For Immediate Release

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Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law

September 28, 2006

Law Professor William Andersen Honored by WSBA

Professor Andersen Recieves the Homan Award from WSBA President Ellen Conedera DialThe Washington State Bar Association presented Emeritus Professor of Law William Andersen with the 2006 Frank Homan Award on September 26, 2006.  The award was presented by WSBA President Ellen Conedera Dial to Professor Andersen for his long-term distinguished service and in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to administrative law, the justice system, and the public.

"This award is especially meaningful to me," said Andersen, "coming as it did from a component of the association which had made historic contributions to administrative justice in the State of Washington. It serves as a reminder of possibilities for service that exist, and of the deep appreciation the Bar has for this kind of collaboration."

In remarks at the ceremony, C. Dean Little, chair of the WSBA Leadership Council, noted that Andersen was instrumental in the drafting and enactment of the 1981 law which created the Office of Administrative Hearings.  In the years following, Andersen worked with section members to completely redraft and secure passage of the 1989 Administrative Procedure Act—a 65 page statute which sets the framework for administrative procedure in all Washington administrative agencies.  Since that time, Andersen has authored significant legal publications on Washington administrative law frequently cited by the Washington courts. He has contributed amicus briefs in several Washington State Supreme Court cases involving interpretation of the 1989 Act.  Last year he published a major summary of Washington case law since passage of the act.  He has been a highly sought-after and willing participant in continuing legal education programs for the state’s lawyers and judges and for administrative law judges locally and nationally.