City Council has selected Zohra Bakhtary Tourville as Beaverton Municipal Court’s newest associate judge.
Bakhtary Tourville was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, as a teenager. Her father is a retired diplomat and her mother worked for the United Nations and now works in the Music Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has three sisters: one is an infectious disease specialist in Los Angeles; one is the director of financial aid at the UC Irvine School of Law; and one is a civil engineer in Las Vegas. Bakhtary Tourville’s husband works at Nike as a director in digital marketing for the Jordan Brand.
Bakhtary Tourville graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas and moved to Washington, D.C., to work as a Capitol Hill Fellow for then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. She graduated from law school in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She moved back to Las Vegas and worked for a defense attorney.
Bakhtary Tourville worked as a chief deputy public defender at the Clark County Public Defender’s Office for the greater part of the last decade.
“I was born to be a public servant,” she said. “That’s where my passion lies.”
She and her husband then decided to move to Beaverton.
“Our family chose to move to the city of Beaverton because we fell in love with what it has to offer,” she said. “The city of Beaverton is a small but mighty town, with a lot of character. It has a great school system, great parks, great hikes and overall a great community to raise a family in.”
She enjoys working for the Beaverton Municipal Court because of its compassion and ability to innovate.
“A good judge, a compassionate judge, has the ability to make a great impact on the lives of individuals, as well as the community as a whole,” she said.
She said she was impressed with the programs Beaverton Municipal Court has to offer, including the award-winning Beaverton Sobriety Opportunity for Beginning Recovery (B-SOBR) program, which helps DUII offenders to recover from alcohol and drug addictions, and the Behavioral Health Court designed to assist with mental health needs of defendants or those at risk of entering the criminal justice system.
Bakhtary Tourville said what she enjoys most about being a judge is the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life.
“Even if I can influence one person, that would be a great accomplishment,” she said.