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.