Judge Kohl was appointed to the bench in Washington County, Oregon by Gov. John Kitzhaber in April of 1997. Prior to his appointed, Judge Kohl was the city attorney for a small, rural community for 14 years. As a lawyer, Judge Kohl specialized in employment law the last 14 years of his private practice. Since his appointment, Judge Kohl has been elected three times and currently is on assignment, part time, as a senior judge for the State of Oregon. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky (BA) and the University of Toledo (JD). He headed the birth of the Washington County Adult Drug Court in 2005 and was the only judge for the drug count until his retirement on January 1, 2016. The Washington County Drug Court received state-wide and national recognition. As of December of 2015, the drug court had 169 graduates, saving the state over 9 million dollars in incarceration costs. Judge Kohl was also the Presiding Judge in Washington County from 2006 through 2010. He was President of the Oregon State Circuit Court Judges’ Association from 2010-11. In 2006, Judge Kohl’s daughter, Megan, was brutally murdered. The killer was tried and convicted of aggravated murder several years later. Judge Kohl wrote and published a book, “Losing Megan; Finding Hope, Comfort and Forgiveness in the Midst of Murder” in 2012. Recently the book has opened the doors of prisons for Judge Kohl to share his powerful story with inmates. He has spoken in prisons around the country including Oregon, Washington, Georgia and Louisiana (Angola Prison) and has recently returned from speaking in prisons in Rwanda and Indonesia. Judge Kohl lives in Hillsboro with his wife, Julie.