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June 17, 2005

Press Contact: Jodi Bart, UT Law Communications, (512) 471-7330.

Stanley Johanson Receives Distinguished Probate Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award

Law Professor honored for contributions to the Texas probate and trust law bar

AUSTIN, Texas — The Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas honored Professor Stanley Johanson with the 2005 Distinguished Probate Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented on Wed., June 8, at the Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth during the State Bar of Texas Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Course.

"We congratulate Stanley on this richly deserved award. He has influenced generations of students and lawyers. It is fitting that his legacy is being recognized,” said Dean Bill Powers.

The award recognizes a distinguished Texas probate lawyer who has made significant and sustained contributions to the Texas probate and trust law bar throughout his or her career. Prior recipients of this award have been Charles Saunders (2001), Edward B. Winn (2002), J. Chris Dougherty (2002), J. Thomas Eubank (2003), and Arthur H. Bayern (2004).

Johanson, who joined the Texas faculty in 1963, was in the inaugural group of professors who were elected, in 1995, to The University of Texas Academy of Distinguished Teachers, whose purpose is to give public recognition to outstanding classroom teachers at The University of Texas at Austin. He holds the Fannie Coplin Regents Chair at UT Law.

Johanson teaches courses on Wills & Estates and Estate Planning. He is the co-author of Wills, Trusts and Estates (Aspen, 6th ed., 2000), which is used in over 120 American law schools, and is the author of Johanson's Texas Probate Code Annotated (West, 2003) and "Wills", in the Gilbert Law Series (Bar/Bri Group, 2003).

In 1997, Johanson received the Treat Award for Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by the National College of Probate Judges. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois, the University of North Carolina, the University of Washington, and UCLA. Johanson is a member of the American Law Institute, an Academic Fellow of the American College of Trusts & Estates Council, and an Academic Fellow of the American College of Tax Council. The former editor-in-chief of the Washington Law Review and a Teaching Fellow at the Harvard Law School in 1961-63, Johanson is Of Counsel to Vinson & Elkins, a Houston law firm.

Related Link:
Stanley Johanson: http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/smj78/