The American Civil Liberties Union of the National Capital Area (ACLU-NCA) presented attorney Ralph J. Temple with its annual Alan and Adrienne Barth Award for exemplary volunteer service last week.

The American Civil Liberties Union of the National Capital Area (ACLU-NCA) presented attorney Ralph J. Temple with its annual Alan and Adrienne Barth Award for exemplary volunteer service last week.

Temple served on the ACLU-NCA Board from 1964 to 1966, and 1984 to 1988, and served on the National ACLU board of directors from 1982 to 1985. He was legal director of the ACLU-NCA from 1966 to 1980, and performed the dual role of executive director in 1979. Since 2005, Temple has been a member of the boards of the ACLU of Oregon and its Southern Oregon chapter.

In addition to his volunteer activities for the ACLU-NCA, in Southern Oregon Temple helped initiate a federal lawsuit challenging the disruption of an anti-Bush demonstration in Jacksonville in 2004, successfully lobbying for Ashland's adoption of community policing and a reformed electric stun gun policy and a policy recognizing the constitutional right to panhandle, and of community participation in the selection of a new police chief. Ralph has also been instrumental in the Oregon ACLU's initiation of a program to monitor and seek out civil liberties violations in Southern Oregon's five largest cities.