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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Death of Tax Court Judge Renato Beghe

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Senior Judge Renato Beghe of the U.S. Tax Court died on Saturday, July 7, after a long illness. Judge Beghe has served on the Tax Court since his appointment by President George H. W. Bush on March 26, 1991.

Born in Illinois in 1933, Judge Beghe graduated from the University of Chicago with an A.B. in 1951 and a J.D. in 1954. At the University of Chicago, Judge Beghe was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Coif, and he was co-managing editor of Law Review. Judge Beghe was admitted to the New York Bar in 1955. He practiced law in New York City with Carter, Ledyard and Milburn from 1954 to 1983 and with Morgan, Lewis and Bockius from 1983 to 1989.

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Dating back to when I started teaching and Renato Beghe was in practice, I made it a custom to mail him reprints of articles I had written. My reason for doing so was that he distinguished himself as a lawyer with a scholarly interest who displayed that interest by authoring serious scholarship. A number of years later, after he had been appointed to the Tax Court, I had the privilege of spending the better part of an afternoon discussing the judiciary's use of scholarship with then Judge Beghe. My good friend chief Judge Lapsley Hamblin had arranged that I meet with several Tax Court judges for an article I was working on about the changing venue for tax scholarship. Judge Beghe was someone who I especially wanted to meet because his opinions often cited law review articles. He told me that this habit of his resulted in a humorous exchange with him and Ted Tannenwald who one day stopped him in the hall of the Tax Court and said: "Beghe why do you cite all those articles in your opinions? I am sick and tired of your trying to give your friends all that free publicity." Judge Beghe then told him that he did so because he felt obligated to recognize those who had been helpful to him in reaching his decision and not to do so would be unfair to the authors. Ted then replied: "What us the matter with you Beghe? Did you ever hear if a federal judge being impeached for plagiarism."

Posted by: Bill Turnier | Jul 18, 2012 7:28:15 PM