CCPIO membership recently gathered to recognize the immense contributions that philanthropist and former legal publisher Dwight D. Opperman made to the development and success of the nation’s only organization dedicated to supporting the work of court public information officers.
The former head of West Publishing Company died in June at age 89. Mr. Opperman provided a grant that allowed the Institute for Court management and the National Center for State Courts to hold the first formal meeting of court public information officers in 1992, which led to the formation of CCPIO in 1998. He then continued to offer generous financial support to the organization annually until the end of a life that was filled with philanthropic generosity supporting the administration of justice and the rule of law.
At their annual meeting* in Salt Lake City this month, CCPIO passed a resolution honoring Mr. Opperman and his support of the organization and gathered for a group portrait with the resolution. The photo and the resolution are being given to the Opperman family so they can know the great good that their loved one did in this world and the positive effect it had on people’s lives and on the judiciary.
* Coverage of 22nd Annual Meeting Intermountain Commercial Record 7/12/2013