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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):

November 21, 2013 in ABA Tax Section, Scholarship, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

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.

All Tax Analysts content is available through the LexisNexis® services.

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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May 11, 2013 in ABA Tax Section, Conferences, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

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):

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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):

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Monday, October 15, 2012

The Tax Lawyer Publishes New Issue

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

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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):

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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)

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Friday, September 14, 2012

ABA Tax Section Fall Meeting

ABA Tax SectionThe ABA Tax Section fall meeting continues today in Boston. The full program is here. Today's highlight is the Teaching Taxation program on Taxing Homeownership (Including Imputed Income): A Debate:

This program will consist of a Lincoln-Douglas-style debate between two opposing teams on the question of whether the tax incentives for homeownership should be repealed. The teams will focus on the taxation of imputed income from homeownership as well as the home mortgage interest deduction, the deduction for real property taxes, and section 121. Each side will have the opportunity to present its case and question the opposition. The audience will also be provided an opportunity to submit questions and to vote on a winner at the end of the debate.

  • Adam Chodorow (Arizona State) (Chair)
  • Anthony Infanti (Pittsburgh) (Moderator)
  • Neil Buchanan (George Washington)
  • Steve Johnson (Florida State)
  • Lily Kahng (Seattle)
  • Dennis Ventry Jr. (UC-Davis)

For more on the panel, see Neil Buchanan, Debating Housing Subsidies in the Tax Code -- Against Myself.

Other Tax Profs with speaking roles today include:

  • Exempt Organizations:  Election Year Issues for Exempt Organizations -- Ellen Aprill (Loyola-L.A.)
  • Individual & Family Taxation:  A Disabled Client and the Tax Code – Some Gems. What Every Tax Practitioner and Controversy Attorney Should Know In Order to Properly Represent Their Clients -- Keith Fogg (Villanova), David Rice (California Polytechnic State University)
  • Partnerships & LLCs:  Our Little Tea Party: Tax Reform and Its Legislative Outlook -- Stephen Shay (Harvard)
  • Publications:  Alice Abreu (Temple)
  • Tax Policy & Simplification:  Tax Platforms of the Presidential Candidates: Does it Make a Difference to Voters? -- Roberta Mann (Oregon), Andrea Louise Campbell (MIT), David Gamage (UC-Berkeley), Darien Shanske (UC-Hastings)
  • Tax Practice Management and Estate & Gift Taxes:  Paralegals: Everything You Need to Know About Using Them in Your Practice -- Michael Lang (Chapman)

September 14, 2012 in ABA Tax Section, Conferences, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

ABA Tax Section Fall Meeting

ABA Tax SectionThe ABA Tax Section fall meeting kicks off today in Boston. The full program is here

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Legal Aid Society Seeks to Sponsor ABA Tax Section Public Service Fellow

ABA Tax Section From the Legal Aid Society of New York:

The Legal Aid Society is interested in sponsoring an applicant for the ABA Section of Taxation Public Service Fellowship. The fellow would work with our Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) to advocate for low-income taxpayers before the IRS and New York State Department of Taxation and Finance with respect to income tax issues, including but not limited to issues arising in connection with the Affordable Care Act health insurance premium and credit, other refundable credits, collection alternatives, misclassified employees, innocent spouse relief, and identity theft. Individuals who will receive their J.D. or L.L.M. in 2013, or recent graduates with experience in tax law are encouraged to apply. The Legal Aid Society’s LITC has provided assistance to thousands of low-income taxpayers since 2001 and works with other advocates in The Legal Aid Society and throughout New York City to address tax issues which affect low income New Yorkers. ...

Application by email is required and ... must be submitted by September 10, 2012. ... Email a resume and cover letter, fellowship proposal, law school transcript, list of references and writing sample. ... In the subject line of the email, please write “Tax Fellowship”.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Tax Lawyer Publishes New Issue

Tax Lawyer The Tax Lawyer has published Vol. 65, No. 2 (Winter 2012):

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

ABA Tax Section Seeks to Hire Pro Bono Staff Counsel

ABA Tax Section Logo (2012)The ABA Tax Section is seeking to fill the position of Pro Bono Staff Counsel:

Hiring range: $68,900- $76,900

Manages and oversees pro bono projects of the Section of Taxation which includes Adopt-a-Base Military VITA (Volunteer Income Taxpayer Assistance), Calendar Call program with the U.S. Tax Court and other outreach programs to low income taxpayers. Also acts as staff liaison to Committee on Low Income Taxpayers and Pro Bono. Includes legal writing, research, public policy development and public speaking.

Education:  Doctoral Degree (JD, PhD)

Experience:  JD and admission to the bar in at least one jurisdiction. At least 4 years working in relevant specialized area of law. High level of skills at legal writing and research, oral and written communications, and organizational skill. Substantial experience in policy analysis.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Fall 2012 Law Review Article Submission Guide

Nancy Levit (UMKC) & Allen Rostron (UMKC) have updated their incredibly useful document, which contains two charts for the Fall 2012 submission season covering 202 law reviews.

The first chart (pp. 1-52) contains information gathered from the journals’ websites on:

  • Methods for submitting an article (such as by e-mail, ExpressO, or regular mail)
  • Any special formatting requirements
  • How to request an expedited review
  • How to withdraw an article after it has been accepted for publication elsewhere

The second chart (pp. 53-59) contains the ranking of the law reviews and their schools under six measures:

  • U.S. News: Overall Rank
  • U.S. News: Peer Reputation Rating
  • U.S. News: Judge/Lawyer Reputation Rating
  • Washington & Lee Citation Ranking
  • Washington & Lee Impact Factor
  • Washington & Lee Combined Rating

They also have posted a list of links to the submissions information on each law journal’s website.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Tax Lawyer Publishes New Issue

Tax Lawyer The Tax Lawyer has published Vol. 65, No. 1 (Fall 2011):

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Friday, June 15, 2012

2012 Tannenwald Tax Writing Competition

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For students who wrote tax seminar papers last semester:  the Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and American College of Tax Counsel are sponsoring the 2012 Tannenwald 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 2013 ABA Tax Section Mid-Year Meeting in Orlando, and publication in the Florida Tax Review
  • 2nd Place:  $2,500
  • 3rd Place:  $1,500

Deadline:  9:00 p.m. EST, July 3, 2012. 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.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Call for Papers: The Tax Lawyer -- The State & Local Tax Edition

The Tax LawyerFrom Brandee Tilman, Editor-in-Chief of the State and Local Tax edition of The Tax Lawyer (via Alice Abreu (Temple), incoming Vice Chair, Publication, for the ABA Tax Section):

We are pleased to announce a call for articles for the Summer 2013 Edition of the ABA's The Tax Lawyer - The State and Local Tax Edition (SALTE). The SALTE features legal scholarship devoted to state and local taxation and is distributed to the nearly 18,000 members of the ABA Tax Section as well as other subscribers. Though not limited to academic and/or tax policy articles, this publication provides an excellent venue for these types of articles, while simultaneously providing authors with a wide readership of state and local tax professionals.  

Articles submitted for publication should be at least 40 double-spaced pages (or 10,000 words) plus footnotes, and should be submitted no later than November 15, 2012. The SALTE is a peer-reviewed publication, and publication decisions will be made by the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor, both of whom are practicing tax lawyers.  Offers of publication will be issued within 30 days of  receipt of the submission.

To submit an article or if you have any questions or concerns, please email Brandee A. Tilman, Editor-in-Chief (effective 7/1/12), or Jeffrey Reed, Managing Editor (effective 7/1/12).

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Monday, June 11, 2012

ABA Tax Section Accepting Nominations for 2013-2015 Public Service Fellowships

ABA Tax Section The ABA Tax Section is accepting applications for Public Service Fellowships for 2013-2015:

Applications must be received by November 1, 2012 to be considered. Applicants selected for interviews will be invited to attend the Section’s meeting in on January 24-26, 2013, and asked to participate in interviews on January 26, 2013. ...

The Section will award up to two Fellowships for 2013-2015 to recent law school graduates or judicial clerks. Both LLM and JD candidates are eligible to apply. The proposed employment must involve taxation or administration of tax law and must be with a public-interest, non-profit section 501(c)(3) organization (the “Sponsoring Organization”). Each Fellow is expected to serve a two-year term with the Sponsoring Organization. The applicant must identify and secure a position with a Sponsoring Organization before applying for the Fellowship (although the position may be contingent upon award of the Fellowship). The application must be accompanied by a commitment letter from the Sponsoring Organization that describes the proposed employment with the Sponsoring Organization and explains why the Sponsoring Organization considers the applicant to be qualified to perform the work. The Sponsoring Organization must agree to hire the applicant, if the Fellowship is granted, and to fulfill all tax and other reporting obligations with respect to the amounts paid to the Fellow. The Sponsoring Organization must also describe how the applicant will be supervised. The Section does not expect to select an applicant unless the Sponsoring Organization has identified at least one attorney who will supervise the Fellow throughout the two-year period.

The Section provides an unrestricted grant to each Sponsoring Organization equal to the Fellow’s salary, payroll taxes, and benefits, which are formulated to be commensurate with judicial clerkship salaries. In addition, the Section will provide assistance with educational loans for those Fellows who are not covered by a law school low-income-protection plan. The amount of educational loan assistance a Fellow can expect will depend on the amount of debt, the type of loans, and whether the Fellow is eligible for assistance from any other loan-repayment or loan-assistance program. In general, the Section’s objective will be to provide funding sufficient to cover the interest accrued on the applicant’s educational loans during the two-year Fellowship period. The actual amount of the assistance provided will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may be subject to an overall limitation to be determined by the Section, in its sole discretion.

The Section will provide each Fellow with access to one or more mentors from the Section’s membership. The Section expects Fellows to join the Section and participate in Section activities during the Fellowship period. The Section will pay for, or waive, the Fellow’s ABA and Section dues for the duration of the Fellowship. Each Fellow will be expected to attend at least two of the three Section meetings per year. The Section will pay travel and meeting expenses associated with each meeting in accordance with ABA and Section reimbursement policies. The Fellows are encouraged strongly to participate in the activities of the Section’s public service oriented committees, such as the Pro Bono Committee and the Low Income Taxpayers Committee.

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Monday, June 4, 2012

ABA Tax Section Publishes Spring 2012 Issue of News Quarterly

ABA NQ CoverThe ABA Tax Section has published 31 News Quarterly No. 3 (Spring 2012):

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