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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Senate Holds Hearing on Tax Court Nominees Ashford and Marvel

The Senate Finance Committee yesterday held a hearing on President Obama's nomination of Tamara W. Ashford and renomination of L. Paige Marvel to the U.S. Tax Court.

AshfordTamara W. Ashford currently the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Appellate and Review in the Tax Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, a position she has held since 2011. From 2008 to 2011, Ms. Ashford was a member of the Tax Controversy and Litigation Group of Dewey & LeBoeuf in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, Ms. Ashford served as a Senior Advisor to the Commissioner, Large and Mid-Size Business Division, at the IRS and also the U.S. Director for the Joint International Tax Shelter Information Centre. From 2004 to 2007, she served as Assistant to the IRS Commissioner. Ms. Ashford was a Senior Associate at Miller & Chevalier Chartered in Washington, D.C., from 2001 to 2004, and served as an attorney with the Appellate Section of the Tax Division at DOJ from 1997 to 2001. She began her legal career as a Law Clerk to the Honorable John C. Martin on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Ms. Ashford received her A.B. from Duke University, J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, and an L.L.M. from the University of Miami School of Law. 

MarvelL. Paige Marvel currently serves as a Judge of the United States Tax Court, a position she has held since April 1998. From 1988 to 1998, she worked as a Partner with Venable, Baetjer & Howard. Previously, from 1986 to 1988, she was a Shareholder with Melnicove, Kaufman, Weiner, Smouse & Garbis. Judge Marvel was an Associate with Garbis & Schwait from 1974 to 1976, and Shareholder from 1976 to 1986. She received a B.A. from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.

The committee expressed bipartisan consensus supporting the approval of both nominees.  If confirmed, Ashford and Marvel would give the Tax Court its full complement of 19 judges for the first time since 1999.

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