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Section of Taxation: DIVERSITY COMMITTEE

Section of Taxation:

Who We Are

Welcome to the Diversity Committee website. The ABA Section of Taxation enthusiastically embraces the concept of diversity, and believes that diversity in our membership brings a variety of unique and valuable skills and perspectives to the Section and to its lawyer members. The primary goals of the Diversity Committee are (i) to provide lawyers of color, women lawyers, LGBT lawyers, young lawyers, lawyers with disabilities, and lawyers from diverse backgrounds with opportunities to become involved in the ABA Section of Taxation and in the leadership of the Diversity Committee and other ABA Section of Taxation committees and (ii) to present programs on diverse areas of tax. Diversity can be thought of in many different ways. Each person can bring a diverse perspective to any panel, whether it is with respect to ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, years of experience, geographic location, or professional background. We hope that you will consider adding your diverse prospective to our Committee. Please check here periodically to see the programs the Committee is working on and what we have planned for the next meeting. We welcome new members to the Committee and also encourage suggestions for programs! If you would like to be updated on the upcoming programs of the Diversity Committee, please join our committee and subscribe to our listserve or feel free to contact me. Please let me know if you have any ideas for panels or if you would like to participate on a panel! We hope that you will become involved in our Committee and look forward to seeing you September 29 - October 1 in Boston.

Committee Materials from Recent Meetings

Did you know thousands of pages of cutting-edge committee program materials are available to you as a Tax Section member? These documents contain analysis of the latest federal tax policy, initiatives, regulations, legislative forecasts, and planning ideas developed by the country's leading tax attorneys and government officials. Access these materials now.

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Cano, Jairo


Bae, Alfred
Villalobos, Lany

Committee Roster  


2017 May Meeting

Committee Events

Diversity Luncheon

May 12, 2017

Join us for lunch at the Diversity Luncheon!

Federal Tax Reform: Beyond Dollars and Cents

May 12, 2017

Federal tax reform was a key issue in the presidential campaign, and with the transition to the new administration, reform seems imminent. The House Republicans’ “A Better Way” Blueprint for tax reform promises “bold, pro-growth tax reform,” and in his first address before a joint session in Congress President Trump assured Americans his team was “developing historic tax reform”.

The panel broadens the discussion of federal tax reform beyond a purely economic perspective. The panel will discuss the theory that our federal tax system and the proposed tax reform policies have an expressive function, revealing who and what we value, the society we are now, and the society we strive to be. The panelists will explore this theory in the context of two federal tax proposals: a proposal allowing for a refundable tax credit for the purchase of qualified access technology for the blind and President Trump’s proposed child care benefits.

Moderator: Eunkyong Choi, Office of the Taxpayer Advocate, New York City Department of Finance, New York, NY.

Panelists: Professor Francine Lipman, University of Nevada William S. Boyd School of Law, Las Vegas, NV; Professor Anthony Infanti, University of Pittsburgh, School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA; Elaine Maag, Urban Institute, Washington, DC.

Tax and Social Policy: Delivering Social Benefits Through the Tax Code

September 30, 2016

This panel will discuss the role of the Tax Code in the delivery of social benefits to alleviate poverty in the United States. The panelists will evaluate the dual role of the Tax Code in collecting taxes and delivering social benefits, discuss the impact and limitations of the Earned Income Tax Credit and tax housing policies as anti poverty measures, and provide a sampling of Tax Court cases reflecting the application of these tax social policies on low income taxpayers.

Moderator: Lany L. Villalobos, US Tax Court, Washington, DC

Panelists: The Honorable Juan F. Vasquez, US Tax Court, Washington, DC; Professor Alice Abreu, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, PA; Professor Francine Lipman, University of Nevada William S. Boyd School of Law, Las Vegas, NV; Professor Michelle Layser,
Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC

Tales from the Cutting Edge of Diversity

May 12, 2017

In this interactive panel, the panelists will discuss current diversity and inclusion issues that affect the legal process and they will explain how their employers are responding to those challenges with new and innovative diversity initiatives. This panel will provide opportunities for the audience and panelists to discuss innovative efforts to address emerging diversity issues.

Moderator: Graham R. Green, Associate, Eversheds Sutherland, Washington, DC

Panelists: Joshua R. Beck, Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of Systemic Advocacy, Taxpayer Advocate Service, Des Moines, Iowa; Stephen Peng, Senior Manager, EY, Washington, DC

IRS Notice 2017-15

May 12, 2017
4:00PM - 5:00PM

Transfers between husband and wife are generally excluded from the calculation of Federal estate and gift taxes. Prior to the Supreme Court decisions in United States v. Windsor, same-sex couples could not claim the exclusion for inter-marital transfers. Instead, they were required to reduce their lifetime exclusion amounts to account for those transfers. The IRS issued Notice 2017-15 to provide guidance and relief to those couples who were affected by the difference in treatment that existed prior to Windsor. This panel will discuss Notice 2017-15 in detail and provide insights on how the IRS intends to provide relief.   

September 29, 2016
Section Events

    Ethical Considerations for Government and Private Sector Tax Lawyers


    Ethical Considerations for Government and Private Sector Tax Lawyers Thursday, April 26, 2018, 1:00-2:30 Eastern This program focuses on the ethical issues confronted by public and private tax lawyers using illustrative hypothetical scenarios followed by robust discussion. Program topics include: ...

    2018 ABA Section of Taxation May Meeting

    Grand Hyatt Washington

    The best ideas evolve when great minds come together! Join the ABA Section of Taxation for the 2018 May Meeting, May 10-12 in Washington, DC. This meeting brings together the nations leading tax practitioners to discuss current issues, topics and legislation. This three-day meeting will give you the ...

    Tax Planning for Law Firms Under the 2017 Tax Act


    The recently enacted 2017 Tax Act will have a major impact on small and solely held businesses including business and professional services. The new law affects law firms since many of the new provisions change the taxation of small and closely held businesses and pass through entities, which would currently ...

Modified by Jairo Cano on March 27, 2017

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