SEATTLE, October 5, 2009 – Gifts from alumni and friends of the University of Washington School of Law have established the Dean Emeritus Roland L. Hjorth Endowed Professorship, the goal of which is to attract and retain distinguished law school faculty. The professorship was announced at Hjorth’s October 2, 2009 retirement celebration.
Mr. Hjorth has been of counsel at Garvey Schubert Barer since 2002. He was a member of the University of Washington law faculty from 1964 to 2009, serving as dean from 1995 to 2001. As dean, he 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. In addition, he raised public and private funds for the construction of William H. Gates Hall.
After serving as dean he was named Garvey Schubert Barer Professor of Law. He focuses on federal tax law and policy and has published numerous books and articles on the subject.