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Section of Taxation: DIVERSITY COMMITTEE

Section of Taxation:

Message from the Chair

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 present programs on diverse areas of tax and (ii) to provide lawyers of color, women 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.

We hope that you will 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 volunteers for our projects! We 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 listserv or feel free to contact me.

In addition to the panels we have listed on the right, we are pleased to present the following co-sponsored panels at the upcoming May Meeting in Washington, DC:

Thursday, May 8, 2014

- Nuts & Bolts Series: International Tax Enforcement: FBARs, FATCA, and more (co-sponsored with Tax Bridge to Practice)

- Nuts & Bolts Series: Trying Cases Before the Tax Court (co-sponsored with Tax Bridge to Practice)

- Nuts & Bolts Series: The Affordable Care Act and Employer Shared Responsibility Penalty (co-sponsored with Tax Bridge to Practice)

Friday, May 9, 2014

- Aftershave: Multistate Tax Compact Election Litigation Sweeps the Nation (co-sponsored with State and Local Taxes)

- Freeing the Tax Teacher Within: The Zen of Being an Adjunct (co-sponsored with Teaching Taxation)

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 at the May Meeting in Washington, DC!

-Cathy Fung, Chair

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Chair:  Cathy Fung

Vice-Chair:  Audrey Kucia

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2014 May Meeting

Committee Events
Diversity Luncheon
May 9, 2014

Join us for lunch at the Diversity Luncheon!

First Time on the Bench: Perspectives from Tax Court Judges
May 9, 2014

A panel of Tax Court judges will discuss their first experiences as a Tax Court judge and how their experiences on the bench have changed over the years. The panelists will share how their careers prepared them for the bench and what they have learned about the profession during their time as a Tax Court judge.

Moderator: Dianne C. Mehany, Caplin & Drysdale, Washington, DC
Panelists: The Honorable Mary Ann Cohen, Judge, United States Tax Court, Washington, DC; The Honorable Elizabeth Crewson Paris, Judge, United States Tax Court, Washington, DC (invited); TBD

Military Stories: Tax and Legal Issues for Military Families
May 9, 2014
In their service to the United States, members of the military and their families face a myriad of tax and legal issues. Military families are among the most mobile in the global workforce. The panelists will discuss how residency, domicile, and combat zone service can impact income, estate and inheritance taxes for service members and their spouses.

Moderator: Milne Young, Howard University Law School, Washington, DC
Panelists: LTC Susan E. Mitchell, Deputy Chief, Legal Assistance Policy Division, Office of the Army Judge Advocate General; Washington, DC; Anson H. Asbury, Asbury Law Firm, Atlanta, GA; Joseph B. Judkins, Baker McKenzie, Washington, DC

Co-sponsored by: Hispanic National Bar Association Tax Section

Loyalty, Care, and Prudence: Conflicts of Interest and Fiduciary Duties
May 9, 2014
Attorney client and fiduciary relationships are fundamentally relationships of trust. Requirements of good faith and other obligations are important for tax attorneys with domestic and transnational practices. Our expectations for loyalty, care, and prudence in our legal and financial professionals have been reexamined in the wake of the global financial crisis. This panel will review the rules of professional responsibility, conflicts of interest, and fiduciary duty under the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and Circular 230. The panelists will also discuss how other agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Department of Labor (DOL) address fiduciary responsibilities and the standard of care.

Moderator: Audrey Kucia, Tax Law Specialist, TE/GE Employee Plans, IRS,Washington, DC (invited)
Panelists: O.A. Ishmael, EY, Chicago, IL; Venessa Vargas, Grant Thornton, Los Angeles, CA; Jaime Vasquez, Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry, San Antonio, TX

Co-sponsored by: Hispanic National Bar Association Tax Section



Midyear Meeting 2014 Phoenix

Modified by Cathy Fung on March 25, 2014

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