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OCHA Announces the New Commissioner Appointments of Ms. Judith Parker and Mr. John Haroldson
For Immediate Release                                                               Thursday, May 27, 2010
The Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs Announces the New Commissioner Appointments of Ms. Judith Parker and Mr. John Haroldson
Salem, OR - On Wednesday, May 26, 2010, the Oregon Senate confirmed the appointments of Ms. Judith Parker and Mr. John Haroldson to serve on the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs, each with a three-year term effective June 1, 2010.
Judith A. Parker
An attorney specializing in professional liability defense and labor and employment law, Ms. Parker is a member of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association. She served as this organization’s Secretary in 2008 and President in 2009, and is a member of its Board of Directors. Her professional memberships also include the Oregon State Bar and the Hispanic National Bar Association.
She defends medical professionals against claims of professional negligence and medical board claims and lawyers against bar discipline matters. She advises professionals about risk management matters. Her employment law practice involves defending employers against discrimination and retaliation suits.
Ms. Parker joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in January 2010. Previously she was an associate at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt for three years.  In 2009, Ms. Parker was named to the Rising Stars list in the area of Employment & Labor by Oregon Super Lawyers & Rising Stars magazine.
Prior to her legal career, Ms. Parker worked for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service) as a district adjudication officer. Before that, she was an immigration caseworker and congressional speechwriter for former U.S. Representative Darlene Hooley (D-Oregon, Fifth District).
While attending Willamette University College of Law, Ms. Parker clerked for the Employment Section of the Trial Division of the Oregon Department of Justice. Her law school achievements also include being class president in her second and third years.
Ms. Parker said, "I'm committed to educating other Latino/a children around this state that they are able do whatever they dream, that they are equally worthy of their classmates to succeed.  I pledge to be worthy of the Commission's goal: to work for the implementation of economic, social, legal, and political equity for Hispanics in Oregon." 
John Haroldson
The son of a Scandinavian father and a Mexican mother, John Haroldson was raised both in the Pacific Northwest and in Monterrey, Mexico, where he developed a rich bilingual and bicultural perspective.  He holds the honor of serving as Oregon's first Mexican-American District Attorney in Benton County, Oregon.
Mr. Haroldson was elected Benton County District Attorney in November 2008, following his appointment in February 2007 by Governor Ted Kulongoski. Prior to his appointment, he served as Benton County's Chief Deputy District Attorney, a position he held since 2002. Haroldson began his prosecution career in 1988 as an intern-prosecutor for the City of Albany and later as a Linn County Deputy District Attorney.
Recognized by the Oregon Crime Victims Assistance Network and the Oregon Humane Society for excellence in prosecution, Haroldson has distinguished himself as a prosecutor. He serves as adjunct faculty for Willamette University School of Law and the National College of District Attorneys.      
Mr. Haroldson has demonstrated a long-term commitment towards ensuring equal opportunity access for underrepresented individuals.  He serves on the Advisory Board for the César Chávez Cultural Center at Oregon State University and as a Presenter for the Oregon State University CAMP and 4H Programs, where he works with monolingual Spanish speaking students and resides in Corvallis with his wife Maria.
He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from Central Washington University and a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Oregon and Washington State Bar Associations.
OCHA Chair Ibarra said, "As a chair of the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs, I am very honored to welcome Judith and John as our new commissioners.  Their understanding of the issues facing Latinos in Oregon is very important to enhance the voices of Latinos in Oregon.  I want to thank both of them for their commitment to the State of Oregon and to the Latinos in this great state.  Congratulations and welcome."