Nominations for the Justice Betty Roberts and the Judge Mercedes Deiz Awards are due by the end of the business day on Friday, November 4. All nominations will be considered for both awards unless the nominee has already received one of the awards. The awards will be presented on Friday, March 10 at the Portland Art Museum.
To submit a nomination, please complete the form below and submit it, along with the requested supporting documentation, as a single pdf.
Justice Betty Roberts (1923-2011) was a leader in Oregon politics, the first woman appointed to the Oregon appellate bench, and a beloved mentor and advocate for women lawyers. The Justice Betty Roberts Award honors her legacy of promoting women in the practice of law.
Judge Mercedes Deiz (1917-2005) was a trailblazer in the Oregon Bar as the first Black woman to practice law in Oregon and the first woman of color on the Oregon bench. She overcame racial bias throughout her career and created opportunities for minorities to access legal resources and careers. The Judge Mercedes Deiz Award honors her commitment to advancing non-dominant cultures in the legal profession.