Salem, OR (STL.News) Governor Kate Brown announced today that she will appoint two judges to positions on the Multnomah County Circuit Court. Governor Brown will appoint Jenna Plank to a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Leslie Roberts and will appoint Chanpone Sinlapasai to a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Angel Lopez. Both appointments are effective immediately.
“Judges on the Multnomah County Circuit Court handle a wide variety of cases, many of them complex, and serve an increasingly diverse population,” said Governor Brown. “Jenna Plank and Chanpone Sinlapasai have the experience, work ethic, and compassion to hit the ground running, and to help the court work through its caseload fairly and efficiently.”
Jenna Plank earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Portland in 2001 and obtained her law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2005. After graduating from law school, Plank started serving as a prosecutor in the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office, where she has served her entire legal career. She currently supervises the misdemeanor unit, which gives her the opportunity to train and mentor law clerks and junior attorneys in the office. In addition to her legal work, Plank served on the Oregon State Bar Uniform Criminal Jury Instructions Committee, is the Region 5 Representative for the Bar’s House of Delegates, and volunteers with mock trial instruction and moot court competitions.
Chanpone Sinlapasai emigrated from Laos to the United States as a refugee at the age of four. She is the first person in her family to go to college, graduating from Santa Clara University in 1998 with bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and English, and then obtaining her law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2002. After law school, she worked at the Immigrant Refugee Community Organization and then as an anti-trafficking and domestic violence attorney at Catholic Charities. She later became a partner at Marandas Sinlapasai Garcia, and currently practices federal immigration law. Sinlapasai has served on several anti-trafficking task forces, the Mexican Consulate Protection Team, the Immigrant Refugee Community Organization Advisory Board, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Citizens Academy. She also is the past chairwoman of the Oregon Commission on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs.