The Honorable Darlene Ortega Adjunct Law Faculty

The Honorable Darleen Ortega

Adjunct Law Faculty


Darleen Ortega has served as a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals since 2003 and is the first woman of color and the only Latina to serve as an appellate judge in Oregon. Before becoming a judge, she practiced law for 14 years, focusing her practice on all types of civil litigation at the trial and appellate levels. In her time on the bench, Judge Ortega has distinguished herself as a court and community leader on issues of juvenile dependency, access to justice, and addressing racism and other manifestations of structural inequity. She also is an avid film and theater critic; her reviews appear regularly in the Portland Observer.

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Previous Courses:

Access to Justice - Spring 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

Specialty Areas and Course Descriptions

Access to Justice - Fall 2023