Justice Nelson Brings Impressive Experience to the Federal Bench

Courts News 02.15,23


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WASHINGTON — Lena Zwarensteyn, senior director of the fair courts program at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Justice Adrienne Nelson to the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.

“Justice Nelson is committed to protecting the rights of all people, as demonstrated by her experience as a fair-minded jurist on the state bench and her work as a public defender. Diversity, including having judges with diverse and historically underrepresented personal and professional experiences, helps improve judicial decision-making. Justice Nelson was the first Black woman to serve on an Oregon circuit court and the Oregon Supreme Court; now, she becomes the first woman of color and first Black woman ever to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. We celebrate Justice Nelson and this historic confirmation.” 

Read The Leadership Conference’s letter in support of the confirmation of Justice Adrienne Nelson.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 230 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.