Section of Taxation:
Pro Bono Committee
PRO BONO MATTERS!
Vice Chairs Catherine B. Engell (DLA Piper LLP, NY, NY) and Brian David Yacker (YH Advisors, Huntington Beach, CA) join me in welcoming you to the Pro Bono Committee Website!
As the Chair of the Pro Bono Committee I am hopeful that we can make this website "the go to link" for all of your tax Pro Bono matters, concerns, issues, thoughts, dreams and goals. Toward that goal I hope you will send any and all of your relevant materials to me for posting and broad distribution.
As you know the ABA - Section of Taxation is over 20,000 strong!! Therefore, we have an amazing network of deep and broad resources that can make a difference in the lives of everyday people across America. I have volunteered to serve in this role, because I know that it is an enormous privilege and pleasure to give to others especially something as extraordinary as our tax training and skills. As a law professor I bear witness almost every day to the steep learning curve and complexity inherent in our tax systems. This committee is a bridge between the haves and the have nots. I welcome and encourage your participation in any capacity. So please send me any and all of your suggestions, ideas, problems and solutions via email at Francine.Lipman@UNLV.edu
Francine J. Lipman
William S. Boyd Professor of Law
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada
|Pro Bono Committee Meeting |
May 12, 2012
Chair: Francine J. Lipman, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada (Professor of Law), Las Vegas, NV
10:30am- 11:45am. Pro Bono Matters: The Exploding Need for Pro Bono Services for Exempt Organizations. Tax-exempt organizations suffering routine budget cuts and funding shortages are in desperate need of pro bono legal assistance. Indeed, last year 385,000 nonprofits lost their tax-exempt status because they failed to file tax returns for three consecutive years. In her annual report to Congress, Nina Olson, highlighted the lack of notice as well as the onerous and slow reinstatement process making practical suggestions to mitigate these challenges. The New York Attorney General’s Office, through its Charities Bureau, has partnered with the New York Bar Association to form Charity Corps, an attempt to fill this gap so that these nonprofits can continue their excellent good work for our underserved communities. Moderator: Brian Yacker, YH Advisors, Huntington Beach, CA. Panelists: Nina E. Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate, Washington D.C.; Elizabeth Kingsley, Harmon, Curran, Spielberg & Eisenberg, Washington, D.C., Irina Tarsis, Charity Corps, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn, NY.
11:45am-Noon. Update On Pro Bono Matters. Panelists will discuss evolving committee matters including updates about volunteer legal service activities including a world premier screening of Tax Fellow Biographical videos filmed by Cynthia Lepow, College of Law (Professor of Law), Loyola University, New Orleans. Moderator: Francine J. Lipman, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV. Panelists: Cynthia Lepow, College of Law (Professor of Law), Loyola University, New Orleans; Rachel Ney, American Bar Association Section of Taxation, Washington, D.C.
The Section thanks its members for their continued commitment to pro bono. The high level of dedication from individual members and firms is greatly appreciated.
For the last four years the Section has partnered with the military and IRS to bring free tax preparation services to our United States Armed Forces. Section of Taxation members in Washington, D.C.; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; Richmond, VA; and Baltimore, MD train military personnel to prepare tax returns on military bases.
In particular the Section would like to thank Erica Brady, Francine Lipman, Ronald Cluett, Joshua T. Brady, Michael Nicolini, Kevin Jacobs, Keith Sieverding, Keith Kost, Katy David, Heather Szajda, and William Hellams for their commitment to pro bono and to working with Military VITA.
Section member Caroline Ciraolo worked with her firm, Rosenberg | Martin | Greenberg LLP, to sponsor Ft. Meade. Associates and partners of the firm's tax practice will work to provide instruction on tax issues to military personnel. This is the first time a firm has committed to sponsor an entire base and the Section hopes that other firms will follow.
In addition, the Section is grateful to Section member Sheri Dillon and her firm, Bingham McCutchen LLP, for hosting the Low Income Taxpayer Workshop and reception on Monday, December 12 at their D.C. offices. Bingham hosted 100 low income taxpayer clinic practitioners from across the country to provide valuable training on representing their clients before the IRS.
Thank you to all Section members who generously commit their time to Pro Bono!
|Modified by Heather Wallace on July 16, 2012|