Ken Morrow Lifetime Achievement Award

2019 Recipient

Susan Elizabeth Reese

Honoring Her Beautiful Words and More — Susan is the 17th recipient of the Ken Morrow Lifetime Achievement Award. Please join the OCDLA Board of Directors on Friday, December 6 in honoring Susan Elizabeth Reese, OCDLA “Beautiful Words” and “Reese’s Pieces” columnist with the Ken Morrow Lifetime Achievement Award. Speaking in tribute to Susan will be her good friends Marcia Buckley, Cynthia Hamilton and Kevin McGovern. Read about Susan Elizabeth Reese.

The evening includes a cocktail reception, dinner, and a short live auction to benefit OCDLA’s legislative work in Salem. President’s Award: A special “Legislative Champion” President’s Award will be presented in memory of the late Senator Jackie Winters. Buy tickets.

Past Recipients

2018

Cate Wollam received her Ken Morrow Award for indomitable advocacy on behalf of innumerable accused Oregon citizens, for her service to OCDLA, Oregon’s legal defender community and women in the law, for her role as mentor, teacher and “mother confessor” to countless young attorneys, for her “hat trick” of trying three jury trials in one day, and for her heart. Read more about Cate in The Oregon Defense Attorney.

Garrett Richardson received the Ken Morrow Award for dedication, above all else, to the principled Rule of Law, for 35 years of tireless public service on behalf of the most vulnerable of Oregon’s citizens, for his fighting spirit and refusal to quit that led to a record 261 appellate opinions, and most of all, for being the Journeyman Lawyer we all aspire to be. Read more about Garrett in The Oregon Defense Attorney

2017

Barnes Ellis received the Ken Morrow Award for extraordinary volunteer service and dedication to creating Oregon’s public defense system, for championing public defense, uncompromising devotion to protecting the rights of the accused, and for being Quintilian’s “good man speaking well” in all things. Read more about Barnes in The Oregon Defense Attorney.

2016

John Potter, OCDLA Executive Director Emeritus, received the Ken Morrow Award for his pioneering work to help create OCDLA and build it into what it is today, for the vision with which he has shaped public policy to protect and benefit Oregonians, for his tenacity and persistence in teaching lawyers to be excellent advocates, and for his skills as a listener, his constancy and support, and his unparalleled margaritas.

Read more about John inThe Oregon Defense Attorney and listen to audio of the evening on the LOD podcast page.

2015

Peter Gartlan received the Ken Morrow Award for his tireless and inspirational leadership in elevating the practice of appellate representation, for advocating with dignity, and for shaping a generation of lawyers who will continue his legacy. Read more about Peter in The Oregon Defense Attorney.

2014

Steve Wax received the Ken Morrow Award for extraordinary service as Oregon’s longest-serving Federal Defender, for uncompromising devotion to protecting the rights of the accused, and for standing face to face with all the power government can bring, and not blinking. Read more about Steve in The Oregon Defense Attorney.

2013

Emily Simon
Portland

— Justice, justice shall you pursue. Deut. 16:20

2012

Chief Justice Paul J. De Muniz
Oregon Supreme Court

— For a legal career of inspirational leadership and dedication to the law,
— For a bulldogged determination to improve the criminal justice system, and
— For his kindness and compassion to all.

2011

John Henry Higson, III 
Portland

— For his pioneering work in helping to establish OCDLA,
— For his commitment to the principals framed by the Oregon and United States constitutions, and
— For his legendary work protecting Oregon citizens against the over reaching power of the state.

2010

Bert Putney
Southern Oregon Public Defender, Inc.

— For establishing a foundation of indigent defense in Southern Oregon based on integrity, compassion and zealousness and
— For modeling a true defender of the rights of the criminally charged.

2008

Honorable Linda Bergman
Multnomah County Circuit Court

— For always letting both sides have their full say in her courtroom,
— For her dedication to justice and fairness in all aspects of the criminal justice system, and
— For giving everyone she encountered, as a lawyer and as a judge, real access to justice.

2005

Jim Hennings
Metropolitan Public Defenders Office, Portland

— For his pioneering role as Oregon’s original public defender,
— For providing outstanding representation for those who can least afford it,
— For his devotion to improving the justice system, and
— For being one of Oregon’s most dedicated public servants.

2004 (Co-Recipients)

Duane J. McCabe,
Bend
Ralph H. Smith, Jr., Bend

Duane McCabe

— For his role as a founding father of OCDLA, 
— For bringing a bit of the Irish wit and spirit to the defense community, and
— For a devotion to providing a no-holds-barred defense to his clients.

Ralph Smith

— For an extraordinary legal career spanning five decades, 
— For inspirational leadership as a justice fighter, and
— For a devotion to providing a no-holds-barred defense to his clients.

2001

Bob McCrea
Eugene

— For a legal career of inspirational leadership, excellence and unquestioned professionalism,
— For significant contributions to the criminal justice system and the community, and
— For a man who could never turn away a stray dog.

2000

Ken Morrow 
(In Memoriam)
Eugene