Panel Discussion, Virtual Event     

Reflection Roundtable: Justice Betty Roberts’s Work for Equality in Oregon

Thursday, April 15, 2021
7PM – 8PM

  • Teachers
  • Researchers

Virtual Program via Zoom

2021 Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series patron and reserved ticketholders are invited to join us for an evening of reflection on Oregon’s own Betty Roberts. Roberts (1921–2011) served for twelve years in the Oregon State Legislature, was the first woman to serve on the Oregon Court of Appeals, and the first woman to serve on the Oregon Supreme Court. A distinguished panel will share their experiences with Justice Roberts and reflect on how she used the law as a tool for change during her work as a legislator, judge, and justice as well as the many significant points where she encountered resistance from men and turned those moments into opportunities. The discussion, moderated by OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk, will recount how Roberts influenced our state, much like Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg influenced the nation, as presented by Amanda L. Tyler during her April 13 Hatfield lecture.

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

This program is only available to patron and reserved level ticketholders to the virtual 2021 Hatfield Lecture Series program with Amanda L. Tyler on April 13, 2021, on her book Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue: A Life’s Work Fighting for a More Perfect UnionPurchase patron or reserved tickets to the Amanda L. Tyler lecture to gain access to this program. If you are a general level ticketholder and would like to upgrade your ticket, please email OHS will send a link via email to join the event the morning of the discussion.

Judge Ann Aiken has served as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon since 1998. From 2009 to 2016, she served as the Chief Judge of the District Court of Oregon, the first woman to hold that position. Prior to her service on the federal bench, she served as a judge on the Lane County bench for ten years.

Judge Mick Gillette served for nine years on the Oregon Court of Appeals and for twenty-five years on the Oregon Supreme Court. He was Justice Roberts’ colleague on both courts. 

Justice Adrienne Nelson has served on the Oregon Supreme Court since 2018. She is the first African American to serve on that court. She served from 2006 to 2018 as Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge.

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum was first elected to a four-year term as Oregon’s 17th Attorney General in 2012. She is the first woman to serve that position. Prior to her election as Attorney General, Rosenblum served for sixteen years as a Multnomah County Judge and six years as a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals.

Dian Odell is the first child born to Bill and Betty Roberts. Odell graduated from eighth grade in Portland the same year Betty Roberts graduated from Portland State College. Odell graduated from Stanford University in 1966 with a math degree, and immediately after graduation, she and her husband, Glen, went to South Korea to teach science with the U.S. Peace Corps. Returning from Korea, Odell pursued a job in the nascent computer industry, which became her whole working career. She and Glen jumped into political activism as campaign organizers and worked for various candidates and on various issues. Their two daughters, Erin and Megan, called the state capitol building in Salem “Grandma Betty’s office,” and when older, could “work a room” with the best of them. Odell has been retired for many years — pleased to be away from the corporate world of glass ceilings and not-so-subtle sidelining of smart, experienced women. She continues her community contributions with several long-term volunteer commitments to organizations where she can be useful, learn new things, and work with nice people.


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