The Multnomah Bar Association recognized longtime attorney Carl R. Neil, a partner at Lindsay, Hart, Neil & Weigler LLP, at its awards luncheon Sept. 19.
Neil received the 2007 Professionalism Award, the highest honor that the organization bestows upon a member. A graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, Neil has more than 45 years of experience in the areas of commercial litigation, maritime law, carriage of goods issues and contract preparation. He also has 25 years of experience acting as outside general counsel to forest product wholesalers operating throughout the United States and Canada. Neil has served extensively as an arbitrator, both individually and as a panel neutral, and has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 1966, Neil traveled to Mississippi to serve as volunteer counsel to victims of civil rights violations. His efforts helped secure and preserve basic civil liberties during that tumultuous time. Neil's dedication to the concept of basic civil liberties for all citizens outweighed any concern with respect to the real threats to his personal safety existing at that time and place. His commitment to civil rights was also demonstrated in many civil liberty cases he handled for the ACLU.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Urban League of Portland and is a two-time recipient of the E.B. McNaughton Civil Liberties Award from the ACLU of Oregon (1986, 1998). He has taught admiralty law at Lewis & Clark Law School since 1969. He also teaches arbitration law and practice at the law school. He volunteers with Legal Aid Services of Oregon's Senior and Neighborhood Law Projects.