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Charles Z. Smith, 1927 - 2016

Information about former Washington State Supreme Court Justice and University of Washington School of Law Graduate, Charles Z. Smith

Awards & Honors

Honored at a special event celebrating diversity, University of Washington School of Law, the Loren Miller Bar Association, and the Latino/a Bar Association, Nov. 19, 2014

Janet G. Newell Award for Community Service, University of Washington School of Law, 2013; awarded to Justice Smith and his wife Eleanor

Peace and Friendship Award, Washington State Historical Society "for advancing public understanding of the cultural diversity of the peoples of Washington State" (2009)

Included in Our Wonderous One Hundred List of University of Washington graduates, Columns, June 2008

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws, Southwestern Law School, 2004

Distinguished  Service Award, National Center for State Courts, 2004

Champion of Diversity Award, King County Bar Foundation, 2002

Lifetime Service Award, Washington State Bar Association, 2002

Don Kazama Human Relations Award, Japanese American Citizens League, Seattle Chapter, 1999

Outstanding Judge Award, King County Bar Association, 1997

Hispanic Judge of the Year Award, Hispanic National Bar Association, 1996

Silver Gavel Award, Washington State Hispanic Bar Association, 1996

African American Legislative Committee Distinguished Service Award, 1995

Kappa Alpha Psi Distinguished Judicial Service Award, 1994

Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Washington School of Law, 1990

Edwin T. Pratt Award, Seattle Urban League, 1990

Alpha Phi Alpha Distinguished Service Award, 1989

Public Service Award, United States Department of Justice, Community Relations Service, 1998

Outstanding Lawyer Award, King County Bar Association, 1988

Humanitarian Award, American Association for the United Nations, Seattle Chapter, 1980

Community Service Award, Japanese American Citizens League, Seattle Chapter, 1978

Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Law and Justices, Seattle Benefit Guide, 1977

Award & Honors Created in His Name

University of Washington School of Law Student Bar Association, Charles Z. Smith Public Service Award (est. 2001)

University of Washington School of Law Charles Z. Smith Scholarship Fund (est. 1994)