Judge of the Court of Appeals
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Occupation: Judge, Oregon Court of Appeals

Occupational Background:
From 1989 to 2003, attorney in private civil practice representing a broad range of clients. Before law school, worked as secretary, insect zoo keeper, teacher's assistant, day care assistant, piano teacher.

Educational Background: University of Michigan Law School (JD, cum laude, 1989); George Fox College (BA, summa cum laude, 1984); Banks High School (1980).

Prior Governmental Experience: State Bar Diversity Section Executive Committee; State Bar Judicial Administration Committee.

Service to Community and Profession: Oregon Women Lawyers Board of Directors; Oregon Minority Lawyers Association; Hispanic National Bar Association; Multnomah Bar Association Equality Committee; OHSU Heart Research Center Board of Governors; Open Adoption & Family Services Board of Directors.


"Judge Ortega is a smart, thorough, and fair judge who brings added credibility and distinction to the Court of Appeals. I'm very proud to have appointed her." Ted Kulongoski, Governor

"Judge Ortega is a valuable member of the Court of Appeals. She is experienced in appellate law, intelligent, hard-working, compassionate, collegial, and is dedicated to making clear decisions in a timely manner." Hon. Mary Deits, Chief Judge, Oregon Court of Appeals

"In addition to her strong legal and academic background, Judge Ortega is remarkable for her integrity and commitment to the fair treatment of all who appear before her. I strongly endorse her election." Betty Roberts, retired Oregon Supreme Court justice

"Having admired her work as a talented and hard-working appellate attorney, I am confident that Darleen Ortega will serve the people of Oregon well as a Court of Appeals Judge." Steven Rinkle, Medford attorney

"I have worked with Judge Ortega and know her to be a leader with integrity, insight, and real courage. She is an asset to the Court of Appeals." Pat Sullivan, Pendleton attorney

"Judge Ortega is a clear and independent thinker, completely impartial and beholden to no one but the rule of law. We're fortunate to have her." Robert Newell, Portland attorney

(This information furnished by Committee to Retain Judge Darleen Ortega.)