Ross Shepard Award for Lifetime Service to OCDLA

2019 Recipient — Bob Thuemmel

From his service as President, Education Committee Chair, his participation in the Honored Members Committee, the Trial Skills College and even the Magic Bus trips around the state in the early 2000s, Bob Thuemmel has been a dedicated member of OCDLA for over 30 years. Bob Thuemmel is the fifth recipient of the Ross M. Shepard Service to OCDLA Award.

Previous Recipients

2018

Alex Bassos works with the Fair Punishment Project. Previously he was director of training and outreach at Metropollitan Public Defender. He founded the OCDLA Library of Defense and is the author of Mental Health and Criminal Defense. Alex Bassos was the fourth recipient of the Ross Shepard Award for Lifetime Service to OCDLA.

2017

Jim Arneson served as OCDLA president from 1991 to 1993 and as an OCDLA lobbyist from 1995 to 1997. Jim was an original member of the Sentencing Guidelines Committee & Public Defense Commission Task Force. Jim Arneson was the third recipient of the Ross Shepard Award for Lifetime Service to OCDLA.

2016

Phil Studenberg served as OCDLA board president from June 2003 to June 2004. He is a founding member of Klamath Defender Services. He has been a member of the NORML board of directors. Over the years he has been a willing and inspiring mentor for attorneys in the eastern part of the state. Part of his practice has also included social security disability cases involving clients suffering from mental illness. Phil Studenberg was the second recipient of the Ross Shepard Award for Lifetime Service to OCDLA.

2015

Chris Hansen has been a public defender at Public Defender Services of Lane County in Eugene since 1977. He is a founding member of OCDLA and was instrumental in OCDLA’s purchase of its new office building. Chris has been hailed as one of the last gentleman defense lawyers in Lane County. Chris Hansen was the second recipient of the Ross Shepard Award for Lifetime Service to OCDLA.