Judge of the Court of Appeals

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Occupation: Judge, Oregon Court of Appeals

Occupational Background: Oregon Court of Appeals Judge, 2003 to present; lawyer in private practice in Portland and Detroit, 1989 to 2003

Educational Background: J.D., University of Michigan School of Law with honors, 1989; B.A., George Fox College with honors, 1984; Banks High School with honors, 1980

Prior Governmental Experience: Oregon Judicial Department Access to Justice for All Committee and Juvenile and Family Law Committee; Oregon State Bar Affirmative Action and Judicial Administration Committees, Disability Task Force, and Diversity Section Executive Committee

Current and Past Professional Activities: Active member of: Oregon Women Lawyers, including as board member and founding member of Judicial Endorsement Committee and Transformation Committee; Oregon Minority Lawyers Association; Oregon Hispanic Bar Association; Multnomah Bar Association Equality Committee

Community Service: Board member and officer, Northwest Health Foundation, OHSU Heart Research Center, Open Adoption and Family Services; frequent mentor and speaker to law students and high school students

Commitment to Public Service: In my years on the bench, I have authored more than 175 written opinions and have participated in more than 1000 decisions of the court. I am honored to serve as a Court of Appeals judge, and will continue to work hard to uphold these principles:

  • Remember that real lives are at stake in every case I review, and strive to give each case the attention needed to understand it and rule fairly.

  • Set aside any personal agendas and judge each case on its own merits, with an open mind and upholding the rule of law.

  • Write opinions that are clear and helpful to those who must use them.

  • Demonstrate the highest standard of personal and professional ethics.

  • Accord dignity and respect to every judge, lawyer and litigant.

- Darleen Ortega

(This information furnished by Committee to Re-Elect Darleen Ortega, Oregon Court of Appeals Judge.)

Elections Division, Oregon Secretary of State • 136 State Capitol • Salem, OR 97310-0722