Richard C. Baldwin

Richard C. Baldwin (born March 24, 1947) is an American judge, who served as an associate justice of the Oregon Supreme Court from 2013 to 2017.[2]

Richard C. Baldwin
Associate Justice of the
Oregon Supreme Court
In office
January 2013 – March 2017
Preceded byRobert D. Durham
Succeeded byMeagan Flynn
Personal details
Richard Clinton Baldwin[1]

(1947-03-24) March 24, 1947 (age 74)
San Jose, California
ResidencePortland, Oregon
Alma materSan Jose State University
Lewis & Clark Law School

Early lifeEdit

Baldwin was born in San Jose, California.[3] He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at San Jose State College in 1970 and a Juris Doctor at Lewis & Clark Law School in 1975.[4] Baldwin clerked for Robert Foley of the Oregon Court of Appeals in 1975-1976.

Legal careerEdit

Baldwin worked as a staff attorney for Oregon Legal Aid in Multnomah County in 1976 to 1980, and was in private practice in 1981-1991. He returned to Multnomah County Legal Aid as Litigation Director from 1991 to 1995. Baldwin was Executive Director of the Oregon Law Center, a non-profit organization, in 1996-2000, before being appointed as a state judge.[5][6][7]

Judicial careerEdit

Baldwin served as an Oregon Circuit Courts Judge in Multnomah County, Oregon from 2001 to 2012. He was appointed by the Governor of Oregon, John Kitzhaber, in 2001, and was re-elected in 2002 and 2008.[8] As a state judge, he helped create the Multnomah County Mental Health Court and the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic Violence.[9]

Baldwin was elected to the Oregon Supreme Court in November 2012, defeating Nena Cook, to replace retiring justice Robert D. Durham.[10] Baldwin retired from the court in March 2017, and was replaced by justice Meagan Flynn, who was appointed by Governor Kate Brown.


Legal offices
Preceded by
Robert D. Durham
Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court
Succeeded by
Meagan Flynn