Rachel Kittson-MaQatish: Non-partisan candidate for Linn Circuit Judge, Position 3
OCCUPATION/WORK HISTORY: Partner Morley Thomas Law. I am a trial attorney and find myself in the courtroom weekly, if not several times each week. I litigate criminal, family, and civil cases. I am a prosecutor for the City of Lebanon. I represent Linn County in civil commitments, seeking hospitalization of mentally ill individuals who are dangerous, or cannot care for themselves. I have a large private family law practice and a personal injury practice. All these areas of the law take me into the courtroom providing me extensive diverse courtroom experience. My two partners and I run a six-attorney law firm with ten support staff. I have great community relationships with Linn County community members, community leaders, county agencies, police departments, district attorney’s office, and the Linn County Bar.
PREVIOUS RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: Substantial experience in additional areas of law including Probate, Wills, Trusts, Guardianships, Conservatorships, Real Estate, Contracts, Business and Criminal Defense. Lebanon Woman of the Year 2014. Sweet Home Citizen of the Year 2014. LBCC Distinguished Alumni 2017. Multi-cultural family.
EDUCATION: Juris Doctorate, Willamette University College of Law; Bachelor of Arts Business Administration, Minor in Spanish, Oregon State University; Associate of Arts, Linn-Benton Community College; Honors Diploma, Sweet Home High School.
HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Cross fit, community volunteering, supporting my children’s sports activities, and playdough time with my grandchildren
WHY I'M RUNNING: Linn County is my home. I grew up here, raised my children here and have grandchildren here. I have been blessed to practice my entire career in Linn County. I owe a deep sense of gratitude to this community. Starting as a single teenage mother fighting to protect my child, to earning a law degree from Willamette University, Linn County has been there to support and encourage me.
Along the way I have learned to respect the system from varied perspectives, from pro se litigant to professional advocate, the courts are here to serve us all. I went from a scared overwhelmed teenager facing a daunting legal system, to learning about the law, and then representing countless others who were just as broken and scared as I had been. Education empowered me, but this community inspired me. In large part, my desire to serve stems from the gratitude I have for the citizens of Linn County and the belief that I have in our propensity to work together and improve the efficiency of our legal system.
I have diverse trial court experience, which means that I will be ready to hear cases and get to work for the citizens of Linn County. If you elect me as your judge, I will treat you fairly and with respect. I will listen, and I will uphold the law. I will work hard to increase access and improve the efficiency and timeliness of our legal system
Rachel and her children (clockwise from top left): Jamie, Joseph, John-Luke and Josalyn.