Markowitz Herbold is pleased to announce that Shareholder Lisa Kaner has been honored by the Oregon Area Jewish Committee (OAJC) with the 2014 Judge Learned Hand Lifetime Achievement Award for professional excellence and her contributions to the community.
Kaner served as chair and legal counsel for the Oregon Holocaust Memorial Coalition, a multi-ethnic inter-faith group of organizations formed to create a Holocaust Memorial in Oregon. She successfully guided the coalition through a heated six-year legal battle and to the Memorial’s unveiling in 2004 in Portland’s Washington Park. In 2008, Kaner received the Judge Learned Hand Special Recognition Award for her efforts.
For more than a decade Kaner has served as a board member and officer for the Oregon Chapter of The American Jewish Committee, the oldest human rights organization in the country. In 2002, Kaner co-chaired a coalition to bring the international exhibit, Anne Frank: A History for Today to Portland, which was visited by more than 60,000 visitors.
Kaner assisted in creating and raising funds for a permanent endowment held for the perpetual care of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial, and for Holocaust education, which encourages educators to teach, and young people to learn, about the Holocaust and fight injustice in their own lives. She assisted the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center in its recent merger with the Oregon Jewish Museum, which resulted in the new Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (OJMCHE). Kaner was also involved in bringing a new exhibit to the OJMCHE, entitled: A Triumph of Life: Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial.
Judge Hand was famous for the extensive range of decisions which he rendered in more than 2,000 cases, especially those centering on questions of constitutional rights and anti-trust legislation. Award recipients are people who embody much of what Judge Hand represented: the rights of the individual and the importance of democratic values in an orderly society.