Saturday, October 28, 2017
On October 19th the Tax Court was in Lubbock in the person of Chief Judge Paige Marvel. The Court’s involvement with the ABA Tax Section is well known, but I did want to give a shout-out to its equally important involvement with legal education. Each year the tax faculty at Tech Law (myself, Alyson Outenreath, Steve Black, Vaughn James, and Terri Morgeson) hold a Tax Careers Panel at the Law School (graciously sponsored in recent by the Texas State Bar Tax Section). We always time it so that we can invite the Tax Court Judge to be on the panel. We are delighted that every judge has participated.
This year, after disposing of business in the morning, the Chief Judge continued that wonderful tradition and kindly took part in our panel, joining Tech Law graduates Levi Siebenlist (private practice) and Chase Barnhill (IRS Office of Chief Counsel, Dallas), and also Mandi Matlock who came up to be pro bono counsel at the Docket call. Over 60 students filled the classroom to hear the panel.
That evening, we took Judge Marvel and her trial clerk, Edward Gonzales to dinner. It was a lovely two hours and Judge Marvel and her clerk were every bit as nice, charming, articulate, and interesting dinner companions as one could hope for. In that regard they continued a long-standing tradition; over the years I have found every Tax Court judge who has come to Lubbock to be equally amiable.
I truly look forward to this annual event and am never disappointed. I am enormously grateful to all the Tax Court judges who come to Lubbock and interact with our students, helping them see the humanness and humanity of the Tax Court bench.