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Press Release

Max Block Awards Handed to the Best Writers of 2013 at The CPA Journal

Alonza Robertson
Published Date:
Jun 18, 2014
NEW YORK (June 18, 2014) – The CPA Journal- a technical periodical for certified public accountants, regulators, educators and financial professionals published by the New York State Society of CPAs and one of the nation's oldest– has announced the winners of its 2014 Max Block Awards.
The winners – chosen by the Journals’s editorial  board members - were recognized as the best of all the innovative and thought-provoking articles published in 2013. The annual Max Block Distinguished Article Award is named for a former managing editor of the publication and has recognized, for the past 39 years, outstanding work in technical analysis, informed comment and policy analysis.
The awards were presented June 17 at a ceremony at the Financial District offices of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, the publisher of the monthly Journal which has nearly 30,000 subscribers.
The winners are:
  • CPA Mark S. Warshavsky, for best informed comment for his article “The Role of Forensic Accountants in Litigation Cases,” published in the June 2013 issue. Warshavsky  focused on the litigation aspects of forensic accounting by describing some noteworthy cases, the forensic accountant’s role, and the tools used during investigations.
  • Brian Daugherty, PhD, CPA, assistant professor at the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Denise Dickins, PhD, CPA, CIA, associate professor, College of Business, East Carolina University; Julia Higgs, PhD, CPA, associate professor, School of Accounting, Florida Atlantic University; and Kay Tatum, PhD, CPA, associate professor, School of Business Administration, University of Miami, received the award for outstanding article in the area of policy analysis for “The Question of Mandatory Audit Firm Rotation: Would Investors Benefit?” published in the January 2013 issue. The authors analyzed whether mandatory periodic rotation of the audit firms of publicly traded companies is in improving financial reporting quality.
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About the NYSSCPA
The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants is one of the largest state accounting organization in the U.S. and currently represents the issues, standards and public services efforts of certified public accountants who practice in New York State. Incorporated in 1897, the Society fulfills its mission through its 15 chapters with more than 28,000 members, 60 technical and administrative committees and a 39-member Board of Directors. For more information visit or contact Alonza Robertson, arobertson@nysscpa.orgor call 212.719.8405