If you don’t know who Betty Roberts is, you should. Betty Roberts
was the first woman on the Oregon Supreme Court, as well as the first
woman on the Oregon Court of Appeals. Justice Roberts passed away on June
25, 2011, but her legacy will live on for years to come.
Justice Roberts was instrumental in pivotal legislation during her career,
such as passing Oregon’s first legalized right to abortion, ratifying
the state’s Equal Rights Amendment, and breaking ground on environmental
and land-use legislation.
Attorney Jane Paulson of Paulson Coletti was honored to be the 2015 recipient
of the Oregon Women Lawyers “Justice Betty Roberts Award.” The award recognizes an individual who made an outstanding contribution
to promoting women in the legal profession, as well as in the community.
Last year, that individual was Jane Paulson.
Representative Earl Blumenauer once said of Justice Roberts, that she was “one of a kind” and “for
over a quarter century, [she] had as much impact on the political process
as anyone in Oregon.”
Below, Jane Paulson of Paulson Coletti (left) is pictured with Justice
Betty Roberts (middle) and Maureen Leonard (right), who clerked for Justice
Roberts on the Oregon Court of Appeals and Oregon Supreme Court.
You can learn
more about Justice Betty Roberts here or by reading her memoir,
With Grit and By Grace.