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Oregon Supreme Court Justice Adrienne Nelson To Give 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture

Date: 5:30pm PST January 22 Location: Law Campus

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    Justice Adrienne Nelson

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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.


About the Lecture Series:

Each year Lewis & Clark Law School hosts an endowed lecture series honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., made possible by a generous grant from Jacqueline Alexander and Lee Matthews. The mission is to bring internationally recognized legal scholars, practitioners, jurists and civil rights leaders to Lewis & Clark to present a lecture to our law school community on issues of diversity, race relations, tolerance, and equal rights.


Event Details:

When: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. PDT

Where: Lewis & Clark Law School

RSVP: Please RSVP here no later than January 17

Contact: For more information, please contact Kerry Rowand at 503-768-6912 or


Limited paid parking will be available on campus.  

The dress code is business casual/business standard.

This program has applied for one Access to Justice MCLE Credit through the Oregon State Bar.

Event Cost

Free and open to the public

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