Julie H. McFarlane Lifetime Achievement Award

Past Recipients


Tom Bernier worked as a public defender and in private practice for 38 years. He aggressively defended adults and children charged with crimes and zealously represented children and adults in the juvenile dependency system. He has appeared in the Oregon Supreme Court all the way down to local justice courts. Tom is often asked to speak about his experiences and provide trainings to attorneys, CASAs, caseworkers, mental health providers, foster parents and others. Read more about Tom in this issue of The Oregon Defense Attorney.


Katherine O. “KO” Berger has represented juveniles since 1987. No case — and no kid — scares KO 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. Read more about KO in this issue of The Oregon Defense Attorney.

Doug Killian has practiced juvenile law for 20 years, most of that time at the Metropolitan Public Defender, Inc. He is a smart, tenacious, and fearless advocate, all the while possessing genuine humility. Doug is not afraid to take unpopular opinions, and seems to relish the role of spokesperson for the underdog. He is not afraid to challenge those in authority; for example, he once noted the court’s unfriendly demeanor for the record. Read more about Doug in this issue of The Oregon Defense Attorney.


Angela Sherbo, supervising attorney at Youth, Rights & Justice (formerly, the Juvenile Rights Project), has dedicated 35 years to improving the lives of Oregon’s most vulnerable children and parents. Her interest in juvenile law issues was first sparked at the beginning of her legal career in Kentucky when she worked for five years at the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund in Hazard. Since then, through her zealous advocacy of parents, children, and youth in juvenile dependency and delinquency cases, and her tireless efforts to improve the juvenile court system through litigation, legislation and collaboration, Angela has been instrumental in shaping juvenile law in Oregon. Although we could spend the rest of the day listing her contributions to the practice of juvenile law, here are a few high points. Read more about Angela in this issue of The Oregon Defense Attorney.