For Immediate Release

Katja Sipple
University of Washington School of Law


UW School of Law professor receives tax law award

Ron HjorthSeattle – Roland Hjorth, Garvey Schubert Professor of Law and dean emeritus at the University of Washington, received the 2005 Roger Stouder Award at the Washington State Bar Association Tax Section Luncheon on May 17. Hjorth is the fourth recipient of the award, which is named in honor of a well-known Seattle tax lawyer who died of cancer.

“There is no more deserving recipient of this award than Professor Hjorth,” said Sam Donaldson, director of the Graduate Program in Taxation.

It recognizes and honors outstanding service to the WSBA Tax Section, and is not presented every year. Previous recipients include Professor Meade Emory, the former director of the law school’s tax program.

The award was presented by Jon Schorr, a principal at the Seattle law firm Carney Bradley Spellman, who said that Ron Hjorth has demonstrated such a substantial and beneficial impact through his many years of creative and humorous instruction in all aspects of income tax. The tax community in Washington owes much its success to Ron.

Hjorth has been on the UW School of Law faculty, since 1964 and served as its dean from 1995 to 2001. “I do not know who told you that I grew up in a farmhouse without electricity and running water, in a Mennonite community. The statement is true as far as it goes. But I also grew up on a farm with a river running through it, with fresh air and healthy food and encouragement from the community. My brother and I often said – even then – that there was no one we could think of with whom we would want to exchange places. Thank you for your kind remarks and for reminding me of my roots. I am grateful for both,” he said.

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