American Inns of Court Honors Justice Wallace Carson

Oregon Supreme Court Justice Wallace P. Carson Jr. JD'62 has been selected to receive the 2006 Lewis F. Powell Jr. Award for Professionalism and Ethics by the American Inns of Court. Carson will receive the award, which recognizes exemplary service in legal excellence, professionalism and ethics, at the National American Inns Celebration of Excellence, to be held Oct. 21, 2006, in Washington, D.C. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court will present the award and deliver the keynote address.

Carson has served more than 40 years in all three branches of Oregon state government. He 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 will continue to serve on the Court until 2007. Carson has been a member of the Willamette University Board of Trustees since 1970.

"Wally Carson is an inspiring leader, an exemplary public servant, and a perfect role model for aspiring or accomplished lawyers," said Willamette University College of Law Dean Symeon C. Symeonides. "As this well-deserved national award illustrates, his star shines far beyond the state of Oregon, which he has served so long and so well. The College of Law is proud to count him among its graduates."

The Willamette Valley has the rare distinction of being home to two American Inns of Court Powell Award winners. Oregon Supreme Court Justice Edwin J. Peterson, distinguished jurist in residence at Willamette University College of Law, received the Powell award in 1998.