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Law School Alumni Diversify the Oregon Bench

Adrienne NelsonAdrienne Nelson

Five Lewis & Clark Law School alumni—all people of color—were appointed as judges in late 2017 and early 2018 by Oregon Governor Kate Brown JD ’85.

In addition, the law school’s 2011 Distinguished Honorary Graduate, Adrienne Nelson, was appointed to the Oregon Supreme Court. “We are immensely proud of our alums and congratulate them,” says Jennifer Johnson, dean of the law school. “Their unique life experiences will enrich our judiciary.”

Raymond Crutchley JD ’99

Deschutes County Circuit Court

Raymond Crutchley JD ’99Raymond Crutchley JD ’99Crutchley is the first African American to serve as a judge east of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. After serving a judicial clerkship in Clackamas County, he practiced in Northeast Portland and Hillsboro, representing underserved clients in criminal defense and civil matters for more than a decade. He spent three years prosecuting criminal cases as a deputy district attorney in Deschutes County before his appointment to the bench.

Patricia McGuire JD ’95

Multnomah County Circuit Court, Family Court

McGuire previously worked as a private practice attorney with a long history of family law and complex civil litigation work. She has served on the board of St. Andrew Legal Clinic, worked for Legal Aid Services of Oregon, and volunteered as a coach for Grant High School’s “We the People” constitution team.

Fay Stetz-Waters JD ’05

Linn County Circuit Court

Stetz-Waters, a former Marine, previously served as a civil rights investigator at Oregon State University and has worked at the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision. She has also worked as an administrative law judge in the state’s Office of Administrative Hearings. She is a board member of the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence.

Xiomara Torres JD ’02

Multnomah County Circuit Court, Family Court

Once an illegal immigrant and foster child herself, Torres has spent her career representing children and their families. She has worked both in private practice and for the Oregon Department of Justice.

Ulanda Watkins JD ’96

Clackamas County District Court

Watkins is the third African American female judge on the Oregon state bench and the only judge of color on the Clackamas County bench. She is a former defense attorney and managing attorney at GEICO.

From left: Judge Ulanda Watkins, Judge Patricia McGuire, Judge Xiomara Torres, Judge Fay Stetz-WatersFrom left: Judge Ulanda Watkins, Judge Patricia McGuire, Judge Xiomara Torres, Judge Fay Stetz-Waters

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