Gov. Brown makes groundbreaking Supreme Court appointment


Lynn Nakamoto will be the first Asian American on the Oregon Supreme Court.

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BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

Gov. Kate Brown made a trio of high court appointments Monday.

One of which was Lynn Nakamoto, who will be the first Asian American on the Oregon Supreme Court.

Lynn R. Nakamoto, a Court of Appeals judge, succeeds Justice Virginia L. Linder, who is retiring.

Nakamoto has a background in equal rights advocacy, including writing an amicus brief on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union for a landmark case that helped secure benefits for Oregon same-sex domestic partners.

(READ MORE: Portland Tribune)

Roger J. DeHoog and Scott A. Schorr were appointed to the Oregon Court of Appeals.

DeHoog is a judge on the Deschutes County Circuit Court and will fill the vacancy created by Nakamoto’s elevation to the Supreme Court. Shorr is currently managing shareholder at the Portland law firm Stoll Berne and will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Judge Rick Haselton. All three appointments will be effective January 1, 2016. 

(READ MORE: Willamette Week)

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