Oregon’s supreme court elections may not be getting the same attention as other races such as Secretary of State or Portland Mayor, but it’s no less important. These are the people we trust to wield fair and balanced decisions when it comes to solving disputes and interpreting the law. Out lesbian Judge Nena Cook has been endorsed by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, which is dedicating to electing LGBT leaders, and she’s looking for your vote as well. Here are a few of reasons why you should.
Nena has the kind of experience and work ethic that we need in a Supreme Court justice. Raised by a single mother, Nena started work at the age of 12 to help support her family. In her more than twenty years of legal practice, she has been president of the Oregon State Bar, Judge Pro Tem, and a private practice attorney representing individuals and businesses in complex legal matters. She is also the recipient of numerous professional recognitions.
Cook’s experience extends beyond her practice work and work as a Judge — she has also made a substantial commitment to giving back through her own personal commitment to everyone’s equal access to the law. As President of the Oregon State Bar, she oversaw programs to better fund indigent defense and advocate and maintain funding for the judiciary. She also helped develop a leadership college to recruit and train more female lawyers as well as lawyers of color. Privately, she has volunteered for the ACLU, St. Andrew’s Legal Clinic and Metro Crisis Line. Cook says, “What law has done for me is given me the privilege of helping people — serving others.”
She has also amassed a slew of endorsements from some recognizable names including Congressman Kurt Schrader, Former State Representative Gail Shibley, Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen and numerous individuals within law enforcement and the legal community.
So check out her short TV spot below and head to her website to donate to the campaign.
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