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Press Release

The CPA Journal Announces its 2015 Max Block Award Winners

Maya Lindsay
Published Date:
Jul 10, 2015

NEW YORK (July 10, 2015) – The CPA Journal, now in its 85th year of uninterrupted publication, recently announced the winners of its 2015 Max Block Distinguished Article Awards.

The winners – chosen by the magazine’s editorial and editorial review board members – were recognized as the best contributors of innovative and thought-provoking articles published in 2014.

The winners are:

  • Steven M. Mintz, DBA, and professor of accounting in the Orfalea College of Business at California Polytechnic State University, received the award for outstanding article in the area of technical analysis for his article, “Revised AICPA Code of Professional Conduct,” published in the October 2014 issue. Mintz analyzes the ethical responsibilities for CPAs in both public practice and business as they relate to the AICPA’s revised Code of Professional Conduct that was issued in June 2014.
  • W. Steve Albrecht, PhD, CPA, CFE, CIA, Andersen Alumni professor in the Marriott School of Management and Jeffrey L. Hoopes, PhD, CPA, assistant professor in the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University, received the award for outstanding article in the area of informed comment for, “Why Audits Cannot Detect All Fraud: Real Examples and Insights from an Expert Witness,” published in the October 2014 issue. Through the experience of an expert witness in many major fraud cases, Albecht and Hoopes illustrate situations in which auditors cannot be expected to detect fraud.
  • Scott Ahroni, JD, LLM, adjunct professor at Queens College of the City University of New York, and Benjamin Rue Silliman, MTax, MAcc, EdD, CPA, associate professor of accounting and taxation at St. John’s University, received the award for outstanding article in the area of policy analysis for, “Federal Tax implications of Windsor,” published in the October 2014 issue. The authors identified and examined the changes in federal tax laws following the Windsor decision that affected same-sex couples in complying with and planning under federal tax laws.

The Max Block Distinguished Article Award is named to honor former CPA Journal managing editor Max Block, and was established to recognize and award outstanding work in technical analysis, informed comment and policy analysis that had been published in the Journal the previous year. The CPA Journal archives are available online at:

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