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Oregon Alum Elected as New District Attorney

Author: Alpha Zeta/Thursday, May 20, 2010/Categories: National Office News

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Justin Nelson, Alpha Zeta alum from the Oregon Chapter, recently won the May 18, 2010 primary election for Morrow County District Attorney.

As a life long Morrow County resident, Nelson understands the unique concerns of Morrow County residents. Nelson was born and raised on his family’s farm near Lexington and attended Heppner High School. After graduating Heppner High School he attended Oregon State University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Business Management and a Minor in Natural Resource Environmental Law and Policy. Nelson received his law degree and graduated with honors from Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon, where he was also a member of the Willamette Law Review.

Nelson always intended to return to Morrow County to raise his family after attending law school. He made it a point to come back to Morrow County and work during his summers in law school.

During his time as a Umatilla County Deputy District Attorney, Nelson successfully tried numerous criminal matters, felony and misdemeanor alike in the Umatilla County Circuit Court. Umatilla County District Attorney Dean Gushwa, who has direct knowledge of Nelson's abilities stated that "Justin Nelson has the experience necessary to become Morrow County District Attorney. He has been in this race since October of 2009 and has been working to build the necessary experience for District Attorney his entire career.” Nelson believes his experience working in front of Umatilla/Morrow County Circuit Court Judges Jeff Wallace and Dan Hill was just the thing to prepare him for the top job.

Besides his employment as a Umatilla County Deputy District Attorney, Nelson also currently serves Morrow County as a Morrow County Planning Commissioner.

Nelson resides in the family’s original farm house near Lexington with his wife and 7 month old daughter.

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