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2021 Oregon State Bar Annual Awards


Celebrate Oregon Lawyers




Each year, based on nominations from members and the public, the Oregon State Bar honors a select group of lawyers and judges who have made outstanding contributions to the community and the profession. The 2021 Annual awards will be revealed in the special October "Celebrate Oregon Lawyers" edition of The Bulletin. You can join in a celebration of these award winners, and more, on Thursday, October 28 at noon.

The President’s Membership Service Award, which honors attorneys for contributions made to the profession, will be presented to The Indian Law Section, and section members Martha Klein Izenson, Sarah Sabri, Naomi Stacy, Stephanie Striffler, and Kristen Winemiller.

The President’s Public Service Award, which honors attorneys for their commitments to public service and pro bono work, will be presented to Erious Johnson and Rakeem Washington.

The President’s Diversity & Inclusion Award, which recognizes members who have made significant contributions to the goal of increasing minority representation in the legal profession, will be presented to Marcia Alvey (posthumous award).

The President’s Sustainability Award recognizes members who have made significant contributions to the goal of sustainability in the legal profession in Oregon through education, advocacy, leadership in adopting sustainable business practices, or other significant efforts. This year’s recipient will be Prof. Mary Christina Wood.

The new President’s Technology & Innovation Award honors an individual or entity that has made a significant contribution in Oregon toward promoting respect for the rule of law, improving the quality of legal services or increasing access to justice through new technology or other innovations. This year’s recipient will be Meredith Holley.

This Public Leadership Award is given to someone who is not a member of the OSB. The nominee must have made significant contributions in any of the areas covered by the president's awards to bar members. This year's recipient is Barbara Marcille.

The Wallace P. Carson Jr. Award for Judicial Excellence recognizes an Oregon judge who has made significant contributions to the judicial system and who is a model of professionalism, integrity and judicial independence. This year’s recipients are Hon. James Fun and Hon. Douglas Tookey

The bar’s highest honor, the Award of Merit, recognizes an Oregon lawyer who has made outstanding contributions to the bench, the bar and the community at large, and who exhibits the highest standards of professionalism. This year’s recipient is Prof. Aliza Kaplan.

In addition, the Oregon Bench & Bar Commission on Professionalism announces its 2021 recipient of the Edwin J. Peterson Professionalism Award: Hon. John V. Acosta.



For additional information, please contact Cathy Petrecca via email cpetrecca@osbar.org.