Peter Irons receives Durfee Award

November 21, 1984

Professor Peter Irons, a member of the Department of Political Science of the University of California, San Diego has recently been honored with one of the 1985 Durfee Awards. Five of these prestigious awards, funded by the Durfee Foundation and administered by California Western School of Law, are conferred each year on individuals "who have enhanced the dignity of others through process of law or legal institutions."

The award to Irons was based on his role in the reopening of the Japanese American wartime internment cases. In announcing the award, the national panel of judges noted that Irons "conducted the essential documentary and legal research that made possible the filing of petitions by the original criminal defendants four decades after convictions and sentencing." The work of Irons as a volunteer, an unpaid attorney in these cases, the judges said, "deserves widespread recognition."

Irons, who joined the UCSD faculty in 1982, holds a Ph.D. in political science from Boston University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a member of state and federal bars and has written two prize winning books, "The New Deal Lawyers" and "Justice at War," which were recognized by the Durfee Award judges in their citation.

Among the four other distinguished lawyers who shared the awards this year are Rowland Watts, honored for defense of civil rights and liberties for almost fifty years, and Jack Greenberg, who successfully argued the Brown v. Board of Education case before the U.S. Supreme Court and was a close associate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

For more information contact: Alixandra Williams, 452-3120

(November 21, 1984)