In July, President Obama nominated Judge Marco A. Hernandez ’83 and a few others to seats on the United States District Court. “These individuals have demonstrated a commitment to justice throughout their careers,” said President Obama. “I am confident they will serve the American people with distinction from the United States District Court.”
Hernandez is a nominee for the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. He is a Circuit Court judge in Washington County where he has served on the bench for 15 years and was presiding judge of the Circuit Court from 2002 to 2005. Hernandez began his legal career in 1986 with Oregon Legal Services, where he worked on federal civil cases on behalf of farm workers. From 1989 to 1994, he served as a Deputy District Attorney in Washington County. Hernandez received his J.D. in 1986 from the University of Washington School of Law and his B.A. (honors) in 1983 from WOU. Hernandez was the 2006 WOU Commencement speaker.