Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Kathy Keneally Joins DLA Piper.

Former DOJ Tax AAG, Kathryn Keneally, will join DLA Piper.  See press release here.

Tom Frazier's Death (9/23/14)

Tom Frazier who was with the Tax Division from about 1958 through 1962 died on 9/12/14.  His obituary is here.

The obituary indicates that a "Celebration of his life will be held at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Washington, DC on November 30 at 2 p.m."

Monday, June 30, 2014

Jed M. Silversmith Joins Blank Rome (630/14)

From the press release at Philly.com, here.
Blank Rome L.L.P. has hired Jed M. Silversmith as of counsel in the white-collar defense and investigations group in the firm's Philadelphia office. He joins the firm from the Southern Criminal Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice's Tax Division, where he served as a trial attorney prosecuting criminal tax cases in federal courts throughout the United States. He also is a former trial attorney for the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Note that the picture beside this blurb is not Jed's.

Jed's Blank Rome bio and real picture is here.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Johnnie Walter's Death (6/26/14)

Johnnie Walters died Tuesday, 6/24/14.  Johnnie was formerly AAG Tax and, thereafter, Commissioner of Internal Revenue.  His big claim to fame was, as Commissioner, ignoring the Nixon White House insistence that the IRS use its powers to go after perceived enemies.

There will be several obituaries and I will link some of them.

Johnnie was a good man.

A little personal anecdote.  Johnnie came to NYU to interview students for positions at DOJ Tax.  I interviewed and arranged a date to come to DC for further interviews.  I showed up at Guy Tadlock's office, but was met wtih the question "Why are you here. We've already decided to make you the offer."  Of course, no one told me.  So, they let me wander the halls of Justice (you could do that in those days) and then leave without further ado.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

DOJ Tax AAG Kathy Keneally is Leaving DOJ Tax (5/27/14)

The DOJ Press release is here.

Kathy has been a dedicated public servant.  Some of her accomplishments are set forth in the press release, but I am also sure that she has touched and benefited the Tax Division in many other ways, large and small.

Our best wishes to Kathy.

The press release indicates that she will return to her home in New York.  I expect that she will return to private practice and serve clients with the same professionalism she exhibited in private practice and as AAG.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Law360 Article on Fran Allegra (5/19/14)

Law360 has printed this article on DOJ Tax Alum, Judge Fran Allegra of the Court of Federal Claims.  The Tenacious Technocrat: Judge Francis Allegra (Law360 5/13/14), here.  I won't try to excerpt or summarize the article.  It is relatively short, so I encourage alumni to read it.

I will say along the theme of the article that I assign my tax procedure students one of Judge Allegra's cases to read,  Principal Life Ins. Co. v. United States, 95 Fed. Cl. 786 (Fed. Cl. 2010), here.  See Principal Life -- A Masterpiece of Tax Procedure (Federal Tax Procedure Blog 11/29/13), here.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

DOJ Alumni Reunion Deferred (4/9/14)

Representatives of the DOJ Tax Division Alumni approached the Tax Division about the possibility of an alumni reunion contemporaneous with the ABA Tax Section May Meeting in DC this year.  We were unable to come to an agreement.  The Committee will continue to consider an alumni event in the, hopefully, not too distant future.

Jack Townsend