job partly because it involves much communication with other family law judges.
Judge Kurshner has not experienced the "isolation" factor that some judges have experienced after leaving the private bar. She still gets together with her friends who are lawyers in informal settings. Salary levels were not a factor in her making a decision to become a judge.
Originally authored by Philip Hornik and printed in the September 1995 Multnomah Lawyer
Updated for the Internet in 2012