Justice Carson and Judge Deits to Receive OWLS Awards

Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS) recently named College of Law graduates Wallace P. Carson Jr. JD’62 and Mary J. Deits JD’74 recipients of the organization’s 2007 leadership awards.

Carson, former chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, will receive the Judge Mercedes Deiz Award for promotion of minorities in law. According to OWLS, Carson has been a “silent, yet constant, presence in the lives and careers of many minority attorneys and law students.” Among his many accomplishments, he has been instrumental in ensuring the success of the Supreme Court’s Task Force on Ethnic Issues and the Oregon State Bar’s Affirmative Action Program.

Deits, former chief judge of the Oregon Court of Appeals, will receive the Justice Betty Roberts Award. Named after the first woman to serve on the Oregon Court of Appeals and the Oregon Supreme Court, the award recognizes outstanding promotion of women in law. According to OWLS, Deits has been “a respected role model, advisor and friend to many of Oregon’s best women lawyers,” as well as an important contributor to Oregon’s legal community.

Carson and Deits will receive their awards at the 15th Annual Roberts-Deiz Dinner on March 9, 2007, at the Governor Hotel in Portland. For more information, visit the OWLS Web site.