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For Immediate Release:
May 3, 2006
Contact: Anne Nicholas
(202) 662-8648 / nicholaa@staff.abanet.org


WASHINGTON, D.C., May 2, 2006 –The American Bar Association Section of Taxation today announced that its 2006 Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Martin D. Ginsburg, professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center and Of Counsel to the firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in Washington, D.C. The award will be presented during the Section’s 2006 May Meeting, at the plenary breakfast on May 5 in Washington, D.C.

The Distinguished Service Award was established in 1995 and is presented each year in recognition of a lawyer’s exceptional contributions to the tax system and tax bar. This year’s award honors Professor Ginsburg for his outstanding service to the legal profession, the tax system and tax education.

“Marty Ginsburg is an outstanding lawyer and law professor,” said Dennis B. Drapkin, chair of the Section of Taxation. “He exemplifies the best of both the practitioner and teaching professions, and has earned this distinction with grace, intelligence and a wonderful sense of humor.” A transcript of Professor Ginsburg’s acceptance remarks is available here: http://www.abanet.org/tax/awards/ginsburgremarks.pdf

A graduate of Cornell University, Ginsburg earned his law degree at Harvard, graduating magna cum laude. He began his career at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York, and was head of the firm’s tax practice prior to serving as Beekman Professor of Law at Columbia University Law School in 1979. In 1980 he moved to Washington, D.C. when his wife got a good job there, and joined the law faculty of Georgetown University and the tax department at Fried Frank. Ginsburg has also taught at New York University School of Law, as an adjunct professor from 1967-79 and visiting professor in 1993; Stanford Law School, visiting professor in 1978; the University of Leiden in Holland in 1982; the Salzburg Seminar in Austria, 1984; Harvard Law School, visiting professor in 1986; and the University of Chicago Law School, visiting professor in 1990. Ginsburg is co-author with Jack Levin of Mergers, Acquisitions, and Buyouts.

Ginsburg is an active member of the Section of Taxation, having served on its Council and as chair of its Committee on Simplification. He has also chaired the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association and the Committee on Taxation of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Ginsburg has been a member of the Advisory Group to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue and member of the Advisory Group to the Tax Division of the Department of Justice. A Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, Ginsburg is a frequent speaker at tax seminars, and author of many articles on corporate and partnership taxation and business acquisitions.

For more information about the Section of Taxation’s May Meeting, visit the Section of Taxation Web site, http://meetings.abanet.org/meeting/tax/may06.

The American Bar Association Section of Taxation is the national voice of tax lawyers with approximately 18,000 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.

With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understandingaround the world of the importance of the rule of law in a democratic society.


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 Editor's Note: Reporters are invited to cover any or all sessions of the May Meeting. Course materials are available upon request. To obtain press credentials or to make arrangements for electronic coverage of any sessions, or for more information, call Anne Nicholas at 202/662-8648, or e-mail nicholaa@staff.abanet.org.

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