May 12, 2005
Colorado Law presented the eighth annual Clifford Calhoun Public Service Award to Norton Steuben, the Nicholas Rosenbaum Professor of Law Emeritus. Dean David Getches said, "By volunteering to share his professional expertise locally and worldwide, Nort Steuben exemplifies the spirit of public service by a faculty member that the Law School celebrates with the Calhoun Award." Professor Norton Steuben has an extensive record of public service to local, national and international legal communities. As a national expert in real estate transactions, he brought a professional perspective to the cause of affordable housing in Boulder County. He gave countless hours to the Boulder Housing Authority which Thistle Community Housing acknowledged with its Housing Hero Award. Professor Steuben also served on the Open Space Board of Trustees, and the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. The author of leading texts on taxation, Professor Steuben lent his services to Ukraine as a tax policy advisor to the young republic, helping to shape its tax laws as it emerged from Soviet control in the late 1990s. He and his wife lived in Kyiv for nearly two years as he worked with the government to develop a tax code. He was honored for this work by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which asked him to serve as a lecturer on tax policy. In 2003 Professor Steuben was awarded a Fulbright Grant and returned to Ukraine to teach at two universities in Kyiv. In addition to his professionally related service, Steuben has been involved in activities as varied as a Board Member of the Boulder Human Rights Commission and President of Congregation Har HaShem. The Clifford Calhoun Service Award was established in 1998 by an anonymous donor to honor "persons who contribute to the public service of the law school in the spirit and tradition of the contributions Professor Calhoun made in his career in the law school." Professor Calhoun joined the faculty in 1969 and served as Associate Dean from 1983-86, and Acting Dean from 1987-88. He is warmly remembered for his inspired teaching, devoting countless hours assisting his colleagues, and for his tireless commitment of his professional talents to the Bar, to the community, and to the people of Colorado.