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Jacqueline Alarcón will fill vacancy in Multnomah County; Brown has named 52 women and 25 people of color.

COURTESY PHOTO - Portland lawyer Jacqueline Alarcón, a specialist in family law, is Gov. Kate Brown's appointee to a Multnomah County judgeship and the 100th judge during Brown's tenure.Jacqueline Alarcón is Gov. Kate Brown's 100th appointment to a state judgeship during Brown's tenure.

Alarcón will succeed Judge Jerry Hodson, who retires from Position 3 on June 30 after having been on the Multnomah County Circuit Court since 2005. Alarcón will be assigned to the court's family law department. She will be up for election Nov. 8 to a full six-year term.

She was chosen from a pool of applicants vetted for their experience in family law.

"Jackie Alarcón's professional and lived experiences, paired with her commitment to lifting up the underserved in our community, make her an ideal addition to the Multnomah County family law bench," Brown said in a statement. "Jackie's extensive legal experience and commitment to Oregon will allow her to serve her community well."

Alarcón was born in Los Angeles and was raised in El Salvador until high school. She earned her bachelor's degree in 2007 and her law degree in 2010, both from Willamette University.

She began her career practicing family law with the Hohbach Law Firm, and then joined the Yates Family Law Firm, where she is currently a partner. In addition to her law practice, Alarcón has served as a pro tem judge in Washington and Multnomah County circuit courts. Active in her community, Alarcón has served as president of the Multnomah Bar Association and president of Oregon Women Lawyers. She is a board member of Familias en Acción, a former board member of Basic Rights Oregon, and has volunteered with Latino Network.

She is Brown's 100th appointment to a judgeship since Brown took office in 2015. The governor normally appoints judges, who sit until they come up in the next primary or general election for six-year terms in the nonpartisan positions. Occasionally a judge will time retirement to coincide with an election, which then becomes a rare open contest for a position. Judges must be members of the Oregon State Bar.

Brown has said she values appointees who reflect diversity and involvement in the communities they serve.

Her release said: "These judges bring with them to the bench a spectrum of lived experiences, a broad array of professional backgrounds, and a deep understanding of the needs of, and inequities that persist within, our criminal justice and legal systems."

Of the 100 appointees at all levels, according to her office, 52 are women. About half (25) are persons of color — 10 Blacks, 7 Hispanics, 7 Asians and one Native American. Eight identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

She has appointed five of the seven sitting justices of the Oregon Supreme Court — one other appointee retired at the end of 2021 after six years, and she named a successor — and nine of the 13 sitting judges of the Oregon Court of Appeals. She also named the Oregon Tax Court judge.

Brown, who herself is a lawyer in juvenile and family law, leaves office on Jan. 9, 2023. She is barred by term limits from seeking reelection.

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