FILED: November 13, 2003
IN THE COURT OF APPEALS OF THE STATE OF OREGON
In the Matter of Robert James
Jon Smith, a Minor Child.
STATE ex rel DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES,
DIANA MARIE SMITH,
Appeal from Circuit Court, Marion County.
Thomas M. Hart, Judge.
Argued and submitted April 17, 2003; resubmitted en banc October 2, 2003.
Clayton C. Patrick argued the cause and filed the brief for appellant.
Devorah Signer-Hill, Assistant Attorney General, argued the cause for respondent.
With her on the brief were Hardy Myers, Attorney General, and Mary H. Williams, Solicitor General.
Before Deits, Chief Judge, and Edmonds, Landau, Haselton, Armstrong, Linder,
Wollheim, Brewer, Schuman, and Ortega, Judges.
Schuman, J., dissenting.
Mother appeals the trial court's judgment terminating her parental rights to
her child. Our review is de novo. ORS 19.415(3). State ex rel SOSCF v. Mellor, 181 Or
App 468, 474, 47 P3d 319 (2002), rev den, 335 Or 217 (2003). We affirm.
On de novo review, our task is to determine whether the record contains
clear and convincing evidence to support the trial court's conclusion that mother is unfit
by reason of conduct or condition that is seriously detrimental to child, that integration of
child into mother's home is improbable within a reasonable time due to conduct or
conditions not likely to change, and that mother has failed to effect lasting adjustment
after reasonable efforts by available social agencies for such extended duration of time
that it appears reasonable that no lasting adjustment can be effected. ORS 419B.504(5).
Finally, we must determine whether the record contains clear and convincing evidence
that termination of mother's parental rights are in the best interest of child. ORS
The law is well-established. Neither party argues that the trial court
misstated the rule of law. Rather, this case requires the application of the law to these
facts. A thorough recitation of the underlying facts and the rationale for the termination
of parental rights would not benefit the parties, the bar, the bench, or the public.
SCHUMAN, J., dissenting.
I agree with the majority that this case involves the application of well-settled legal principles to unique facts and that a full written opinion would be of no
practical benefit. I dissent because I do not agree that the facts meet the standard
necessary to justify termination of mother's parental rights to child.
Landau, J., and Armstrong, J., join in this dissent.