2018 Legal Citizen of the Year Award Dinner & Benefit

The Classroom Law Project Jonathan U. Newman Legal Citizen of the Year Award Dinner & Benefit is one of Portland’s most celebrated events within the legal, civic and business community. Each year, guests join us in honoring Oregon’s most respected civic leaders and educators, as well as to help raise critical funds for one of the nation’s premiere civic and law-related education organizations.

The Jonathan U. Newman Legal Citizen of the Year Award recognizes the late Judge Newman for his leadership in encouraging and instilling respect for civic education in Oregon. Each year, a leader is honored for his or her demonstrated commitment to the mission and principles of Classroom Law Project, including forwarding the ideals of civic education and inspiring future citizens. Classroom Law Project also honors an exemplary civic educator in Oregon with the Civic Educator of the Year Award, given to a teacher who enhances the future of our democracy by instilling in his or her students the intelligence, energy and virtue to be active citizens.

The 2018 recipient of the Jonathan U. Newman Legal Citizen of the Year Award will be Jim Carter, long-time advocate of civic education, CLP Board member, and champion of participatory democracy.

The Civic Educator of the Year for 2017 – 18 is CLP Program Director Barbara Rost, who is retiring after 20 years.

Tom Goldstein, co-founder of SCOTUSblog, will speak at the dinner.

2017 Sponsors


Garvey Schubert Barer

Nike, Inc.

Perkins Coie LLP


Angeli Law Group LLC

Ater Wynne LLP

Buckley Law

Bullard Law

Bullivant Houser Bailey PC

Cambia Health Solutions

Columbia Bank

Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP

Davis Wright Tremaine

Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue LLP

Farleigh Wada Witt

Hart Wagner LLP

Harrang Long Gary Rudnick PC

Hon. Erin Lagesen & Hon. Stephen Bushong

Hon. Michael Simon & Hon. Suzanne Bonamici

IMS Capital

Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP

Lane Powell PC

Larkins Vacura Kayser LLP

Lewis & Clark Law School

Markowitz Herbold PC

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

Multnomah County Circuit Court

Oregon State Bar

Portland General Electric

Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC

Stoel Rives LLP

Stoll Berne

Tonkon Torp LLP


2017    Hon. Hans Linde

2016    Hon. Thomas Balmer

2015    Hon. Nan Waller

2014    Hon. Jake Tanzer

2013    Governor Ted Kulongoski

2012    Jim Westwood

2011     Hon. Paul De Muniz

2010    Hon. Jean Kerr Maurer

2009    Marilyn R. Cover

2008    25th Anniversary of CLP 2007    Hon. Ancer L. Haggerty

2006    Hon. Susan M. Leeson

2005    Hon. David Frohnmayer

2004    Senator Ron Wyden & Senator Gordon Smith

2003    Hon. Wallace P. Carson, Jr.

2002    Vera Katz

2001    Sidney I. Lezak

2000   Hon. Edwin J. Peterson

1999    Bruce B. Samson

1998    Hon. Susan P. Graber

1997    Hon. Mark O. Hatfield

1996    Bob & Marilyn Ridgley

1995    Hon. Kristena A. LaMar

1994    Hon. Donald H. Londer

1993    Harold C. Hart

1992    Hon. W. Michael Gillette

1991    Hon. Edward Leavy

1990    Hon. Charles S. Crookham

1989    Hon. Robert E. Jones

1988    Hon. Richard L. Unis

1987    Hon. Otto J. Skopil

1986    Hon. James M. Burns

1985    Hon. Kenneth J. O’Connell

1984    Hon. A. Ted Goodwin