Susan Hammer Receives Federal Bar Association Award

Susan M. Hammer JD'76 of Portland recently was recognized for improving the practice of law before the U.S. District Court of Oregon by the Oregon Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (FBA), which presented her with the 2006 Judge James M. Burns Federal Practice Award. The award is named for a renowned jurist for the District Court of Oregon.

"I am honored to receive an award bearing the name of Judge James Burns and to be recognized by the Federal Bar Association," Hammer said. "I am very grateful."

Hammer has a rich history of service to Oregon's legal community. She was an attorney and a partner in Stoel Rives LLP for more than 20 years. She served as president of the Multnomah Bar Association in 1987 and formed the association's first committee to focus on alternatives to litigation. In 1998, she embarked on a busy solo practice with an emphasis on dispute resolution. Since that time, she has worked tirelessly to promote the value of negotiation and mediation to members of the bar and devote her time to community service and nonprofit organizations.

The 2006 Federal Practice Award was presented to Hammer by Courtney Angeli, a partner in Stoel Rives and former colleague of the award recipient. "Susan is a well recognized civic leader," Angeli said. "She also is well recognized as a thought leader in Oregon — someone whose judgment and opinions are trusted by policymakers, activists and politicians. During the two decades that she has practiced in the federal and state courts, Susan has served on an impressive four judicial selection committees for the district."

The Federal Practice Award was presented to Hammer during the FBA 's Annual Judges Appreciation Dinner, held April 25, 2006, at the Portland Hilton Pavilion Ballroom.

A profile of Susan Hammer can be found in the spring 2006 issue of Willamette Lawyer.