Oregon State Bar Honors WUCL Alumni and Faculty

Four Willamette University College of Law alumni recently were honored at the annual Oregon State Bar (OSB) awards banquet. A variety of awards were presented to bar members who have given their time to enhance the lives of Oregonians and the legal profession. This year's winners included College of Law graduates Henry H. Hewitt JD'69, Anastasia Yu Meisner JD'97, Professor Valerie J. Vollmar JD'75 and Janice R. Wilson JD'79.

Henry H. Hewitt JD'69, a partner at Stoel Rives LLP in Portland, received the OSB Award of Merit. The highest honor the OSB can bestow, the Award of Merit is given to those attorneys who have made outstanding contributions to the bench, bar and community and who have exhibited the highest standards of professionalism. Hewitt was recognized for his work on The Lawyers' Campaign for Equal Justice, which raises money to support legal aid in Oregon.

Anastasia Yu Meisner JD'97, a partner at Guyer Meisner in Lake Oswego, received the OSB President's Affirmative Action Award, which recognizes members who have made significant gains in increasing minority representation within the legal community. Since joining the bar, Meisner has been an active leader in a number of bar groups dedicated to diversity issues, including the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association.

Valerie J. Vollmar JD'75, a professor of law at Willamette University, and Janice R. Wilson JD'79, a Multnomah County circuit court judge, received the OSB President's Membership Service Award, which honors attorneys for outstanding contributions to the legal profession through a variety of OSB programs, publications, committees and associations.

Professor Vollmar was honored for her work as co-chair of the committee whose work led to adoption of the Oregon Uniform Trust Code in 2005 and for her work on the bar's Estate Planning & Administration and Elder Law sections. A two-time winner, Professor Vollmar previously received the OSB President's Membership Service Award in 1989.

Janice R. Wilson JD'79 was recognized for her role as a strong and vocal advocate for minorities and people with disabilities, as well as for her willingness to speak out against bigotry and injustice in the courts.

The OSB also presented the annual Edwin J. Peterson Professionalism Award, which is named for College of Law Jurist in Residence Edwin J. Peterson, former chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court. This year's OSB awards banquet was held on Dec. 1, 2005, at The Benson Hotel in Portland.