Paull Mines Award

C.A. Daw Receives 2014 Paull Mines Award

On July 30, 2014, the Commission awarded the 2014 Paull Mines Award for Contribution to State Tax Jurisprudence to the late C. A. Daw, chief counsel for the Montana Department of Revenue, who lost a battle with cancer in May of this year. His wife, Mari, was present to accept to the award.  Helen Hecht, MTC’s general counsel, presented the award, and drawing from the letter nomination letter, noted that “C. A.’s leadership in state taxation was based on the same foundation as Paull’s: incredible intellectual ability and curiosity, an open and egalitarian spirit toward people, an encyclopedic knowledge of taxation at all levels, and a bedrock commitment to tax fairness matched by an equally strong commitment to taxpayer rights.”

Dan Bucks, former director of the Montana Department of Revenue and former executive director of the Commission was also present, and provided some remarks on C. A.’s work in the state tax field. C.A.’s legal career began with the Idaho Tax Commission and continued for more than two decades in private practice defending states in centrally assessed property and 4-R Act cases. Dan pointed out that C. A. “could easily have chosen the other side of the courtroom, but he chose instead to use his considerable talents for what he believed was the greater public good. In 2007, he joined the Montana Department of Revenue as chief counsel.”

The Commission established the award in 2007 to honor Paull Mines, who began his work with the MTC in 1989 and served as MTC general counsel for eight years until his death in 2002. This is what the MTC’s Memorial to Paull says. “He described his professional passion to be “Preserving Federalism” by developing state tax systems that are understandable, administrable and fair for taxpayers and States alike, with the view to avoiding post-transactional assessments.” The Paull Mines award is given to an individual who exemplifies Paull's leadership, legal excellence, professional integrity, and commitment to shared knowledge among state tax attorneys.  Medal winners are chosen by an MTC selection committee from nominations submitted by state tax agency employees.  


Past Recipients of the Paull Mines Award