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Woodworth Lecture Series

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The Laurence Neal Woodworth Memorial Lecture series honors the memory of Laurence Neal Woodworth, a 1940 graduate of Ohio Northern University and long-time Chief of Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation. Dr. Woodworth joined the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation in 1944 after he received his masters degree in Economics from the University of Denver.

He became Chief of Staff of the Joint Committee in 1964 and served with distinction in that position until he was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Tax Policy, the principal tax policy official in the executive branch, in 1977. His term as Assistant Secretary ended suddenly with his death in 1977. In recognition of his service, he received the Alexander Hamilton Award, the highest decoration awarded by the Treasury Department. As Chief of Staff, Dr. Woodworth played an important role in shaping such landmark legislation at the Tax Reform Acts of 1969 and 1976 and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) of 1974.

Dr. Woodworth had an encyclopedic knowledge of federal tax law and policy, and he was able to explain even the most complex legislative proposals clearly and simply. He was known for his bipartisanship in leading the Joint Committee, as well as for his gracious and kindly personality. Dr. Woodworth also was mentor and friend to economists and lawyers who went on to make outstanding contributions in government and in private tax practice. Dr. Woodworth also served his community and Ohio Northern with distinction. Dr. Woodworth was mayor of Cheverly, Maryland. He also served as a trustee of Ohio Northern from 1969-1977 and was instrumental in establishing endowed chairs in History and Political Science and in Economics and Business at Ohio Northern.

The Lecture Series: The lecture series was endowed by Dr. Woodworth's friends and associates. The lectureship is a fitting memorial to Dr. Woodworth because of his deep, long-standing concern for tax policy and the federal tax system. As David Brockway, a Washington tax attorney and colleage of Dr. Woodworth's has stated: "Dr. Woodworth was very concerned with having a rational tax system, one which both served the well-being of government and which was fair to people. He saw a fair tax system as being important in securing people's trust in their government." The lecture takes place annually in connection with the May meeting of the American Bar Association Tax Section. Lectures are published in the Ohio Northern Law Review (citations below).

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