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For Immediate Release:
April 22, 2003
Contact: Maureen Collins
(202) 662-8648 / mcollins2@staff.abanet.org


WASHINGTON, DC—The American Bar Association Section of Taxation announced today that it will award its 2003 Distinguished Service Award to New York lawyer M. Bernard Aidinoff in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the tax system and tax education in this country. The award will be presented during the Section’s 2003 May Meeting at a luncheon on Saturday, May 10, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C.

“Throughout a career spanning more than a half-century, Bernie Aidinoff’s dedication to the profession, to the betterment of our nation’s tax system, and to a variety of community and charitable activities has been truly extraordinary,” said Herbert N. Beller, chair of the Section of Taxation. “We are proud to honor him with this award.”

Aidinoff, a retired partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, served as chair of the Section of Taxation from 1982–83. In addition, Aidinoff chaired the ABA Commission on Taxpayer Compliance, served as consultant for the American Law Institute Federal Income Tax Projects, served two terms on the Advisory Committee to the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, and chairs the American Law Institute Tax Program Committee.

Prior to joining Sullivan & Cromwell in 1956, Aidinoff served as a law clerk to Judge Learned Hand of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He was a partner of Sullivan & Cromwell from 1963 through 1996. He serves as a director of American International Group, Inc., and the Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund.

Aidinoff received the Judge John Minor Wisdom Award in 1995 from the American Law Institute and the Judge Learned Hand Award in 1997 from the American Jewish Committee. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He also is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

For more information about the Section of Taxation’s May Meeting, including a complete list of all programs and meetings, visit the Section of Taxation 2003 May Meeting website.

The American Bar Association Section of Taxation is the national voice of tax lawyers with approximately 20,000 lawyers nationwide. Its goals include helping taxpayers better understand their rights and obligations under the tax laws and working to make the tax system fairer, simpler and easier to administer.

The American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. With more than 410,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.


Editor’s note: Reporters are welcome to attend any or all sessions at the 2003 May Meeting for free. For further information or to arrange for press credentials contact Maureen Collins at 202/662-8648.

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