Win Tickets ($100): Portland Business Journal Presents January 2020 Power Breakfast @ Sentinel Hotel | Featuring Justice Adrienne Nelson, Oregon Supreme Court

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Portland Business Journal Presents January 2020 Power Breakfast @ Sentinel Hotel on January 30. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed January 27.


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January Power Breakfast
January 30, 2020
7:30a-9a | $50 | All Ages
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Sentinel Hotel
614 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

Justice Adrienne Nelson was appointed to the Oregon Supreme Court on January 2, 2018, making her the first African American to sit on the states highest court in Oregon’s 158-year history.

An early history maker

Her exposure to the legal profession, and as a history maker, came at an early age and in a very unexpected way. At the top of her class in 1985 in her home town in Arkansas, Nelson was set to be her school’s first African-American valedictorian. The school decided to give the honor to the next highest GPA to a student, who was white. Her mother sued the school board, students of color threatened a walk out and, in the end, a historic valedictorian, Adrienne Nelson, walked the stage.

“It was a very hard experience, but it was also very much a catapult for me to figure things out,” Nelson said. “What kind of person are you going to be when you face things in life … and how are you going to interact with people as you’re now beginning what I call my life journey.”

Nelson’s career path

Later, Nelson moved to Oregon in 1994 to be closer to family. She worked as a public defender with Multnomah Defenders Inc., then as an associate with the Bennett, Hartman, Morris and Kaplan LLP law firm and as the Senior Attorney/Coordinator of the PSU Student Legal and Mediation Services.

In 2006, she was appointed as a trial judge on the Multnomah County Circuit Court making her the second African American female judge in the state of Oregon. Then, in 2018, Kate Brown appointed Justice Nelson to the Oregon Supreme Court, making her this first African American to sit on the state’s highest court and any appellate court.

Community and civic engagement

Justice Nelson is a sought-after speaker on a variety of topics including diversity, inclusion, equity, community engagement, leadership and professional development. Listen to her recent TEDx talk here.

Throughout her career, Justice Nelson 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.

In addition, Justice Nelson serves as a mentor to many people. She is often recognized by a wide variety of community and professional organizations for her service and mentorship to others. Justice Nelson is a connector and encourager, helping people succeed by living their best lives.


  • On April 27, 2018, she was honored as a Dress for Success Oregon’s Athena Award honoree.
  • In October 2016, the Boy Scouts Cascade Pacific Council named Justice Nelson a Whitney M. Young Jr. award recipient for her community service.
  • In May 2016, the Multnomah Bar Association presented Justice Nelson with an Award of Merit.
  • In February 2016, she was honored by the Portland Prime restaurant at its Black History Month Program.
  • In December 2015, the Oregon State Bar presented Justice Nelson with its Diversity and Inclusion Award.
  • On September 16, 2015, the Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington named her a Marie Lamfrom Woman of Distinction.
  • In May 2015, Justice Nelson was named a member of the Class of 2015 of the Council on State Government (CSG) Henry Toll Fellows, making her one of eight Oregonians selected for this leadership program.
  • On October 2, 2014, Portland State University Center for Womens Leadership honored her for her leadership at their Eighth Annual Womens Leadership Luncheon.
  • On May 21, 2012, Justice Nelson was named a White Rose honoree by the Oregon Chapter of the March of Dimes for her community service.
  • On October 1, 2011, Lewis and Clark Law School named her a distinguished honorary graduate for her mentoring and diversity activities at the school.
  • In 2003, Justice Nelson received the Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS) Judge Mercedes Deiz award for promotion of women and minorities in the legal profession and in the community.

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21 Responses to Win Tickets ($100): Portland Business Journal Presents January 2020 Power Breakfast @ Sentinel Hotel | Featuring Justice Adrienne Nelson, Oregon Supreme Court

  1. Jules January 9, 2020 at 3:54 pm #

    Justice Nelson is an amazing leader. We are lucky to have her!!!

  2. Jules January 9, 2020 at 3:55 pm #

    Justice Nelson is an amazing leader. We are lucky to have her!!!

  3. Rose M January 9, 2020 at 4:12 pm #

    I would absolutely love to see Justice Adrienne speak. Thank you for the opportunity!

  4. Carol Lynn Cooper January 9, 2020 at 11:01 pm #

    Dress For Success has helped so many women. I want to see her speak please.

  5. Jonas Trekas January 9, 2020 at 11:03 pm #

    She is a legend. I would love to go to this.

  6. Linda S January 13, 2020 at 9:34 am #

    I would enjoy attending.

  7. Kelly Bastos January 14, 2020 at 1:17 pm #

    This would be very interesting and very rewarding to be able to go to this

    • Carol Lynn Cooper January 19, 2020 at 9:10 pm #

      Want to see Justice A.

  8. Bonnie Wilson January 14, 2020 at 1:35 pm #

    I would love to go and be inspired!

  9. Carol Cooper January 14, 2020 at 8:37 pm #

    She has received alot of awards. Would like to see her speak.

  10. Jonas Trekas January 14, 2020 at 8:38 pm #

    Oregon Supreme Court has done some great things. Choice me.

  11. My January 17, 2020 at 1:39 pm #

    I would like to bring my high school mentee with me to witness this historic celebration with me!!

  12. Jonas Trekas January 19, 2020 at 9:08 pm #

    Want to go to my first power breakfast.

  13. Daniela O January 20, 2020 at 3:58 am #

    I would like to attend a power breakfast, it seems empowering!

  14. Lauren January 20, 2020 at 4:12 pm #

    job searching

  15. Carol Cooper January 21, 2020 at 1:29 pm #

    Need to check out a great power breakfast with smart folks that will be speaking. We need to hear the politics please.

  16. Mauraborealice January 21, 2020 at 1:49 pm #

    It would be an honor to meet her!

  17. Bob January 22, 2020 at 8:29 am #

    Love starting the day with inspiring discussion!

  18. Carol Cooper January 23, 2020 at 6:03 pm #

    I dont eat breakfast. Maybe this would make me to start.

  19. Carol Lynn Cooper January 25, 2020 at 11:33 pm #

    Want to see her in her outfit she picks. A cute suit I bet.

  20. Alusine January 30, 2020 at 8:49 pm #

    It will be amazing see and learn from her journey

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