Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will appoint Shelley D. Russell to the Multnomah County Circuit Court. Ms. Russell will fill a vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Adrienne C. Nelson to the Oregon Supreme Court. The appointment is effective immediately upon Judge Nelson's resignation of her position as circuit judge.
“Shelley Russell has dedicated her career to advocating for and empowering victims of workplace harassment and discrimination,” Governor Brown said. “She is known to bring a quiet confidence and a level-head to acrimonious disputes. Her commitment to the cause of justice and her steady, judicious temperament will serve her well as a circuit judge.”
Ms. Russell is a civil litigator who specializes in employment disputes. She has worked at the firm now known as Crispin Employment Lawyers since 1998, rising to shareholder in 2000. She earlier worked at the firm Hoevet, Snyder & Boise, from 1990 to 1997, where she started as a file clerk during her first year of law school. She earned her J.D. at Lewis & Clark Law School, her B.A. at Pomona College, and completed high school at Clackamas High School.
Ms. Russell is active in the legal community. She was president of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association in 2014 and 2015, having served on the organization's Board of Governors and Executive Committee for many years. She has also served on several committees of the Federal Bar Association's Oregon Chapter and the Oregon State Bar, including the Council on Court Procedures for two terms. For 20 years, Ms. Russell was also a performing member of Power & Praise Liturgical Dance Company.