On March 9, 2007, at a sold-out dinner
at the Governor Hotel in Portland, Justice Carson received the
Judge Mercedes Deiz Award for promotion of minorities in the law.
The award is presented annually by Oregon Women Lawyers to
recognize a lawyer or judge who has made an outstanding
contribution to the advancement of minorities in the legal
As Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, Justice Carson
supported the work of, and helped to implement the recommendations
of, the Task Force on Ethnic Issues (now the Access to Justice
In presenting the award, Liani Reeves of the Oregon Minority
Lawyers Association (OMLA) noted that Justice Carson made it a
point to personally welcome new minority Oregon law students at the
OLIO (Opportunities for Law in Oregon) orientation program. Justice
Carson also attended numerous OMLA events, and personally called to
apologize when his schedule did not permit him to attend an event.
Ms. Reeves emphasized that Justice Carson did not just attend such
events but actively engaged these new lawyers and law students in
conversation. "He is interested in our paths; and he personally
welcomes us to the Oregon legal community," Reeves said.
A standing ovation of those present joined Ms. Reeves in
recognizing Justice Carson for his important work in opening doors
to our profession.
Justice Carson and Liani Reeves are pictured above with the
Judge Mercedes Deiz Award.