Matthew S. Rae, Jr., who was the second recipient of the Arthur K. Marshall Award in 1984, has been involved over the years in almost every facet of public service available to a trusts and estates lawyer. After military service in World War II, Mr. Rae received his undergraduate and law degrees from Duke University. After graduation, he worked for the Dean of the Duke University Law School, was a national field representative for Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and as a research attorney for Associate Justice Douglas L. Edmonds. Since 1953 he has been a member of Darling Hall & Rae (and its predecessor firms), in Los Angeles.
Mr. Rae has been an active member in the State Bar Conference of Delegates for more than thirty years, and was Chair of the Resolutions Committee, a member of the Executive Committee and the recipient of the Pfeiffer Award. As a member of the State Bar Trusts and Estates Section (and the predecessor Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section), he served as its Chair and on the Executive Committee (where he was the Chair of the Legislation Committee for twelve years).
On behalf of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Mr. Rae served as Chair of LACBA's Delegation to the State Bar Conference, as Chair of the Probate and Trust Law Committee, as a member of the Taxation Executive Committee, as Vice-Chair of the California Death and Gift Tax Committee, as a member of the Executive Committee for the County Bar Delegation to the Conference of Delegates of the State Bar, as Chair and Co-Chair of the Legislation Committee of the County Bar Trusts and Estate Section, as a director of the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and the South Bar Association (where he served on its Board of Governors and as First Vice President).
For many years, Mr. Rae has served as the California Member on the Commission on Uniform State Law, of which he is now a life member. He has also served as Chair of the Drafting Committee on the Uniform Principal and Income Act for the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, he has served on the Probate and Mental Health Advisory Committee of the Judicial Council of the State of California. He is a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Council. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, and served on its Executive Council. Mr. Rae has also served as president of Chancery Club, and as the chair of the Breakfast Club. In addition to the Arthur K. Marshall Award, Mr. Rae is also the recipient of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Shattuck-Price Award and Conference of Delegates Spirit Award.
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