Note: Oregon Association of Administrative Law Judges Bruce Black Award On April 12, 2003, the OAALJ lost one of its most dedicated members. Bruce Black served the State of Oregon as an Administrative Law Judge for more than 25 years before his untimely death. Bruce was a founding member of the OAALJ in 1977 and was serving on the OAALJ board at the time of his sudden passing. He made significant contributions to the development of OAALJ throughout his career. A past president and vice president of OAALJ, Bruce died suddenly while jogging. We will miss his dedication, professionalism, and good humor. In Bruce's memory, OAALJ annually presents the Bruce Black Award to a member of the administrative law community who personifies the ideals and professionalism Bruce demonstrated. Nominations for this year's Bruce Black Award should be sent to OAALJ, PO Box 3626, Salem, Oregon 97302. for consideration, or via email to BruceBlackAward@OAALJ.org Nominations must be received by August 31st of each year for consideration. * * * http://www.oaalj.com/Newsletter/Summer%202003%20Newsletter.pdf p4 In Memorium: Bruce Kimball Black December 3, 1945—April 12, 2003 By David Marcus Our esteemed colleague, Administrative Law Judge Bruce K. Black, died suddenly as he was jogging on the evening of Saturday, April 12. He was 57 years old. He is survived by his mother, his wife and best friend Ruth, and his 25 year old son, Adrian, as well as a host of friends and colleagues. Bruce was raised in Salem, Oregon. He graduated from South Salem High School and Stanford University. Bruce earned his J.D. at the University of Oregon, then married and settled in Salem. After practicing law for a few years, he joined the Employment Department as a hearings referee in 1976. He was one of the founding members of the Oregon Association of Administrative Law Judges the following year, 1977 Bruce was highly involved in the early development of the OAALJ and served as its president in 1984 and 1985. Under his leadership, the OAALJ focused its efforts on legislation to establish a central office of administrative hearings, along with efforts to provide CLE programs for ALJs and opportunities for ALJ networking He remained on the Board following his presidency and was responsible for launching the Association's newsletter, “Off the Record,” which has remained continuously in publication ever since. Recognizing that legislation to establish a central office of administrative hearings had failed in several prior sessions, Bruce recommended introducing piecemeal legislation in 1987. Four bills were introduced, including a bill to establish the Commission on Administrative Hearings. The strategy worked; while the main bill to establish a central office of administrative hearings again failed, the Commission bill passed. Under the chairmanship of now Justice Robert D. Durham, concerns about the administrative hearing process received significant attention and exposure through the efforts of the Commission. The seeds were sown for what was to come ten years later. By the time the Commission had completed its work, Judge Black was appointed to serve as an Administrative Law Judge at the Workers' Compensation Board. He renewed his involvement in the Association when it became clear that the Governor's Work Group on Administrative Hearings would introduce legislation in 1999 to establish the Hearing Officer Panel. Bruce served on the OAALJ Board again from 1999 until his death. He was Vice President during much of that tenure, and was also the editor for Off the Record. In December 2001, he was appointed by Chief Hearing Officer Tom Ewing to chair an external Quality Review Committee to address issues of ALJ independence and review of ALJ work products in the Panel. The Committee filed its report and recommendations with the Chief in April 2002, and the Chief adopted a progressive policy of peer review in keeping with those recommendations. Most recently, Judge Black was chosen to serve on the 2003 Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Administrative Law Section.
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