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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Karen Hawkins Named Chair Of ABA Tax Section

HawkinsNews Release, Former IRS Official Karen L. Hawkins to Chair ABA Section of Taxation:

Karen L. Hawkins of Yachats, Ore., has been selected to chair the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation, the nation’s largest organization of tax lawyers. Hawkins will serve a one-year term, to be succeeded by Eric Solomon, of Washington, D.C., who will serve this year as chair-elect.

Hawkins served as the director of the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), where she oversaw the standards of practice for tax professionals. Prior to government service, she was a partner in the San Francisco law firm of Taggart & Hawkins PC, where she specialized in civil and criminal tax controversy. ...

Hawkins has held a number of prior leadership positions with the section. Prior to serving as last year’s chair-elect, she was selected as chair-elect in 2009, but resigned from the position in order to serve as director of OPR. She also served as vice chair of professional services (now continuing legal education) and as a member of the section’s council. Hawkins also was former chair of the IRS Liaison Meetings Committee, chair of the Committee on Civil and Criminal Tax Penalty’s Penalty Subcommittee, a member of the IRS Advisory Committee, and liaison to the Director of OPR.

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Karen is a great practitioner and a tremendous asset! Glad to hear of this!

Posted by: Orlando Gotay | Aug 31, 2017 11:16:42 PM

Karen was a primary inspiration to me at the beginning of my tax law career twenty years ago, as I have had the privilege of knowing her throughout these years. Her integrity and perseverance make her a role model for any aspiring tax attorney. I felt secure while she ran OPR knowing that fairness would prevail in overseeing tax practitioners.

Posted by: Tim Kelly | Sep 3, 2017 10:53:31 AM