New nomination for Tax Court judge

Friday, President Obama announced his nomination of Elizabeth Copeland, a partner at Strasburger & Price, as a judge on the United States Tax Court.  Elizabeth is very highly regarded within the tax community and will be an outstanding judge.  I’ve had the privilege to work with her in the State Bar of Texas Tax Section, where she demonstrated integrity, strong leadership, outstanding professionalism, and a deep commitment to service and to improving the administration of the tax system.

In addition to her incredible qualifications mentioned in the White House news release, I’ve always been particularly impressed by a couple of her achievements in the pro bono arena.  Elizabeth started a Tax Court Pro Bono program – where volunteer attorneys attend trial sessions of the Tax Court and provide advice and assistance to taxpayers who aren’t represented by counsel – for the State Bar of Texas Tax Section.  It was the first state-wide program of its kind.  She also received the American Bar Association Section of Taxation’s Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award in 2009.

Elizabeth is an outstanding choice and I look forward to her early confirmation.

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