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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ABA Tax Section Publishes Summer 2014 Issue of News Quarterly

ABA News QuarterlyThe ABA Tax Section has published 33 News Quarterly No. 4 (Summer 2014):

August 20, 2014 in ABA Tax Section, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Council of the ABA Section on Legal Education Meets Today

ABA Logo 2The Council of the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar meets today in Boston:

Open Session Agenda

A. June 2014 Open Session Minutes

B. Review and Approve Revised Internal Operating Practices (IOPs)
1.  Revised IOPs
2.  Explanation of Revisions

C. Report on Standards Transition Plan

D.  Budget
1.  Consider revised budget, based on ABA budget outcome, hiring, revision to travel budget, technology and set school fees

E. Affiliate Reports
1.  AALL
2.  ALWD
3.  CLEA
4.  LSAC
5.  NALP Update
6.  NALP Class of 2013 Selected Findings
7.  NCBE
8.  SALT

F. Data Policy Committee Report (Strickman)
1. Minor adjustments to AQ
2. Beta testing of employment outcomes protocol

G. Rport on Student Loans Forgiveness Work Group

H. Committee Reports
1.  BOG Liaison
2.  Law Student Division
3.  Young Lawyers
4.  House of Delegates
5.  Managing Director
6.  Chairperson

August 8, 2014 in ABA Tax Section, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

ABA Tax Section Seeks Pro Bono Tax Counsel

The ABA Tax Section seeks a Pro Bono Tax Counsel:

ABA Tax Section Logo (2012)The Pro Bono Counsel works closely with Tax Section members and staff to develop and grow pro bono programs for the Tax Section. Responsibilities include program development and management, advertising, writing and editing, and recruitment.

The Pro Bono Counsel also administers the Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellowship through the Public Service Fellowship Committee as well as the Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award through the Pro Bono Award Committee. The Pro Bono Counsel will cultivate relationships with the Tax Court, Armed Forces, IRS, the low income taxpayer community, Tax Section members, and other ABA entities.

Does substantive legal work and may manage a grant funded project or provide substantive support to an ABA entity. May manage that entity. May be supervised by another attorney and frequently supervises more junior attorneys and/or other staff. Includes legal research, writing, speaking, provision of technical assistance, and may include grant development and/or fundraising.

August 5, 2014 in ABA Tax Section, Tax, Tax Prof Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

7th Circuit: ABA Retirement Fund Denied Tax-Exempt Because It Did Not Work to Improve Conditions of Legal Profession

ABA Retirement Funds v. United States, No. 13‐2332 (7th Cir. July 21, 2014):

ABA Logo 2ABA Retirement, appeals the district court’s denial of its request for tax‐exempt status for the years 2000 through 2002. Agreeing with the Internal Revenue Service, the district court found that ABA Retirement was not a tax-exempt “business league” under 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(6) during the relevant period. We agree with that assessment and affirm. ...

This is not a close case; save for the fact that it is a nonprofit corporation, ABA Retirement fails every necessary condition for business league status. Because the district court’s opinion is thorough, here we focus on just two of the reasons why ABA Retirement is not a business league: (1) its activities are not directed to the improvement of business conditions for the legal field generally; and (2) it engages in a business ordinarily conducted for profit.

July 23, 2014 in ABA Tax Section, Tax | Permalink | Comments (2)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Tax Lawyer Publishes New Issue

The Tax Lawyer (2013)The Tax Lawyer has published Vol. 67, No. 3 (Spring 2014):

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

ABA: Law Schools Can Admit 10% of Students Without LSAT, Must Do Annual Audit of Placement Data, Can't Give Academic Credit for Paid Externships

ABA Journal, Legal Ed Section’s Council Wraps Standards Review, Keeps Ban on Academic Credit For Paid Externships:

ABA Logo 2The governing council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has wrapped up its comprehensive review of the law school accreditation standards.

The council, which met Friday in Cleveland, approved five of the six remaining proposed changes in the standards, including one that would permit schools to admit up to 10 percent of their entering class with students who haven’t taken the LSAT and one that would limit the number of transfer credits a school can grant for prior law study not taken as a JD-degree student at an ABA-approved school.

It also approved new rules of procedure, a new set of definitions, a new protocol for auditing reported law school employment outcomes beginning with the graduating class of 2015, and the deletion of a chapter of standards whose provisions have been moved elsewhere in the standards.

In fact, the only proposed change in the standards the council didn’t approve was one that would have eliminated the current prohibition against granting academic credit to a student for participating in a field placement program for which the student receives compensation. ...

All of the proposed changes in the standards—along with a host of others approved by the council in March—will be reviewed by the ABA House of Delegates at the association’s 2014 annual meeting in Boston in August.

Update:  National Law Journal, ABA Council Says No to Paid Law Student Externships

June 10, 2014 in ABA Tax Section, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (8)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

ABA Tax Section Publishes Spring 2014 Issue of News Quarterly

ABA News QuarterlyThe ABA Tax Section has published 33 News Quarterly No. 3 (Spring 2014):

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

ABA Tax Section May Meeting

ABA Tax Section Logo (2012)The ABA Tax Section May meeting concludes today in Washington, D.C. The full program is here. Tax Profs with speaking roles today include:

  • Employee Benefits:  Jonathan Forman (Oklahoma), Kathryn Kennedy (John Marshall)
  • Pro Bono & Tax Clinics:  Bryan Camp (Texas Tech), Keith Fogg (Villanova), Steve Johnson (Florida State), Tuan Samahon (Villanova), George Willis (Chapman)
  • Tax Practice Management:  Michael Lang (Chapman)

May 10, 2014 in ABA Tax Section, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, May 9, 2014

ABA Tax Section May Meeting

ABA Tax Section Logo (2012)The ABA Tax Section May meeting continues today in Washington, D.C. The full program is here. Tax Profs with speaking roles today include:

  • Employee Benefits Update:  Jonathan Forman (Oklahoma)
  • Exempt Organizations:  Ellen Aprill (Loyola-L.A.)
  • Tax Policy and Simplification:  Mihir Desai (Harvard), Jonathan Forman (Oklahoma), Itai Grinberg (Georgetown), Dick Harvey (Villanova), Edmund Outslay (Michigan State), Stephen Shay (Harvard)
  • Teaching Taxation:  Leslie Book (Villanova), Adam Chodorow (Arizona State), Danshera Cords (Albany), G. Ellis Duncan (Georgetown), Kerry Ryan (St. Louis), Sara Sternberg Greene (Duke)
  • Transfer Pricing:  Peter Barnes (Duke)

May 9, 2014 in ABA Tax Section, Conferences, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, May 8, 2014

ABA Tax Section May Meeting

ABA Tax Section Logo (2012)The ABA Tax Section May meeting kicks off today in Washington, D.C. The full program is here. Today's highlight is the annual Laurence Neal Woodworth Memorial Lecture in Federal Tax Law and Policy delivered by former IRS Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman (Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Co.; Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School Center for Business and Government). Tax Profs with speaking roles today include:

  • Low Income Taxpayers Representation Workshop:  Diana Leyden (Connecticut), Miriam Marton (Connecticut), Kathryn Sedo (Minnesota), Jack Snyder (Baltimore), George Willis (Chapman)

May 8, 2014 in ABA Tax Section, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

ABA Forms Task Force on the Financing of Legal Education

Press Release, ABA Announces New Task Force on Financing of Legal Education:

ABA Logo 2ABA President James R. Silkenat today announced the formation of the ABA Task Force on the Financing of Legal Education.

The task force is charged with looking at the cost of legal education for students, the financing of law schools, student loans and educational debt. It will also consider current practices of law schools regarding the use of merit scholarships, tuition discounting and need-based aid.

“As law school tuitions and educational debt loads increase at the same time employment opportunities for recent graduates are constrained, the ABA needs to lead a thorough examination of the financing of legal education and law schools,” Silkenat said. “Members of the ABA Task Force on the Financing of Legal Education will conduct a comprehensive study of the complex economic and political issues involved and produce sound recommendations to inform policymakers throughout the legal community.”

Members of the task force include:

  • Dennis W. Archer (chair), a Detroit lawyer, Detroit mayor for two terms from 1994 to 2001 and associate justice of the Michigan Supreme Court from 1986 to 1990. He was ABA president from 2003 to 2004 and is chairman emeritus of the Detroit-headquartered law firm Dickinson Wright. Archer serves on the boards of Johnson Controls and Masco Corp. He is also on the board of Progressus Therapy, a nationwide provider of school-based therapy and early intervention services for school districts and communities across the country, and InfiLaw, a consortium of independently owned and operated ABA-approved law schools.
  • Luke Bierman, who will become the dean of Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, N.C., on June 1 and formerly served as general counsel to the comptroller of the State of New York.
  • Christopher Chapman, president and CEO of Access Group, a nonprofit membership organization of 192 ABA-approved law schools that works to further access, affordability and the value of legal education through research, policy advocacy, direct member and student educational services, and student financing options.
  • William Curry, partner with Sullivan & Worcester in Boston who focuses on general corporate and securities law.
  • Heather Jarvis, adviser on student loan issues (askheatherjarvis.com) and advocate for reducing the financial barriers to practicing public interest law.
  • Goodwin Liu, associate justice of the California Supreme Court and former professor at the University of California-Berkeley School of Law.
  • Rachel Moran, dean, University of California at Los Angeles School of Law.
  • Lucian Pera, treasurer of the ABA and partner with Adams and Reese LLP in Memphis.
  • Erika Robinson, associate at Gregory, Doyle, Calhoun & Rogers in Marietta, Ga., who focuses on education law. She is a former law student liaison to the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.
  • Jason Mark Sengheiser, law clerk with the Missouri Court of Appeals and a member of the Missouri Bar’s Young Lawyers Section Council.
  • Kurt Schmoke, interim provost and chief academic officer, vice president and general counsel of Howard University and former mayor of Baltimore.
  • Philip Schrag, professor at Georgetown University Law Center.
  • Joseph West, president and CEO of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.
  • Robert Wilcox, dean of the University of South Carolina School of Law.

May 7, 2014 in ABA Tax Section, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (4)

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Tax Lawyer Publishes New Issue

The Tax Lawyer (2013)The Tax Lawyer has published Vol. 67, No. 2 (Winter 2014):

March 28, 2014 in ABA Tax Section, Scholarship, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tax Prof Mount Rushmore

Mount RushmoreLebron James sparked a meme over the NBA's version of Mount Rushmore (Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and George Washington) when he listed the four greatest players in NBA history as Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and Oscar Robertson.  Kobe Bryant chimed in with his own version:  Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and Bill Russell.  ESPN has created a Mount Rushmore of Sports, with lists of the four all-time greats in a variety of sports, and the media has created a wide range of Mount Rushmore lists.

I thought it would be fun to create a Tax Prof Mount Rushmore.  I asked the 350 subscribers to the TaxProf Email Discussion Group to take a survey identifying the four tax professors who belong on the TaxProf Mount Rushmore.  57 (16.3%) of the subscribers completed the survey and voted for 56 different tax professors.  The Tax Prof Mount Rushmore is:

Tax Prof Mount Rushmore

Boris Bittker (Yale) (named on 72% of ballots), James Eustice (NYU) (25%), Marty Ginsburg (Georgetown) (25%), and Stanley Surrey (Harvard) (37%).

The other top vote getters were Bill Andrews (Harvard) (23%), Michael Graetz (Columbia) (18%), Erwin Griswold (Harvard) (14%), and Marvin Chirelstein (Columbia) (12%).

February 19, 2014 in ABA Tax Section, Legal Education, Tax | Permalink | Comments (5)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Tax Lawyer Publishes New Issue

The Tax Lawyer (2013)The Tax Lawyer has published Vol. 67, No. 1 (Fall 2013):

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Friday, February 7, 2014

ABA Tax Section Publishes Winter 2014 Issue of News Quarterly

ABA News QuarterlyThe ABA Tax Section has published 33 News Quarterly No. 2 (Winter 2014):

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Georgia, Florida Win 2013 ABA Law Student Tax Challenge

ABAThe ABA Tax Section has released the list of winners of the 2013 Law Student Tax Challenge:

J.D. Division:

  • 1st Place:  Georgia: Morgan L. Klinzing & Benjamin Newell (Faculty Coach: Camilla Watson)
  • 2nd Place:  Florida International: Sam Gonas & Alexander Martini
  • 3rd Place:  Washburn: Steven Iverson & Kerrilyn Russ (Faculty Coach: Lori McMillan)
  • Best Written Submission:  Pittsburgh: Yelena Cheskidova & Eduardo Santaolalla (Faculty Coach: Anthony Infanti)

LL.M. Division:

  • 1st Place:  Florida: Julie Ickes & Sara Heuer (Faculty Coach: Charlene Luke)
  • 2nd Place:  Northwestern: Hanna Lee & Thai Duong Nguyen (Faculty Coach: Herbert Beller)
  • Best Written Submission:  Northwestern: Justin Du Mouchel & Alexander Dobyan (Faculty Coach: Robert Wootton)

February 6, 2014 in ABA Tax Section, Legal Education, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, January 25, 2014

ABA Tax Section Midyear Meeting

ABA Tax Section Logo (2012)The ABA Tax Section midyear meeting concludes today in Phoenix. The full program is here. Tax Profs with speaking roles today include:

  • Current Developments in Individual, Corporate, Partnership and Estate & Gift Taxation:  Elaine Gagliardi (Montana), Bruce McGovern (South Texas), Marty McMahon (Florida)
  • Employee Benefits:  Kathryn Kennedy (John Marshall-Chicago)
  • Pro Bono & Tax Clinics:  Leslie Book (Villanova), Michelle Drumbl (Washington & Lee), Keith Fogg (Villanova), Jan Pierce (Lewis & Clark), George Willis (Chapman)
  • Sales, Exchanges & Basis:  Brad Borden (Brooklyn), Pat Cain (Santa Clara), Roberta Mann (Oregon)
  • Tax Practice Management: Michael Lang (Chapman)

January 25, 2014 in ABA Tax Section, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, January 24, 2014

ABA Tax Section Midyear Meeting

ABA Tax Section Logo (2012)The ABA Tax Section midyear meeting kicks off today in Phoenix. The full program is here. Tax Profs with speaking roles today include:

  • Bankruptcy & Workouts: Don Leatherman (Tennessee)
  • Current Developments: Alan Appel (New York Law School)
  • Diversity:  Sandy Freund (Rutgers-Newark)
  • Employee Benefits:  Kathryn Kennedy (John Marshall-Chicago)
  • Partnerships and LLCs:  Noel Brock (West Virginia)
  • Publications:  Alice Abreu (Temple)
  • S Corporations:  Robert W. Jamison (Indiana-Indianapolis)
  • Standards of Tax Practice and Teaching Taxation:  Peter Barnes (Duke), Linda Beale (Wayne State), Danshera Cords (Albany), Linda Galler (Hofstra),  Michael Hatfield (University of Washington), Mona Hymel (Arizona), Michael Lang (Chapman), Diane Ring (Boston College), Phyllis Smith (Florida A&M), Donald Tobin (Ohio State)
  • Tax Policy and Simplification:  Michelle Drumbl (Washington & Lee), Jonathan Forman (Oklahoma), Susannah Camic Tahk (Wisconsin)

January 24, 2014 in ABA Tax Section, Conferences, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, November 22, 2013

ABA Tax Section Publishes Fall 2013 Issue of News Quarterly

ABA News QuarterlyThe ABA Tax Section has published 33 News Quarterly No. 1 (Fall 2013):

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Tax Lawyer Publishes New Issue

The Tax Lawyer (2013)The Tax Lawyer has published Vol. 66, No. 4 (Summer 2013):

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

24th Annual Philadelphia Tax Conference

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Tax Lawyer Publishes New Issue

The Tax Lawyer (2013)The Tax Lawyer has published Vol. 66, No. 3 (Spring 2013):

October 10, 2013 in ABA Tax Section, Scholarship, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Call for Papers: The Tax Lawyer

The Tax Lawyer (2013)The Tax Lawyer is accepting submissions for its Spring 2014 issue, which will be published by June 1, 2014. Manuscripts should be submitted no later than December 1, 2013 and publication decisions will be made as articles are received. Manuscripts may be submitted by e-mail attachment. Articles must be submitted in MS Word format and must include a short abstract, which should not exceed 500 words. Please use standard formatting, Courier New font, and footnotes rather than endnotes.

October 9, 2013 in ABA Tax Section, Scholarship, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 7, 2013

ABA Tax Section Seeks Nominations for Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award

ABA Tax Section Logo (2012)The ABA Tax Section is soliciting nominations for the 2014 Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award. This award was established in 2002 to recognize one or more individuals or law firms for outstanding and sustained achievements in pro bono activities in the tax law. In 2007 the award was renamed in honor of the late Janet R. Spragens, who received the award in 2006 in recognition of her dedication to the development of low income taxpayer clinics throughout the United States. The selection criteria are here. Please submit nominations to Laura Newland by November 1, 2013.

October 7, 2013 in ABA Tax Section, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, September 21, 2013

ABA Tax Section Fall CLE Meeting

ABA Tax Section Logo (2012)The ABA Tax Section concludes its Joint Fall CLE Meeting with the ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section today in San Francisco. The full program is here.  Tax Profs with speaking roles today include:

  • Corporate Tax:  Michelle Kwon (Tennessee)
  • Employee Benefits:  Kathryn Kennedy (John Marshall)
  • Pro Bono & Tax Clinics:  Leslie Book (Villanova), Patricia Cain (Santa Clara), Tony Infanti (Pittsburgh), George Willis (Chapman)
  • Sales, Exchanges & Basis:  Howard Abrams (San Diego), Bradley Borden (Brooklyn), Erik Jensen (Case Western)
  • Section Luncheon & Plenary Session:  From Tax Reform to Fiscal Soundness:  Alan Auerbach (UC-Berkeley), Ed Kleinbard (USC), Ann Thomas (New York Law School)
  • Section Program: Hot Practice Tips for Representing an Individual Taxpayer:  Stephen Black (Texas Tech)

September 21, 2013 in ABA Tax Section, Conferences, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, September 20, 2013

ABA Tax Section Fall CLE Meeting

ABA Tax Section Logo (2012)The ABA Tax Section continues its Joint Fall CLE Meeting with the ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section today in San Francisco. The full program is here.  Tax Profs with speaking roles today include:

  • Diversity:  Patricia Cain (Santa Clara)
  • Exempt Organizations:  Christopher Hoyt (UMKC), Elaine Wilson (West Virginia)
  • Insurance Companies:  Patricia Cain (Santa Clara)
  • Partnerships & LLCs:  Don Leatherman (Tennessee), George Yin (Virginia)
  • Publications:  Alice Abreu (Temple)
  • Real Estate:  Howard Abrams (San Diego)
  • S Corporations:  Christopher Hoyt (UMKC), Robert Morrow (Chapman)
  • Standards of Tax Practice:  Linda Beale (Wayne State), Richard Lavoie (Akron)
  • Tax Policy & Simplification:  Alan Auerbach (UC-Berkeley), Jordan Barry (San Diego), Linda Beale (Wayne State), Jonathan Forman (Oklahoma), David Gamage (UC-Berkeley), Roberta Mann (Oregon), Alex Raskolnikov (Columbia)
  • Tax Practice Management:  Michael Lang (Chapman)
  • Teaching Taxation:  David Cameron (Northwestern), Danshera Cords (Albany), Shu-Yi Oei (Tulane), Nancy Shurtz (Oregon)
  • U.S. Activities of Foreigners & Tax Treaties: Patricia Brown (Miami)

September 20, 2013 in ABA Tax Section, Conferences, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

ABA Tax Section Publishes Summer 2013 Issue of News Quarterly

Cover1The ABA Tax Section has published 32 News Quarterly No. 4 (Summer 2013):

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

ABA Tax Section Releases 2013-14 Law Student Tax Challenge Problem

ABA Tax Section Law Student Tax Challenge (2013-14)The ABA Tax Section has released the J.D. Problem (rules; entry form) and LL.M. Problem (rules; entry form) for the 13th Annual Law Student Tax Challenge (2013-2014):

An alternative to traditional moot court competitions, the Law Student Tax Challenge asks two-person teams of students to solve a cutting-edge and complex business problem that might arise in everyday tax practice. Teams are initially evaluated on two criteria: a memorandum to a senior partner and a letter to a client explaining the result. Based on the written work product, six teams from the J.D. Division and four teams from the LL .M. Division receive a free trip (including airfare and accommodations for two nights) to the Section of Taxation 2014 Midyear Meeting, January 23-25 in Phoenix, AZ, where each team will defend its submission before a panel of judges consisting of the country’s top tax practitioners and government officials, including tax court judges. The competition is a great way for law students to showcase their knowledge in a real-world setting and gain valuable exposure to the tax law community. On average, more than 50 teams compete in the J.D. Division and more than 30 teams compete in the LL .M. Division.

IMPORTANT DATES

  1. Submission Deadline: November 8, 2013
  2. Notification of Semifinalists and Finalists: December 20, 2013
  3. Semifinal and Final Oral Defense Rounds: January 24, 2014 in Phoenix, AZ

September 11, 2013 in ABA Tax Section, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

13th Annual Law Student Tax Challenge (2013-2014)

ABA Tax Section Law Student Tax Challenge (2013-14)ABA Tax Section, Announcement:

13th Annual Law Student Tax Challenge (2013-2014)
An alternative to traditional moot court competitions, the Law Student Tax Challenge asks two-person teams of students to solve a cutting-edge and complex business problem that might arise in everyday tax practice. Teams are initially evaluated on two criteria: a memorandum to a senior partner and a letter to a client explaining the result. Based on the written work product, six teams from the J.D. Division and four teams from the LL .M. Division receive a free trip (including airfare and accommodations for two nights) to the Section of Taxation 2014 Midyear Meeting, January 23-25 in Phoenix, AZ, where each team will defend its submission before a panel of judges consisting of the country’s top tax practitioners and government officials, including tax court judges. The competition is a great way for law students to showcase their knowledge in a real-world setting and gain valuable exposure to the tax law community. On average, more than 50 teams compete in the J.D. Division and more than 30 teams compete in the LL .M. Division.

IMPORTANT DATES

  1. Problem Release Date: September 6, 2013
  2. Submission Deadline: November 8, 2013
  3. Notification of Semifinalists and Finalists: December 20, 2013
  4. Semifinal and Final Oral Defense Rounds: January 24, 2014 in Phoenix, AZ

August 22, 2013 in ABA Tax Section, Legal Education, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, August 19, 2013

ABA Tax Section Accepting Nominations for 2014-2016 Public Service Fellowships

ABA Tax Section Logo (2012)The ABA Tax Section is accepting applications for Public Service Fellowships for 2014-2016:

The Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellowships provide salaries and benefits, as well as law school debt assistance, by means of charitable contributions to the sponsoring organizations to fellows selected. The Section plans to award two fellowships each year.

Applications must be received by November 15, 2013, to be considered. Interviews will be conducted during the Section’s Midyear Meeting in Phoenix, Ariz., on January 23-25, 2014. The Section will cover the cost of travel and accommodations for applicants selected for interviews.

To apply for the ABA Tax Section Public Service Fellowships, please click here.

August 19, 2013 in ABA Tax Section, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, August 9, 2013

Michael Hirschfeld Named Chair of ABA Tax Section

HirschfeldMichael Hirschfeld (Dechert, New York) was named Chair of the ABA Tax Section at the ABA Annual Meeting today in San Francisco:

“Michael’s selection as chair of the prestigious ABA Tax Section recognizes both his long-standing commitment to the principles of the ABA and his thought leadership within the national tax bar. We are proud to add this honor to the long list of Michael’s great accomplishments,” said Andrew J. Levander, chair of Dechert’s policy committee. ... A member of Dechert’s international and domestic tax practice in New York, Hirschfeld provides taxation advice in connection with corporate, international, partnership, real estate, workouts and leasing matters. He has been recognized as a leading national and international tax lawyer by Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in America, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and The International Who’s Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers.

August 9, 2013 in ABA Tax Section, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Tax Lawyer Publishes New Issue

Tax Lawyer The Tax Lawyer has published Vol. 66, No. 2 (Winter 2013):

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Friday, July 5, 2013

ABA Tax Section Publishes Spring 2013 Issue of News Quarterly

ABANQ CoverThe ABA Tax Section has published 32 News Quarterly No. 3 (Spring 2013):

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Rosenthal & Needham Debate: The Tax Treatment of Private Equity Funds and Their Partners

Tax AnalystsSteven M. Rosenthal (Tax Policy Center) & Andrew W. Needham (Cravath), Taxing PE Funds and Their Partners: A Debate on Current Law,  139 Tax Notes 1327 (June 10, 2013):

The following is the text of a debate that occurred between Rosenthal and Needham at the May meeting of the ABA Section of Taxation in Washington regarding the proper tax treatment of private equity funds and their partners under current law.

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July 3, 2013 in ABA Tax Section, Conferences, Scholarship, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Tax Lawyer Publishes New Issue

Tax Lawyer The Tax Lawyer has published Vol. 66, No. 1 (Fall  2012):

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

ABA Tax Section May Meeting

ABA Tax SectionThe ABA Tax Section May meeting concludes today in Washington, D.C. The full program is here. Tax Profs with speaking roles include:

  • Affiliated & Related Corporations:  Michelle Kwon (Tennessee), Don Leatherman (Tennessee)
  • Diversity:  Patricia A. Cain (Santa Clara)
  • Employee Benefits Distributions Update:  Kathryn J. Kennedy (John Marshall)
  • Exempt Organizations:  Jill S. Manny (NYU)
  • Individual & Family Taxation:  David L. Rice (California Polytechnic)
  • Pro Bono & Tax Clinics:  Michael Campbell (Villanova), Keith Fogg (Villanova)
  • Publications:  Alice Abreu (Temple)
  • S Corporations:  Robert K. Morrow (Chapman)
  • Sales, Exchanges & Basis:  Bradley T. Borden (Brooklyn), Erik Jensen (Case Western)
  • Tax Policy & Simplification:  Itai Grinberg (Georgetown), Roberta F. Mann (Oregon), Erik Jensen (Case Western), Tracy Kaye (Seton Hall)
  • Tax Practice Management:  Michael B. Lang (Chapman)
  • Teaching Taxation:  Joshua Blank (NYU), Adam S. Chodorow (Arizona State), Deborah A. Geier (Cleveland State), Omri Marian (Florida), Adam Rosenzweig (Washington U.)

Tax Prof Dinner:

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

2013 Tannenwald Tax Writing Competition

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For students who wrote tax seminar papers this semester:  the Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and American College of Tax Counsel are sponsoring the 2013 Tannenwald Tax Writing Competition:

Named for the late Tax Court Judge Theodore Tannenwald, Jr., and designed to perpetuate his dedication to legal scholarship of the highest quality, the Tannenwald Writing Competition is open to all full- or part-time law school students, undergraduate or graduate. Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted in accordance with the Competition Rules.

Prizes:

  • 1st Place:  $5,000, free trip to the 2014 ABA Tax Section Mid-Year Meeting and publication in the Florida Tax Review
  • 2nd Place:  $2,500
  • 3rd Place:  $1,500

Deadline:  July 1, 2013. Mail papers to: Tannenwald Foundation, Ste. 200, 1275 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004, Attn: Melnie Moore.

For more information, contact Nancy Abramowitz.

For a list of participating law schools, see here. For a list of winners from prior years, and their tax faculty sponsors, see here.

April 11, 2013 in ABA Tax Section, Legal Education, Scholarship, Tax, Teaching | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Florida, Georgetown Win 2012 ABA Law Student Tax Challenge

Lstclogo12The ABA Tax Section has released the list of winners of the 2012 Law Student Tax Challenge:

J.D. Division:

  • 1st Place:  Florida -- Stephanie Malen & Paul D'Alessandro
  • 2nd Place:  William & Mary -- Kandyce Korotky & Kate Ward
  • 3rd Place:  Florida -- KaLynn Ryker & Sara Heuer
  • Best Written Submission:  Harvard -- Tyson Willis & Jonathan Borowsky

LL.M. Division:

  • 1st Place:  Georgetown -- Clayton Collins & Logan Kincheloe
  • 2nd Place:  Denver -- Justin Byrd & Kyle Johnson
  • Best Written Submission:  Georgetown -- Clayton Collins & Logan Kincheloe

March 12, 2013 in ABA Tax Section, Scholarship, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, March 8, 2013

ABA Tax Section Names 2013 Nolan Fellows

ABA Tax Section Logo The ABA Tax Section has announced the recipients of its 2013 Nolan Fellowships:

Named for the late Jack Nolan, a dedicated and respected Tax Section member, the distinction is awarded to young lawyers who are actively involved in the Section and have shown leadership qualities. Each one-year fellowship includes waived Meeting registration fees and assistance with travel to some Section meetings.

March 8, 2013 in ABA Tax Section, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, March 4, 2013

ABA Tax Section Awards Two Public Service Tax Fellowships

ABA Tax The ABA Tax Section today  announced the winners of its two Public Service Tax Fellowships for 2013-2015:

Susanna Birdsong, scheduled to earn her J.D. from the American University College of Law in May 2013, will be working as policy counsel with the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C. She will focus on tax credits available to low-income families at the federal and state level.

Susanna Ratner, a recent graduate of the Yeshiva University’s Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, is working with the SeniorLAW Center in Philadelphia, Pa. to provide direct legal services to low-income seniors with tax issues relating to home ownership.

March 4, 2013 in ABA Tax Section, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Death of Christine Brunswick

BrunswickChristine Ann Brunswick, Executive Director of the ABA Tax Section for over 25 years, died on Monday at the age of 60. She was Vice President and a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Breast Cancer Coalition:

A longtime breast cancer advocate, Chris was part of the National Breast Cancer Coalition since its inception in 1991. She was a leader at every level, and among her many other volunteer efforts for NBCC, she testified before Congress and regulatory agencies, often appeared on television and in print media on behalf of NBCC, represented the coalition on various national committees and panels, and spoke around the world to advocates and researchers. She served on the NBCC Executive Committee and was one of the founders and advocates for NBCC’s international work, participating in various international conferences, including the 4th United Nation’s World Conference on Women in Beijing, China in 1995. Chris acted as a mentor for new NBCC board members and for participants in our Emerging Leaders network. ...

A memorial service will be held for Chris on Friday, March 1, from 12 noon until 3 p.m. at the National Women's Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave., NW. The service is open to all ABA Tax Section members. Her family has asked that donations be made to The Chris Brunswick Fund at National Breast Cancer Coalition, 1101 17th Street, NW, Suite 1300, Washington, DC, 20036.

February 28, 2013 in ABA Tax Section, Obituaries, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Mark Moreau and Carlton Smith Receive Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award

ABA Tax Section Logo (2012)ABA Tax Section Press Release (Feb. 20, 2013):

The ABA Section of Taxation presented its annual Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award to Mark Moreau, Co-Executive Director, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services in New Orleans, and Carlton Smith, Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Director, Tax Clinic, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, during a luncheon on Jan. 26 at the Section’s 2013 Midyear Meeting in Orlando, Fla.

The Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award, named after the late American University Law professor who greatly contributed to ensuring representation for low-income taxpayers, is presented each year to an individual lawyer or law firm that has demonstrated outstanding and sustained commitment to pro bono legal services, particularly with respect to federal and state tax law.

February 21, 2013 in ABA Tax Section, Legal Education, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, February 1, 2013

ABA Tax Section Publishes Winter 2013 Issue of News Quarterly

ABA NQThe ABA Tax Section has published 32 News Quarterly No. 2 (Winter 2013):

February 1, 2013 in ABA Tax Section, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

USC Tax Institute

USC ProgramThe USC Gould School of Law Tax Institute continues today with its Partnerships, Individual, and Ethics session. Kathryn Keneally (Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice) delivers the keynote address on Tax Issues of Interest to the Department of Justice. Among the other speakers today are:

  • Michael D. Fernhoff (Proskauer, New York)
  • David L. Friedline (Ernst & Young, New York)
  • David B. Goldman (Munger, Tolles & Olson, Los Angeles)
  • James M. Lowy (Ernst & Young, San Francisco)
  • Blake D. Rubin (McDermott Will & Emery, Washington, D.C.)
  • Robert D. Schachat (Ernst & Young, Washington, D.C.)
  • Raj Tanden (Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, Los Angeles)
  • Larry Varellas (Deloitte Tax, San Francisco)
  • Thomas S. Wisialowski (Paul Hastings, Palo Alto)

January 29, 2013 in ABA Tax Section, Conferences, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

ABA Tax Section Midyear Meeting

ABA Tax SectionThe ABA Tax Section midyear meeting concluded yesterday in Orlando. The full program is here. Tax Profs with speaking roles included:

  • Diversity:  Lily Kahng (Seattle)
  • Employee Benefits:  Kathryn Kennedy (John Marshall)
  • Foreign Activities of U.S. Taxpayers:  Robert Peroni (Texas)
  • Individual & Family Taxation and Pro Bono & Tax Clinics:  Stephen Black (Texas Tech), Keith Fogg (Villanova), Francine Lipman (UNLV), Beth Lyon (Villanova), David Rice (California Polytechnic), Kathryn Sedo (Minnesota), Carlton Smith (Cardozo)
  • Sales, Exchanges & Basis:  Bradley Borden (Brooklyn), Erik Jensen (Case Western), Steve Johnson (Florida State), Chris Pietruszkiewicz (Stetson)
  • Standards of Tax Practice and Tax Practice Management:  Patricia Cain (Santa Clara), Linda Galler (Hofstra), Michael Lang (Chapman), David Rice (California Polytechnic)
  • Teaching Taxation:  Adam Chodorow (Arizona State), Elaine Hightower Gagliardi (Montana), Tracy Kaye (Seton Hall), Roberta Mann (Oregon), Henry Ordower (St. Louis), Martin McMahon (Florida), Ira Shepard (Houston)

January 27, 2013 in ABA Tax Section, Conferences, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

ABA Tax Section Publishes Fall 2012 Issue of News Quarterly

ABA 2The ABA Tax Section has published 32 News Quarterly No. 1 (Fall 2012):

December 5, 2012 in ABA Tax Section, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Tax Lawyer Publishes New Issue

Tax Lawyer The Tax Lawyer has published Vol. 65, No. 3 (Spring 2012):

October 15, 2012 in ABA Tax Section, Scholarship, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

ABA Tax Section Seeks Nominations for Janet R. Spragens Pro Bono Award

ABA Tax Section The ABA Tax Section is soliciting nominations for the 2013 Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award. This award was established in 2002 to recognize one or more individuals or law firms for outstanding and sustained achievements in pro bono activities in the tax law. In 2007 the award was renamed in honor of the late Janet R. Spragens, who received the award in 2006 in recognition of her dedication to the development of low income taxpayer clinics throughout the United States. The selection criteria are here. Please submit nominations to Laura Newland by October 29, 2012.

October 13, 2012 in ABA Tax Section, Legal Education, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, October 5, 2012

ABA Tax Section Publishes Summer 2012 Issue of News Quarterly

ABA NQThe ABA Tax Section has published 31 News Quarterly No. 4 (Summer 2012):

October 5, 2012 in ABA Tax Section, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

ABA Tax Section Fall Meeting

ABA Tax SectionThe ABA Tax Section fall meeting concludes today in Boston. The full program is here. Tax Profs with speaking roles today include:

  • Civil & Criminal Tax Penalties: Flaws in the Façade: The Anti-Injunction Act After NFIB v. Sibelius and Cohen v. United States -- Steve Johnson (Florida State)
  • Pro Bono & Tax Clinics: Decisions and Rulings Impacting Low Income Taxpayers -- Keith Fogg (Villanova), Diana Leyden (Connecticut)
  • Sales, Exchanges & Basis: Current Non-Section 1031 Developments -- Erik M. Jensen (Case Western)
  • Sales, Exchanges & Basis: Is It Treated as a Sale? Something Else? – Part III: Issues Surrounding Tax Ownership of US Residential Mortgage Debt -- Bradley T. Borden (Brooklyn)
  • Sales, Exchanges & Basis: Professor Jensen Speaks His Mind on the Supreme Court’s Decision in National Federation -- Erik M. Jensen (Case Western)

September 15, 2012 in ABA Tax Section, Conferences, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)