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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Death Of David Laro (Tax Court Judge)

LaroDavid Laro, Senior Judge of the U.S. Tax Court, died on Friday, September 21, at the age of 76.  From the family:

We are planning a celebration of David’s life at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, September 27th at 2:30 p.m. We will be sitting shiva at Marlene and Andrew's house (8203 Hampton Oak Court, McLean, VA) after the service until 9:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Judge David Laro Scholarship in Taxes at NYU School of Law and the Judge David Laro Tax Law Scholarship at USD School of Law.

From David's Tax Court biography:

b. Michigan. Graduated University of Michigan, B.A., 1964; J.D., University of Illinois Law School, 1967; LL.M., Taxation, New York University Law School, 1970. Admitted to Michigan Bar, and United States District Court (Eastern District) 1968; former partner law firm of Winegarden, Booth, Shedd, and Laro, 1970-75; member of law firm of Laro and Borgeson, 1975-86; member, David Laro, Attorney at Law, P.C., 1986-92; counsel to Dykema Gossett, Ann Arbor, MI, 1989-90; president and chief executive officer of Durakon Industries, Inc., 1989-91; Chairman, Board of Durakon Industries, Inc., 1991-92; Chairman, Board of Republic Bank, 1986-92; Vice Chairman and Co-Founder of Republic Bancorp, Inc. 1986-92. Regent, University of Michigan Board of Regents, 1975-81; Member, Michigan State Board of Education, 1982-83; Chairman, Michigan State Tenure Commission, 1972-75; Commissioner, Civil Service Commission, Flint, MI, 1984-85; Commissioner of Police, Flint, 1972-74; Member, Political Leadership Program, Institute of Public Policy and Social Research; Member, Ann Arbor Art Association Board of Directors, Member, Holocaust Foundation (Ann Arbor). Adjunct professor of law, Georgetown University Law School. Instructor, National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Visiting professor, University of San Diego Law School. Member, National Advisory Committee for New York University Law School. At the request of the American Bar Association and the Central Eastern European Law Initiative, Judge Laro, contributed written comments on the Draft Laws of Ukraine and Uzbekistan and on the creation of specialized courts in Eastern Europe. As a consultant for Harvard University (Harvard Institute for International Development), and Georgia State University, Judge Laro lectured in Moscow to Russian judges on the subject of tax reform and litigation procedures in May 1997 and December 1998. Judge Laro is a commentator for the American Bar Association's Central and East European Law Initiative on the draft laws of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Slovakia, Ukraine, and Republic of Macedonia. Judge Laro lectured to Judges and tax officials in Azerbaijan on tax reform. Appointed by President George H.W. Bush as Judge, United States Tax Court, on November 2, 1992, for a term ending November 1, 2007. Retired on November 1, 2007, but continues to perform judicial duties as Senior Judge on recall.

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