University of Idaho Alumni Association Honors Dale Carlisle at Tacoma Event

Monday, June 14 2010

Written by Jeff Olson

MOSCOW, Idaho – Dale L. Carlisle, a Tacoma, Wash., attorney and 1957 graduate of the University of Idaho, has been selected to receive the University of Idaho Alumni Association’s Silver and Gold Award. The award recognizes outstanding alumni for their record of achievement and service in their specialized areas of endeavors.

An award presentation and reception will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23, in the Grand Hall of the Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St. in Tacoma. Tickets to the event are $30 and guests can RSVP at prior to June 21. The public is invited to attend. Suggested dress is business attire.

Carlisle has a 50-year legal career and record of civic involvement. He joined the Tacoma law firm Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell, LLP in 1965 and served as the firm’s managing partner from 1991-99. As an attorney of counsel, his primary areas of practice are real estate law, corporate law and securities law. He has earned the designation "Super Lawyer" by Washington Law & Politics journal, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, a peer-reviewed legal publication.

In addition, Carlisle served on the board of governors of the Washington State Bar Association and was the association’s president in 2001-02. He has participated in a number of county, state and national bar association committees, and he received the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washington State Bar Association.

Carlisle has been an adjunct professor at the Seattle University School of Law. In 2009, he taught a course on American business law at Novgorod State University Law School in Novgorod, Russia, and in 2010, he taught the same course at Brest State University in Brest, Belarus. He also served for 18 years on the board of the Puget Sound Legal Assistance Foundation, including five years as president. The foundation, now known as the Pierce County Bar Foundation, helps to provide free civil legal representation to low-income people.

His civic involvement includes service as a trustee and president of the Tacoma Public Library, and director and president of the Tacoma City Club. He currently is a member of the Washington State Salary Commission for Elected Officials.

Carlisle earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Idaho, where he was captain and voted most valuable member of the swimming team, a yell king and participated in student government. He earned his law degree in 1960 from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. He began his legal career as a judge advocate for the U.S. Air Force and as an assistant U.S. attorney for the western district of Washington.

His dedication to the University of Idaho is evident in his financial support to build the J.A. Albertson Building, home to the College of Business and Economics, and he has created the Carlisle Family Scholarship Endowment to provide financial support to students in the college.

“We are very proud to honor Dale Carlisle for his commitment to his community and his profession,” said Wayne Wohler, Alumni Awards and Recognition committee chairman and immediate past president of the Alumni Association. “We can be proud of his leadership that continues our Vandal legacy of leading.”
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