Episode 14: Judge Vance Day, President of Promise Keepers

Episode Information

Judge Day is the President of Promise Keepers, which is a Christ-centered movement to transform the world by mobilizing men and their families to be the generational catalyst for our culture today. In this episode, Judge Day discusses the past, present and future of Promise Keepers, as well as providing fascinating insights into the American judicial system.

Vance is an accomplished trial lawyer and a member of the Oregon State Bar, the United States District Court (Oregon & Colorado), the United States Court of Appeals (9th Circuit), and the United States Supreme Court, The Court of International Trade, The United States Tax Court, The Court of Federal Claims, and the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, he has tried over 300 bench and jury trials.

Vance has lectured on military history and leadership theory at The White House, before members of Congress, the Heritage Foundation, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and numerous organizations and educational institutions in North America and Europe.

Between May of 2010 and August of 2011 Day served as a Circuit Judge Pro Tempore in the State of Oregon. In September 2011 he was appointed by Governor John Kitzhaber to serve as a Circuit Court Judge in the Third Judicial District. Judge Day was elected to a full six-year term in November of 2012.

In 2012, Judge Day and his wife received a $400,000 grant from the Federal court to start a veteran’s treatment court in Salem, Oregon. The goal of these innovative courts was to target the root causes of veterans’ criminal behavior through a program tailored to address their needs that is created by the prosecutor, the defense attorney, the judge, other veterans, treatment providers, mentors, and support teams. While Day was running the program, there was a zero rate of recidivism.

In 2014 Judge Day, based on his Christian convictions, quietly recused himself from marrying same-sex couples—a decision that in no way prevented same-sex couples from getting married. As a result, he became the focus of a sustained, vicious attack. In October 2018, the house of cards constructed against Vance collapsed when the State’s criminal case was dismissed.