University of Washington School of Law Dean and Professor of Law W.H. "Joe" Knight was honored with the 2006 Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award by his
alma mater, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, at the Black Alumni Reunion Awards Dinner November 10. Knight, who earned a double major in economics and political science at UNC in 1976, was one of four alumni to receive the award named for the late Harvey Beech, the first African-American student to graduate from UNC. The awards recognize community leadership and support of UNC and the Black Alumni Reunion.
As Dean of the UW School of Law, Knight has been a strong advocate for educational innovation and academic excellence, raising more than $60 million in support of student scholarships, faculty research and fellowships, legal clinics for low-income individuals, and international programs.
In addition, under Knight's leadership, the UW School of Law was the only law school in the country to receive a state department grant to provide legal training to Afghan legal scholars.
The UW School of Law is one of the top public law schools in the United States.
Knight is an active member in the American Law Institute, the Law School Admissions Council, the American Law Deans Association, the Society of American Law Teachers, and both the American and National Bar Associations. He also serves as the Legal Affairs Committee Chair for the State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company board of directors.