Lawler Award Winners: The Journals Literary Luminaries


Since 1976 the JofA’s editorial advisory board has selected the best article of each year to receive the John Lawler Award for editorial excellence. The award is named for John L. Lawler, a former JofA editor who also held a number of other distinguished positions in the Institute. A few of our authors also have been inducted into the John Lawler Award Hall of Fame, an honor reserved for writers whose articles have won two or more awards. The winning articles provide an interesting overview of the most important topics throughout the profession’s recent history and highlight some of the timeless themes that continue to resonate with CPAs today.

LAWLER AWARD WINNERS

1976
Kenneth S. Axelson
“A Businessman’s Views on Disclosure,” July 1975 (page 42).

1977
Brandt Allen
“The Biggest Computer Frauds: Lessons for CPAs,” May 1977 (page 52).

1978
William H. Beaver
“Current Trends in Corporate Disclosures,” January 1978 (page 44).

1979
David Solomons
“The Politicization of Accounting,” November 1978 (page 65).

1980
John C. Burton
“A Critical Look at Professionalism and Scope of Services,” April 1980 (page 48).

1981
A.A. Sommer Jr.
“Corporate Governance: Its Impact on the Profession,” July 1980 (page 52).

1982
Gerald W. Hepp and Thomas W. McRae
“Accounting Standards Overload: Relief Is Needed,” May 1982 (page 52).

1983
Paul Rosenfield and William C. Dent
“No More Deferred Taxes,” February 1983 (page 44).

1984
Dennis R. Beresford, Lawrence C. Best and Joseph V. Weber
“Accounting for Income Taxes: Change Is Coming,” January 1984 (page 72).

1985
Newton N. Minow
“Accountants’ Liability and the Litigation Explosion,” September 1984 (page 70).

1986
Robert Mednick
“The Auditor’s Role in Society: A New Approach to Solving the Perception Gap,” February 1986 (page 70).

1987
Robert J. Sack and Robert Tangreti
“ESM: Implications for the Profession,” April 1987 (page 94).

1988
Robert Mednick
“Accountants’ Liability: Coping With the Stampede to the Courtroom,” September 1987 (page 118).

1989
William D. Hall and Arthur J. Renner
“Lessons That Auditors Ignore at Their Own Risk,” July 1988 (page 50).

1990
Robert L. Israeloff and Gerald W. Hepp
“Should CPAs Issue Plain Paper Financial Statements?” April 1990 (page 59).

1991
William D. Hall and Arthur J. Renner
“Lessons Auditors Ignore at Their Own Risk: Part 2,” June 1991 (page 63).

1991-1992
August J. Aquila and Allan D. Koltin
“How to Lose Clients Without Really Trying,” May 1992 (page 67).

1992-1993
James E. Hunton and M.K. Raja
“How to Pick the Right Computer Network,” June 1993 (page 41).

1993-1994
Gilbert Simonetti, Jr. and Andrea R. Andrews
“A Profession at Risk/A System in Jeopardy,” April 1994 (page 45).

1994-1995
Robert K. Elliott
“The Future of Audits,” September 1994 (page 74).

1995-1996
William L. Reeb and Michaelle Cameron
“Getting Beyond Counting,” December 1996 (page 69).

1997
Chris Malburg
“Surviving Explosive Growth,” December 1997 (page 67), www.aicpa.org/pubs/jofa/dec97/malburg.htm .

1998
Nita J. Clyde
“CPE Is Broke; Let’s Fix It,” December 1998 (page 77), www.aicpa.org/pubs/jofa/dec1998/clyde.htm .

1999
Douglas R. Carmichael
“Hocus-Pocus Accounting,” October 1999 (page 59), www.aicpa.org/pubs/jofa/oct1999/carmich.html .

2000
Joseph T. Wells
“So That’s Why It’s Called a Pyramid Scheme,” October 2000 (page 91), www.aicpa.org/pubs/jofa/oct2000/wells.htm .

2001
Edward Mendlowitz
“Nine Ways to Make Your Firm More Exciting,” March 2001 (page 63), www.aicpa.org/pubs/jofa/mar2001/mendlow.htm .

2002
Joseph T. Wells
“Occupational Fraud: The Audit as Deterrent,” April 2002 (page 24), www.aicpa.org/pubs/jofa/apr2002/wells.htm .

2003
Stephen A. Scarpati
“CPAs as Audit Committee Members,” September 2003 (page 32), www.aicpa.org/pubs/jofa/sep2003/scarpati.htm .

2004
Jennifer M. Mueller
“Amortization of Certain Intangible Assets,” December 2004 (page 74), www.aicpa.org/pubs/jofa/dec2004/mueller.htm .

HALL OF FAME

Gerald W. Hepp
“Accounting Standards Overload: Relief Is Needed,” May 1982.

“Should CPAs Issue Plain Paper Financial Statements?” April 1990.

Robert Mednick
“The Auditor’s Role in Society: A New Approach to Solving the Perception Gap,” February 1986.

“Accountants’ Liability: Coping With the Stampede to the Courtroom,” September 1987.

William D. Hall and Arthur J. Renner
“Lessons That Auditors Ignore at Their Own Risk,” July 1988.

“Lessons Auditors Ignore at Their Own Risk: Part 2,” June 1991.

Joseph T. Wells
“So That’s Why It’s Called a Pyramid Scheme,” October 2000.

“Occupational Fraud: The Audit as Deterrent,” April 2002.

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