About the speaker:
Justice Adrienne Nelson was appointed to the Oregon Supreme Court on January 2, 2018, making her the first African American to sit on the state’s highest court and any appellate state court. In 2006, she was appointed as a trial judge on the Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, Oregon, making her the second African American female judge in the state of Oregon. She is a sought-after speaker on a variety of topics including diversity, inclusion, equity, community engagement, leadership and professional development. Throughout her career, Adrienne has been involved in many national, state, local, and specialty bar associations, often serving in a leadership capacity. In the Portland community, she sits on the Reed College Board of Trustees and the Oregon Community Foundation Portland Leadership Council where she chairs the Outreach to the Black Community committee. She also sits on the Girl Scouts Beyond the Bars (GSBB) Advisory Board and the Self-Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) Board of Directors both of which she formerly chaired. She has been engaged with Lewis & Clark Law School at many levels including as an adjunct professor and an inspiring mentor to many law students. She is recognized by a wide variety of community and professional organizations for her service and mentorship to others. Justice Nelson is a tireless encourager, helping people succeed by living their best lives.