(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber today announced the appointment of Cheryl A. Pellegrini to fill the vacancy on the Marion County Circuit Court created by the death of Judge Albin Norblad.
The Governor expressed his condolences to Judge Norblad’s friends and family. "The Marion County Circuit Court suffered a great loss with the passing of Judge Norblad," said Governor Kitzhaber. "I’m thankful for his many years of service to the people of Marion County and Oregonians statewide."
"I am pleased to appoint Cheryl Pellegrini to this important position because I know she’ll continue this commitment to justice and equality under the law for Marion County residents," said Governor Kitzhaber. "As a seasoned trial litigator, Ms. Pellegrini brings extensive management experience and a broad legal background in the areas of criminal prosecution, consumer protection and civil enforcement, and election law enforcement. She has been a great asset to the state in her many roles at the Oregon Department of Justice and she will be as equally valuable to the Court in her new role as judge."
Ms. Pellegrini received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Oregon. After law school, she started her legal career in Klamath County, where she clerked for a circuit court judge and worked as a Deputy District Attorney, trying a wide mix of criminal cases ranging from theft to aggravated murder. In 1995, she joined the Oregon Department of Justice where, for nearly 19 years, she has served in attorney and management positions in multiple divisions throughout the department, including serving as the Attorney-in-Charge of the Organized Crime Section in the Criminal Justice Division; the Deputy Chief Counsel for the Civil Enforcement Division; and most recently as Chief Trial Counsel of the Trial Division. Ms. Pellegrini is active in the Marion County Bar Association and the Willamette Valley Inns of Court.
Rachel Wray, 503-559-1277