Dana Latham Memorial Award

In 1976, the Los Angeles County Bar Taxation Section decided to honor the memory of Dana Latham by establishing the Dana Latham Memorial Award. The first recipient of the award was Arthur B. Willis, an outstanding member of the Los Angeles tax bar.

The award is given only in those years when the Executive Committee of the Taxation Section concludes that there is a then-living leader of the Los Angeles tax bar who has made an outstanding contribution to the community and to the legal profession in the field of taxation. Generally, such service involves a broad participation in community and public service coupled with achievement as a leader on the Bench, in legal education, tax literature, or in practice as a lawyer, and may involve a combination of these factors.

Dana Latham epitomized those characteristics. He served as President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Commissioner of Internal Revenue, and made many other significant contributions during his lifetime.

The recipients of the award have been:

Marcy Jo Mandel

Speaker:  John Chiang, California State Treasurer


C. David Anderson
Joseph Bankman, Stanford Law School

John J. Clair
Speaker: Kirk J. Stark, Barrall Family Professor of Tax Law and Policy, UCLA School of Law

Thomas W. Henning
Speaker: William E. Simon, Jr., Co-Chairman of William E. Simon & Sons


Nancy L. Iredale
Speaker: Dr. Tom Campbell, Dean and Donald P. Chair in Law and Professor of Economics for Chapman University School of Law

David Wheeler-Newman

Speaker: Rachel Moran, Dean and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law.

Edwin G. Schuck, Jr.
Speaker: Edward D. Kleinbard, Professor of Law, University of Southern California, Gould School of Law

Terry L. Polley
Speaker: Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine, School of Law.

Ellen P. Aprill
Speaker: Clarissa C. Potter, Acting Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service

William K. "Bill" Norman
Speaker: Arthur Dellinger, C.P.A., Kallman and Co. LLP

Terence F. Cuff
Presented by: John S. Warren
Speaker: Stephen D. Rose, a partner at Munger, Tolles and Olson LLP in Los Angeles

Sanford Holo
Presented by: Ellen P. Aprill, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, John E. Anderson Professor of Tax Law, Loyola Law School
Speaker: George K. Yin, Howard W. Smith Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

Joel Rabinovitz
Presented by: William A. Klein, Richard C. Maxwell Professor of Law Emeritus, UCLA Law School
Speaker: Professor Joseph Bankman, Ralph M. Parsons Professor of Law and Business, Stanford Law School

Sidney J. Machtinger

Presented by: Arthur Greenberg, Partner, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman Machtinger & Kinsella LLP
Speaker: Coach John Wooden

Avram Salkin

Presented by Charles P. Rettig, Esq., Partner, Hochman, Salkin, Rettig,
Toscher & Perez, P.C.
Speaker: Edward J. McCaffery, Professor of Law and Political Science, USC

Philip D. Irwin

Presented by: David E. Gordon
Speaker: David Cay Johnson, New York Times

Bruce M. Stiglitz

Presented by: Judith Krantz
Speaker: Schuyler Moore, Partner, Stroock & Lavan LLP; Adjunct Professor, U.C.L.A. School of Law

Albert S. Golbert
Presented by: Miriam J. Golbert and Rufus v. Rhoades
Speaker: Edward J. McCaffery, Maurice Jones, Jr. Professor of Law, USC Law School

Robert K. Johnson

Presented by: Honorable Pamela Ann Rymer and Tim Zagat
Speaker: Honorable Ronald M. George, Chief Justice of California

J. Patrick Whaley

Presented by: Honorable Cynthia H. Hall
Speaker: Harold M. Williams

Honorable Mary Ann Cohen, Chief Judge, U.S. Tax Court

Presented by: Helen Buckley
Speaker: Honorable Mary Ann Cohen

Theodore E. Calleton

Presented by: Valerie J. Merritt
Speaker: Charles Adams

Lawrence M. Stone

Presented by: John R. Cohan
Speaker: Boris I. Bittker, Sterling Professor of Law Yale School of Law

Robert C. Boffa

Presented by: Allen E. Susman
Speaker: James A. Nelson, IRS District Counsel, Los Angeles

Rufus V. Rhoades

Presented by: Judge Pamela Rymer
Speaker: Judge Pamela Rymer, U.S. Circuit Judge, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Norman B. Barker
Presented by: Robert D. Burch
Speaker: None

John E. Scheifly

Presented by: Dudley M. Lang
Speaker: Thomas F. Field, Tax Analysts

Bruce I. Hochman

Presented by: George DeRoy
Speaker: Michael Asimow, Professor, UCLA School of Law

Honorable Cynthia Holcomb Hall

Presented by: F. Daniel Frost
Speaker: Dana Trier, Tax Legislative Counsel

John S. Warren
Presented by: Ernest Dronenburg,
State Board of Equalization
Speaker: Congressman Robert Matsui, Ways & Means Committee Member, U.S. House of Representatives

John R. Cohan
Presented by: Louis M. Brown
Speaker: David H. Brockway, Chief of Staff, Joint Committee on Taxation

F. Daniel Frost

Presented by: Norman B. Barker
Speaker: Judge Cynthia Hall, U.S. Circuit Judge, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Dudley M. Lang

Presented by: John E. Scheifly
Speaker: Gerald H. Goldberg, Executive Office, Franchise Tax Board

Clyde E. Tritt

Presented by: Charles M. Walker
Speaker: Michael J. Graetz, Professor of Law, Yale School of Law

James H. Kindel, Jr.

Presented by: Judge William P. Gray
Speaker: Fred T. Goldberg (later IRS Chief Counsel and Commissioner of Internal Revenue)

John W. Ervin

Presented by: Orrin Evans, Past Dean of USC Law School
Speaker: Kenneth W. Gideon, IRS Chief Counsel

John H. Hall

Presented by: Austin H. Peck, Jr.
Speaker: John E. Chapoton, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Tax Policies

Arthur Manella
Presented by: Carl A. Stutsman, Jr.
Speaker: Arthur B. Laffer, Economist

Carl A. Stutsman, Jr.

Presented by: Arthur Manella
Speaker: Edwin S. Cohen, Commissioner of Internal Revenue

No award presented

Charles M. Walker

Presented by: Arthur B. Willis
Speaker: Arthur B. Willis

Arthur B. Willis

Presented by: Charles M. Walker
Speaker: Charles M. Walker, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury