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Honoring Dean Emeritus Ron Hjorth
The UW School of Law will honor the career and accomplishments of Dean Emeritus and Garvey Schubert Barer Professor of Law Ron Hjorth Friday, October 2, 2009 at William H. Gates Hall.
Hjorth joined the UW School of Law faculty in the summer of 1964. He received the 2009 Lifetime Service Award from the Law School Alumni Association at the annual banquet May 7, 2009 and 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.
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). 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.
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