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Oregon's First Woman Chief Justice Takes Office

Oregon Judicial Department
Oregon Supreme Court. Standing L-R: Justice Meagan Aileen Flynn, Justice Rebecca A. Duncan, and Justice Adrienne Nelson. Seated L-R: Justice Rives Kistler, Justice Thomas A. Balmer, Chief Justice Martha L. Walters, and Justice Lynn Nakamoto.

By now women have performed most of the jobs on the planet, so there are few surprises. 

But it was a first when Martha L. Walters took office as Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court

She is the first woman to occupy the position.  The Chief Justice visits with some perspective on her years on the bench, and her duties in the new job.  

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.