Justice Adrienne Nelson

October 2018

“Justice Nelson has the confidence of someone who has earned her way with persistent hard work and who extends grace to others. She knows who she is and is determined to be a deserving steward of her position.” 

Hillary A. Taylor, Multnomah Bar Association / Read Full Article


January 2018

“Lewis & Clark Law School 2011 Distinguished Honorary Graduate and adjunct professor Adrienne Nelson was appointed as a Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court by Governor Kate Brown. . . the first African American to serve on the state’s high court.” 

Lewis & Clark Law School / Read Full Article


January 2018

“Judge Nelson will be the first African-American to serve on an appellate court in Oregon and the second woman of color to serve on the Oregon Supreme Court.” 

Andrew Selsky, The Seattle Times  / Read Full Article


January 2018

“Judge Nelson brings to our highest court an important, new voice and wealth of experience she has gained in 12 years on the trial bench...” 

 Paris Achen, Portland Tribune / Read Full Article


January 2018

“A decade-plus veteran on the local circuit court, Judge Nelson was recently re-assigned a "penthouse" courtroom on the seventh floor of the Multnomah County Courthouse in downtown Portland.” 

 Zane Sparling, The Outlook  / Read Full Article


January 2018

“Judge Nelson is a widely respected civil rights champion, whose perspective on the bench moves us closer to our shared vision of justice for all.”

 Aimee Green, The Oregonian / Read Full Article


January 2018

“... In addition to her work in the courtroom, she has made extraordinary strides to make the trial bench more receptive to the needs and experiences of diverse and underserved communities in our state.” 

Nigel Jaquiss, Willamette Week / Read Full Article