James E. Redman, who has been practicing law for more than 50 years in Milwaukie, recently was honored by the Clackamas County Bar Association as the 2014 recipient of the Ralph M. Holman Lifetime Achievement Award.

by: SUBMITTED - RedmanThis prestigious award, named after a former Oregon Supreme Court justice and Clackamas County Circuit Court judge, is bestowed upon a member of the Clackamas County Bar whose reputation as a lawyer for skill and ethics is of the highest caliber and who has made significant contributions to the community. Members of the Redman family have been practicing in the Portland area for more than 100 years, and Jim Redman took over the practice from his uncle.

“When you’ve been at this for that length of time, to have peer recognition, it’s very nice,” Redman said.

Redman, a graduate of Milwaukie High School, is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Oregon State Bar and past president of the Clackamas County Bar Association.

Redman was picked for the award by a committee consisting of the first Holman Award winner (Oregon City lawyer Donald Bowerman), retired Clackamas County judge Raymond Bagley, current Clackamas County judge Deanne Darling and CCBA President Lisa Almasy Miller.

Miller first met Redman more than 20 years ago when they had a case against each other. Redman represented a woman who was injured in a car accident, and Miller was defending the person being sued.

“I found Jim to be very professional and well prepared,” Miller said. “He was a real gentleman throughout the proceedings (something that can’t be said for all of my opponents over the years).”

Despite the fact Redman and his wife, Barbara, have had five children, he somehow found time to give back to his community by serving on the North Clackamas School Board from 1973 to 1986. He has been a pro-tem judge for more than 12 years, another volunteer position that requires a monthly commitment of time handling civil cases.

“This helps relieve our circuit court judges who have really been stretched thin due to so many budget cutbacks imposed on our judiciary,” Miller said.

A 1963 graduate of Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College, Redman also has served as vice president of the Oregon State Bar. During the “Ralph M. Holman Lifetime Achievement Award Roast & Boast” April 24 at the Aerie in Eagle Landing in Happy Valley, Robert D. Herndon, presiding judge of the Clackamas County Circuit Court, served as master of ceremonies, and several people (including one of Redman’s sons) told heartfelt stories about Redman and his dedication to his family and community.

“They bring up amusing things that happen in the courtroom, and just tease you in general,” Redman said. “You’re receiving a high honor, but the roasting helps you think not too highly of yourself.”

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