The UW School of Law will honor Dean Emeritus Professor Roland Hjorth and four distinguished alumni at the 2009 Alumni Recognition Banquet on Thursday, May 7, 2009 at the Grand Hyatt in Seattle:
King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg '85 ,
Justice Tom Chambers '69,
Judge Richard A. Jones '75, and
Cristóbal Josh Alex '01.
The career and accomplishments of UW School of Law Dean Emeritus Professor Roland Hjorth will also be honored. The awards are bestowed by the Law School Alumni Association.
King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg '85
Henry M. Jackson Distinguished Alumni Public Service Award
Dan Satterberg ’85, was elected King County Prosecuting Attorney in November 2007 to succeed his longtime friend and mentor, the late Norm Maleng.
Satterberg served as chief of staff for Norm Maleng for 17 years, and was responsible for the management and operation of the Prosecuting Attorney's Office, including budget, human resources, technology, legislative and policy matters. The Prosecuting Attorney's Office employs more than 220 attorneys and 268 staff and has a budget of over $56 million.
Since his election, Satterberg has been appointed by the Governor to serve on the Washington State Sentencing Guidelines Commission and the Washington State Auto Theft Prevention Authority. He is also co-chair with State Attorney General Rob McKenna of the Washington Law Enforcement Group Against Identity Theft, a public/private organization that seeks to raise awareness about consumer data privacy issues in Washington State. In addition, he serves on the King County Mental Illness and Drug Dependency Oversight Committee.
During his tenure as chief of staff, Satterberg helped design and the implement the state's first sexual predator laws, tough sentences for habitual offenders, enhanced penalties for juvenile violence, and animal cruelty laws. He also worked to establish innovations in the criminal justice system including Kid's Court for child victims, elder abuse intervention and prosecution, Drug Diversion Court, truancy reform, and Mental Health Court.
Before 1990, Satterberg was a trial attorney in the Criminal Division, where he spent rotations in the Special Assault Unit and Drug Unit. He served as the office's first gang prosecutor in 1988.
Justice Tom Chambers '69
Distinguished Alumni Award
Before first being elected to the Washington Supreme Court in 2000, Tom Chambers '69 maintained a trial practice in Seattle for 30 years. He was recognized as Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association in 1989 and the state chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates in 1996. According to Jury Verdicts Northwest, during a 10-year period, he tried more jury trials for plaintiffs than any lawyer in the state.
As a practicing attorney, Chambers served as president of four statewide lawyer associations-- Washington State Bar Association (1996-97), Washington State Trial Lawyers Association (1986-87), American Board of Trial Advocates (1993), and Damage Attorneys Round Table (1993)-and was state chair of Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association. He also served on national boards of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the American Board of Trial Advocates. Chambers has published over 100 papers and articles and a 1,000 page two-volume book, Tom Chambers Trial Notebook. He also produced two instructional videos. He was named Boss of the Year by the Greater Seattle Legal Secretaries Association 1978-79.
A recent study of the court found that on an annual basis, Chambers authored the second largest number of both majority and separate opinions. He was named Outstanding Judge of the Year by King County Washington Women Lawyers in 2006. Chambers is a Judicial Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Tom Chambers and his wife Judy are committed to humanitarian work. Judy volunteers around the world for International Smile Power. Tom has served on the boards of Rise n’ Shine Foundation, United Way of King County, and Providence Seattle Medical Center Foundation. Tom and Judy received the 1999 Good Neighbor Award in recognition of more than 20 years of commitment to the residents of Seattle Housing Authority. They have been married 42 years and have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.
Judge Richard A. Jones '75
Distinguished Alumni Award
The Honorable Richard A. Jones ’75 was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle in October of 2007. He had served as a King County Superior Court Judge for more than 13 years before joining the federal bench. As an attorney, Jones was a Deputy Prosecutor for King County and Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington. His criminal practice background is balanced with also having been a staff attorney for the Port of Seattle and an associate with Bogle & Gates.
Judge Jones has received numerous awards and honors for his achievements as a lawyer and judge. In 2001 he was honored with the Loren Miller Bar Association Award of Excellence. He received Outstanding Judge Awards in 2004 from the Washington State Bar Association, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, Asian Bar Association of Washington State, and King County Bar Association.
He was also honored with the 2004 Alumnus of the Year Award from Seattle University. St. Martin’s University awarded Judge Jones a Doctor of Humane Letters Honorary Degree in 2008.
Jones has been on the faculty of the National Judicial College since 2000. He also serves on several boards, committees and commissions, including the Washington State Bar Association’s Washington Leadership Institute, the National Center for Courts and Media, and the Center for Children & Youth Justice. He is co-founder of the Northwest Minority Job Fair and First Year Minority Clerkship Program. In addition, he has been on the board of the YMCA of Greater Seattle for nearly 20 years, serving as its president in 2000-02. Jones was honored in 2007 with the YMCA’s A.K. Guy Award for his exceptional volunteer contributions to the community.
Dean Emeritus Professor Roland Hjorth
Lifetime Service Award
Roland (Ron) Hjorth, Dean Emeritus and Garvey Schubert Barer Professor of Law, joined the UW School of Law faculty in the summer of 1964. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany before attending New York University School of Law as a Root Tilden scholar, class of 1961. For three years, Hjorth was an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.
Hjorth has been a member of the law school faculty for 45 years except for leaves to act as a visiting professor at New York University (1969-70), Texas (1976), Michigan (1982), and Florida (1982) and to work full time for one year at a local law firm (now K&L Gates). He considers the time he has spent with generations of UW law students to have been one of the most challenging and blessed experiences of his life. Hjorth will retire in the summer of 2009.
Hjorth has taught tax law during his entire career at the law school, with occasional forays into corporations, community property, and even public international law. He has published books on taxation of business enterprises and on tax consequences of marriage dissolutions as well as articles in numerous law journals. A member of the New York Bar and the Washington State Bar Association, Hjorth is also a lifetime Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is currently of counsel to Garvey Schubert Barer.
Hjorth served as associate dean of the law school in 1994-95 and dean from 1995-2001. During this period, he was able to renew his friendships with former students and join with other alumni as they worked together to achieve private and public funding for William H. Gates Hall.
Cristóbal Josh Alex '01
Recent Graduate Award
After organizing farmworkers in Texas and volunteering for the National Commission for Democracy in Mexico, Cristóbal Joshua Alex ’01 came to the law school focused on civil rights issues. As WSBA student body president, he led marches and rallies opposing Anti-Affirmation Action initiatives and organized a successful $40 million legislative campaign to fund farmworker housing. After graduating, he clerked for Judge William Baker ’65, Washington Court of Appeals, and then joined the Seattle firm of MacDonald Hoague & Bayless where his practice centered on civil rights law involving prisoner rights, police shootings, discrimination, and constitutional guarantees.
As the youngest president in the history of the Washington Latina/o Bar Association, Alex brought attention to standardized testing systems that disproportionally impact people of color and led voter registration drives. He developed the Pathways to Law mentoring program that pairs community college students of color with attorneys of color, a program that was the first of its kind in the country and has since been replicated in many communities. He also co-founded and chaired the Farm Worker Justice Project and the Latino Political Action Committee.
Three years ago, Alex joined the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights in New York City. The Campaign, a coalition of more than 100 advocacy groups, policy institutes, law schools and numerous individuals works to address the civil rights rollback resulting from the rightward shift in the federal judiciary. The Campaign does so by raising public awareness of civil rights issues and working with partners and members of Congress to reverse the rollback using legislation, public policy and advocacy before the U.S. Supreme Court and United Nations.
Today, in his new position as a program officer of the Democracy and Power Fund of the Open Society Institute, Alex works directly with organizations to expand their capacity to advocate for social justice, particularly in the areas of civil rights and structural racism, economic opportunity, and immigrant justice. This effort is designed to bring people and communities that lack power into the political process through civic engagement, voter registration, grassroots organizing, innovative technologies and social networking, and idea generation.