Darleen Ortega, Portland, Oregon and works in Salem where she serves as a Judge of the Oregon Court of Appeals since 2003. Darleen has been the first woman of Hispanic heritage and the first woman of color to serve on the court. Before joining the Court of Appeals, she practiced law first in Detroit, Michigan (1989 - 1992) and then in Portland where she specialized in complex civil cases and appeals (1992 - 2003). Ortega has been active in many state and local bar associations, including several of the minority bar associations, the Oregon State Bar Judicial Administration Committee, and the Board of Oregon Women Lawyers. She has also served on the Northwest Health Foundation Board. Darleen is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs and to law student groups on equipping women and minorities to succeed as lawyers and improving understanding among the diverse groups that make up Oregon's legal profession and the community it serves. She has served on the Oregon Supreme Court/Oregon State Bar Task Force on Access to State Courts for Persons with Disabilities and chaired the Surveys Work Group for that task force. Darleen has been a member of the Festival since 2000 and visits several times each year to see OSF productions.