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. 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.

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 Joint Fall CLE Meeting in Denver, CO!

-Cathy Fung, Chair

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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; The Honorable Joseph W. Nega, Judge, United States Tax Court, Washington, DC.

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, Pro Bono and Tax Clinics, ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

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

Sub Committee Events

    2014 Joint Fall CLE Meeting

    Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel

    Denver, CO welcomes the ABA Section of Taxation and the Trust and Estate Law Division of the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law to the 2014 Joint Fall CLE Meeting, September 18-20, 2014!Join us and take advantage of the opportunity to meet with the countrys leading attorneys and government ...

    25th Annual Philadelphia Tax Conference

    Union League of Philadelphia

    The conference is designed for business tax professionals both in-house professionals and outside advisors. Nationally recognized speakers from the government and the private sector will address the latest federal, state, and international developments and planning opportunities. CPE and CLE credit ...

Modified by Cathy Fung on July 29, 2014

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