September 4, 2008
Jack Hamann ’80 Receives Excellence in Legal Journalism Award
The Washington State Bar Association has announced that it will honor Jack Hamann ’80 with its 2008 Excellence in Legal Journalism Award. WSBA will present the award at its Annual Awards Dinner, to be held September 18, 2008 in Seattle.
Mr. Hamann wrote On American Soil: How Justice Became a Casualty of WWII, an investigation into details surrounding a 1944 riot and lynching at the U.S. Army’s Fort Lawton, located in Seattle. The incident received widespread attention at the time, and resulted in 43 African-American soldiers being charged with various crimes. Twenty-eight soldiers went to prison. The book uncovered deep flaws during the court martial proceedings, prompting Congress to order the U.S. Army to reopen the case more than 60 years after its initial conclusion. Following its investigation, the U.S. Army Board for Correction of Military Records overturned the verdicts, and on July 26, 2008, formally apologized to the soldiers’ families. Mr. Hamann’s wife, Leslie, also worked on the book as a researcher.