While in private practice, Judge Ortega was active in the state and local bar associations, including as
a member of the Oregon State Bar Judicial Administration Committee
a member of the Multnomah Bar Association Equality Committee
co-chair and founding member of Oregon Women Lawyers Judicial Endorsement Committee
a member of the Board of Oregon Women Lawyers.
Her appointment marks the first time a woman of Hispanic heritage, and a woman of color, has served on the court.