Oregon State Bar gives awards to two Willamette grads

The Oregon State Bar Wednesday honored Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Janice Wilson BA’76, JD’79, and Allison Boomer JD’09, with awards for their contributions to the legal profession in Oregon.

Wilson won the Wallace P. Carson Award for Judicial Excellence, which annually honors a member of the state’s judiciary. The award, named for former Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Carson, JD’62, goes to a current or retired state or federal court judge who has significantly contributed to the judicial system and who, the OSB states, “is a model of professionalism, integrity and judicial independence.”

Stephen V. Piucci, president of the Oregon State Bar, said of Wilson, “I had one of my first trials in front of Judge Wilson…she stands head and shoulders above the rest of us.”

Wilson chairs the Multnomah Civil Case Management Committee and is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers Trial Experience Committee. She is a founder and current chair of the Oregon Judges Charitable Foundation.

Allison Boomer received the Oregon New Lawyers Division Member Service Award for her work organizing member programs and special projects. Boomer has been instrumental in planning new lawyers socials in Portland and expanded the presence of the New Lawyers Division in Salem, Piucci said.

Boomer is a member of Oregon Women Lawyers and president of the Mary Leonard Law Society. She works as a magistrate pro tempore for the Oregon Tax Court.