Paul L. Caron

Thursday, May 26, 2011

President Obama Nominates Kathleen Kerrigan, Al Lauber to Tax Court

White House press release:

President Obama announced today his intent to nominate Kathleen Kerrigan and Albert Lauber as Judges to the United States Tax Court. ...

Kathleen Kerrigan
Kathleen Kerrigan serves as tax and Social Security counsel for the majority staff of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. She is also the staff director for the Finance Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy. Previously, Ms. Kerrigan was a Partner at Baker and Hostetler LLP, working in the government affairs practice group. Before arriving at Baker and Hostetler, Ms. Kerrigan served as legislative director for Congressman Richard E. Neal. Ms. Kerrigan earned a B.S. from Boston College and a J.D. from Notre Dame.

Albert Lauber
Lauber Albert Lauber is the Director of the Graduate Tax and Securities Programs and a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown Law School. Previously, Mr. Lauber spent 17 years as a partner in Caplin & Drysdale, a Washington D.C. tax firm. There, he specialized in tax litigation at the trial and appellate levels, tax procedure, taxation of non-profit organizations, state and local taxation, and constitutional law. From 1983 to 1988, he served in the U.S. Department of Justice as Deputy Solicitor General and previously as Tax Assistant to the Solicitor General. He was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun, and Judge Malcolm R. Wilkey, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He received a B.A. and a J.D. from Yale University and Master’s degrees from Clare College and Cambridge University.

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Just coincidence that President Obama is in Ireland the day that the White House announces the nomination of Kerrigan, who is identified by Legistorm as a tax counsel and legislative assistant for Sen. John Kerry.

Posted by: Bob | May 26, 2011 9:05:17 AM

Obviously a nefarious conspiracy.

Posted by: George W | May 26, 2011 9:58:22 AM

Hey, if she wants to deal with collection due process cases (6320, 6330), innocent spouse cases (6015), protestors (6673), and dependency exemption, earned income credit and head of household status cases, penalty cases (failure to file, accuracy penalty, fraud) along with traveling back and forth around the country to hear all this super interesting stuff like the work she does as tax counsel to a Senator I say power to her!

I bet she has no idea what she is getting herself into. This is not the hey-day of deficiency litigation. This is a 75% plus pro se docket. There are so many senior judges I don't know how they will find enough for every judge.

Be sure to sign up for frequent flyer numbers, car rental numbers, hotel numbers and be loyal to your brand. All that travel racks up a lot of miles and points. (try for west coast sessions for extra FF miles; or Baltimore, Philly, and the 3 different NYC sessions for Vice Presidential Amtrak points).

It's good to be the Judge. But what kingdom do you reign over?

Posted by: tax guy | May 26, 2011 6:11:08 PM

If Kathleen Kerrigan was a tax counsel for John Kerry, was she the one who told him how to dodge the sales and excise taxes on his $7 million yacht? (There has been no confirmation that he has paid those taxes despite his promise of a year ago.)

Posted by: Woody | May 27, 2011 8:40:35 AM