Created in 2014 to recognize members who have made a significant difference to the association.
Phil Studenberg, Klamath Falls
Congratulations Phil Studenberg, 2016 recipient of the Ross M. Shepard Award for Lifetime Service to OCDLA! The award will be presented to Phil at 11:15 a.m., Friday, June 16, Mount Bachelor Village, Bend, in conjunction with the Annual Conference.
Phil Studenberg served as OCDLA board president from June 2003 to June 2004. He is a founding member of Klamath Defender Services. He has been a member of the NORML board of directors. Over the years he has been a willing and inspiring mentor for attorneys in the eastern part of the state. Phil recently won, at trial, an attempted murder against cops involving a high speed chase and rumble strips. The DAs thought it a slam dunk, and true to form, Phil showed them it wasn't. Part of his practice has also included social security disability cases involving clients suffering from mental illness.
Chris Hansen, Eugene
Chris has been a public defender at Public Defender Services of Lane County in Eugene since 1977. He is a founding member of OCDLA and was instrumental in OCDLA’s purchase of its new office building. Chris has been hailed as one of the last gentleman defense lawyers in Lane County.
If you would like to suggest a possible recipient for this award, contact Executive Director Shaun McCrea or President Dave Ferry. The Board of Directors decides on the award recipient(s) in the fall or winter, and the award is presented at the Annual Conference. The award is not automatically presented every year.