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September 15, 2009

Event Celebrates UW Law Dean Emeritus Hjorth

Ron HjorthRon Hjorth, Dean Emeritus & Garvey Shubert Barer Professor

SEATTLE - UW School of Law Dean Emeritus and Garvey Shubert Barer Professor of Law Ron Hjorth will celebrate his retirement with the campus and legal community Friday, October 2, 2009 at William H. Gates Hall.

"Dean Hjorth's leadership during his tenure as dean of this law school was the guiding force behind so many positive changes and momentous accomplishments," said law school dean Kellye Y. Testy. "He's been a tremendous source of support during my first few weeks here and I know the faculty, students and staff have greatly benefited from his commitment to the UW School of Law."

As the 12th Dean of the School of Law (1995-2001), Hjorth guided faculty, students and alumni to reaffirm the law school's historic commitment to a diverse faculty and student body. He established the Graduate Program in Taxation and created the Law Commerce and Technology and the Native American Law Centers. A specialist in the field of federal taxation, he was named the Garvey Schubert Barer Professor of Law at the end of his tenure as dean.

During his deanship, he raised both public and private funds for the construction of William H. Gates Hall. He was responsible for establishing an endowed chair and endowed professorships to support the academic achievements of faculty.

"We are thrilled to honor Dean Hjorth for his leadership, optimism, and perseverance, as well as his distinguished academic career," said Testy.