Hill applies for state Supreme Court

By on Friday, September 17th, 2021 in Columbia Basin News Columbia Basin Top Stories

HERMISTON – Earlier this week, Gov. Kate Brown issued a list of 28 people who have applied either for the single available seat on the Oregon Supreme Court, or for one of the two vacancies on the Oregon Court of Appeals. One name on that list is Presiding Sixth Circuit Court Judge Daniel J. Hill of Hermiston. We have learned that Hill applied for the vacancy on the Supreme Court.

“Judge Hill sees this as an opportunity to continue his public service started since 1987 with the legislature, U.S. Army, then municipal court and the National Guard, and then the circuit court,” Trial Court Administrator Roy N. Blaine wrote.

Hill served three terms as Hermiston municipal judge, and then spent three years as a circuit judge pro tem while he practiced law. He was also a city prosecutor. He was elected to his current position in 2004 and took office in 2005. During his time on the bench he has heard thousands of cases, ruled on hundreds of substantive motions, tried hundreds of criminal and civil cases.

Hill is a 1979 graduate of Hermiston High School with degrees from Blue Mountain Community College, Oregon State University, and Willamette University College of Law. He is a retired brigadier general for the Oregon National Guard. During his military service, he was deployed during Hurricane Katrina to New Orleans, and to Afghanistan. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the Defense Superior Service medal.