American Bar Association
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 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 be 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 listserv 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 next year at the Midyear Meeting in Houston, TX!

-Cathy Fung, Chair

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Committee Events

Diversity Luncheon

September 19, 2014

Join us for lunch at the Diversity Luncheon!

Quote Me! How to Interact With the Tax Press

September 19, 2014

The panelists will offer an engaging and insightful discussion regarding practitioner interaction with tax press and the media. Based on former experiences as reporters editors for Tax Analysts and as Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service, the panel will present the do’s and don’ts of getting quoted, developing sources, dealing with editors, and the use of outside public relations firms.

Moderator: Jeremiah Coder, Greenberg Traurig, San Francisco, CA

Panelists: Donald Korb, Sullivan & Cromwell, Washington, DC; Shamik Trivedi, Grant Thornton, Washington, DC

Diverse Career Paths: Moving between Government and Private Practice

September 19, 2014
This roundtable discussion will focus on the diverse career paths of leading tax practitioners. The discussion will focus on moving between the government and diverse areas of private practice, including in-house, law firm, and accounting firm positions. Questions from the audience are encouraged to facilitate this roundtable discussion.

Moderator: Graham R. Green, Attorney, Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Financial Institutions & Products), IRS, Washington, DC

Panelists: Mark Smith, PwC, Washington, DC; Shawn P. Nowlan, Senior Attorney, Office of Associate Chief Counsel/Division Counsel (Tax Exempt/Government Entities), IRS, Denver, CO; Ann Cammack, EY, Washington, DC

Breaking Down Barriers into the Profession: Perspectives on Diversity & Professional Development

September 19, 2014
An effective diversity initiative should both open the doors for attorneys from different backgrounds and integrate those professionals into the existing culture within an organization. The panelists will discuss their professional experiences upon entry into the profession and provide their insights on how to effectively implement mentorship and other institutional programs to achieve these objectives.

Moderator: Megan L. Brackney, Kostelanetz & Fink LLP, New York, NY

Panelists: Professor Anthony C. Infanti, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA; Frank J. Jackson, DLA Piper, New York, NY; David M. Katinsky, Assistant Chief, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC

Section Events

Modified by Cathy Fung on September 21, 2014

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