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Washington Supreme Court Justice Charles W. Johnson Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award
May 15, 2003
From the University of Washington College of Arts & Sciences
JUSTICE CHARLES W. JOHNSON RECEIVES
DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AWARD
(SEATTLE, Wash.) March 8, 2003 - “We are delighted to have this opportunity to recognize the significance of his accomplishments and proud of all he represents for the College and our state,” said Dean David C. Hodge, in announcing Washington State Supreme Court Justice Charles W. Johnson as a 2003 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient from the University of Washington College of Arts & Sciences. The award—which recognizes extraordinary accomplishments of an Arts & Sciences alumnus—was presented at the 12th Annual Celebration of Distinction on May 8, 2003, at the Student Union Building (HUB), UW Seattle Campus.
Justice Johnson joined the Washington Supreme Court in 1991. He won reelection for a second term in 1996, and a third term in 2002. He is now the most senior justice on the court, and Associate Chief Justice.
Born in Tacoma, he graduated from UW in economics before entering the University of Puget Sound School of Law. He is an active volunteer in both his profession and community, including serving on the Visiting Committee of the UW School of Social Work. In 1994, Justice Johnson received the Liberty Bell Award from the Young Lawyers Section of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association for his committement to helping those of limited means gain access to the justice system. He has been a member of the Washington State and Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Associations since 1977.
Other 2003 recipients of the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumnus Award include renowned ceramic artist, Patti Warashina, environmental scientist and marine ecologist, Dr. Jane Lubchenco, and American Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand, Darryl N. Johnson.
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