[NOTE: This article first appeared in the Summer 2013 Edition of Hyatt & Stubblefield, P.C.'s "Community Developments"]
The American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) awarded its prestigious Frederick S. Lane Award to Wayne Hyatt at its Mid-Year Meeting in Florida this past spring. Jonathan R. Shils, President of ACREL, stated: "The Frederick Lane Award is the highest honor the College can bestow. The Lane Award has previously been given only seven times since the College was founded in 1978 to honor the career contributions of distinguished real estate lawyers who have selflessly served the profession, the College and their community. In honoring Wayne Hyatt with the Lane Award, the College affirms these values by recognizing such a worthy recipient with this accolade from his peers."
Wayne served as President of ACREL in 2004. His prior service to the organization included terms as President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary, and member of the Board of Governors; Chair of the Bylaws, Common Interest Ownership and Affordable Housing committees; and membership and leadership participation in over a dozen committees. He was the driving force behind establishing ACREL Cares, a community service program.
ACREL was founded in 1978 as a non-profit organization of lawyers who have gained distinction in the practice of real estate law. The group devotes its efforts to improving the practice of real estate law around the country, and its membership consists of lawyers from 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It has become the nation's most prestigious peer selected organization for practicing real estate lawyers.Admission to ACREL is by invitation only. This national legal real estate organization elects to its membership lawyers distinguished for their skill, experience and high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice of real estate law.