Julie H. McFarlane Lifetime Achievement Award

2018 Recipient Katherine O. “K.O.” Berger


Award Presentation to K.O. Berger
Friday, April 20 • 5:00 p.m. • Agate Beach Inn, Newport
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Katherine O. “K.O.” Berger has represented juveniles since 1987. No case — and no kid — scares K.O. away. She works tirelessly for her juvenile clients, recognizing that they are kids regardless of what they are charged with, and regardless of how much the state or the court or the press try to demonize them.

K.O. thoroughly and completely researches every issue, and knows the national scene. Without her tenacious advocacy at the trial court level, our compatriots would not have brought home appellate victories.

K.O. has also been intricately involved in influencing the law as a lobbyist for the Juvenile Rights Project (now Youth, Rights & Justice), assisting Emily Simon with the Ballot Measure 11 project from 1998 to 2000 and serving as a member
of the Oregon Youth Authority Advisory Committee. She is a longtime member of OCDLA’s Legislative and Juvenile Law committees and has been presented with four President’s Awards since 2007. Every ounce of K.O.’s efforts has been and continues to be dedicated to improving the lives of her clients and others
like them — kids most people want to lock up and forget.