OSB Honors Willamette Law Alumnae

The Oregon State Bar recently honored two Willamette law alumnae at its annual awards dinner, which recognizes outstanding bar members who have enhanced the lives of Oregonians and the quality of the legal profession. Among the 2008 winners were College of Law graduates Janice R. Wilson BA’76, JD’79 and Ashlee J. (Munson) Sorber JD/MBA’02.

Janice R. Wilson received the OSB President’s Affirmative Action Award, which recognizes members who have made significant contributions to the goal of increasing minority representation in the legal profession through creative employment efforts, innovative recruitment and retention programs, advocacy or other significant efforts.

A Multnomah County Circuit Court judge, Wilson began her judicial career as a district court judge in 1991. She moved to the circuit court in January 1994. Wilson has served on and chaired numerous committees and task forces involving access to justice, juries and jury trials, and other court-related issues. She is chair of the Multnomah County Circuit Court Civil Motion Panel and is a frequent CLE speaker and panelist. She was one of the founders of Multnomah CourtCare, the county courthouse’s free childcare program.

Ashlee J. (Munson) Sorber received the Oregon New Lawyers Division Public Service Award, which honors attorneys who have made a substantial contribution to the public through efforts involving pro bono services, law-related education or other activities benefiting the public.

Sorber is associate counsel and director of compliance for Evergreen Healthcare in Vancouver, Wash., where she is responsible for contract compliance, among other legal matters, for Evergreen’s assisted living facilities and skilled nursing homes in Oregon, Washington, California, Utah, Nevada, Idaho and Montana. Sorber has been actively involved in the ONLD Pro Bono Subcommittee, its Pro Bono Fair Subcommittee and the Pro Bono Coordinating Committee.

The 2008 OSB Annual Awards Dinner was held Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, at The Benson Hotel in Portland.