Justice Adrienne Nelson was appointed to the Oregon Supreme Court on January 2, 2018, making her the first African American to sit on the state's highest court and on any appellate state court. She previously served as a trial judge on the Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, Oregon. Prior to her judicial appointments, she worked as a public defender and then in private practice. Judge Nelson is a frequent speaker on a number of topics including diversity, inclusion, equity, leadership, and professional development. She also serves as a mentor to many people. She current sits on the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Public Education.