Carson Recognized for Judicial Excellence

The Oregon State Bar recently honored former state Supreme Court Justice Wallace P. Carson Jr. JD’62 at a celebratory luncheon held in recognition of his numerous contributions to Oregon’s judiciary. During the luncheon, Carson received the inaugural OSB Judicial Excellence Award, which has been named in his honor. The award recognizes outstanding integrity, professionalism, commitment to the bar and judicial independence.

Carson joined the Oregon Supreme Court in 1982 and served as chief justice for 14 years — longer than any chief justice in state history. He stepped down as chief in 2005, but continued to serve as a justice of the Court through 2006. Carson has been a member of the Willamette University Board of Trustees since 1970.

“Wally Carson personifies integrity, professionalism and judicial excellence,” said Willamette University College of Law Dean Symeon C. Symeonides. “He is not only the most worthy recipient of this award, but also the best exemplar for inspiring its future recipients and the whole legal profession. Willamette is proud to call him one of our own.”

The Judicial Excellence Award luncheon was held May 31, 2007, at The Governor Hotel in Portland.