Edward Tucker, the current secretary on the Section’s Council, is the recipient of the 2017 Robert J. Kutak Award. A certified public accountant for 45 years, Mr. Tucker spent 40 years as a senior director, officer, and stockholder at Ellin & Tucker, Chartered, before becoming a consultant to the Maryland-based accounting and consulting firm in 2009. He has served as a public member on the Section’s Council since 2008 and serves as chair of the Council’s Finance Committee. He will complete his term this August. Mr. Tucker previously served as a public member on the Accreditation Committee.
In nominating Mr. Tucker for the award, fellow Council member Jim Hanks stated:
“I served with Ed on the Accreditation Committee and have served with him for the past three years on the Council. Ed has brought to all of these assignments a distinct and sophisticated business perspective, especially in financial matters. Without contrivance or artifice, avoiding the shallow arts of showmanship, Ed expresses himself with calmness, respect for others and supreme rationality, often illuminating some neglected point. Ed is widely recognized by his colleagues in the Section as having been a steadying influence on the work of the Council for many years.”
Jeffrey Lewis, chair of the Kutak Award Committee, echoed Mr. Hanks' remarks:
“Ed Tucker’s contributions to the work of the Section have been substantial; they flow from the wise counsel of a man steeped in 50 years of finance and accounting. It has been a delight and privilege to serve with Ed on the Council. This well-deserved honor is also important recognition of the work of a public member on behalf of the Accreditation Project.”
Mr. Tucker earned a BS degree in business administration from the University of Maryland in 1963. That same year, he received the designation of CPA. He also holds the Accredited in Business Validated (ABV) credential awarded by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Tucker is a Life Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Tucker will be honored at a reception on Friday, August 11, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Sheraton New York Times Square during the ABA Annual Meeting. The award is presented annually to honor an individual who has made significant contributions to the collaboration of the legal academy, the bench, and the bar. The award was established in memory of Mr. Kutak, a respected Omaha lawyer, who was committed to legal reform and a strong advocate for legal education.