OAPABA Board Member Janelle Factora Wipper Appointed to Washington County Circuit Court

Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA) is pleased to announce that on July 8, 2011, Governor Kitzhaber appointed OAPABA board member Janelle Factora Wipper to the Washington County Circuit Court vacancy created by U.S. District Court Judge Marco Hernandez.  She will officially take the bench on August 1, 2011.

“With her distinguished career in public service, it is fitting that Janelle Wipper will become Oregon’s first Filipino-American appointed to the bench,” said Elisa Dozono, OAPABA President.  “We are excited that she will continue to serve on OAPABA’s board and be a model for those participating in our pipeline program.”

“Janelle Wipper’s diverse background, which includes both criminal and civil law, will make her an asset to the trial court,” said Governor Kitzhaber.  “Her personal and professional experiences, along with her commitment to public service, will benefit the citizens of Washington County and the State of Oregon.”

Ms. Wipper received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Willamette University College of Law and her Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University.  Ms. Wipper currently serves as Associate Chief Counsel for the Civil Enforcement Division of the Oregon Department of Justice and was previously a Deputy District Attorney in Washington County for 11 years.  As the current President of the Washington County Bar Association, Ms. Wipper is also a member of the Oregon Women Lawyers, Oregon Minority Lawyers Association, and the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

For more information about OAPABA’s pipeline initiative, please contact committee chairpersons, Bonnie Richardson,  bonnie@farlawfirm.com or David Wang, dvwag@vestas.com.