Monday, April 16, 2018

DOJ Alumni Statement to Support Mueller and Rosenstein (4/16/18)

A DOJ Tax Alum advised that there is a web page where DOJ Alumni can join to indicate support for Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein (a DOJ Tax Alum).

The statement is here and has a link to sign up.

There is a related article on Above the Law, here.

JAT Note:  I am not advocating that DOJ Tax Alumni should sign up.  Rather, I just wanted to inform as to the opportunity.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Chris Pietruszkiewicz Named President of University of Evansville (3/31/18)

Chris Pietruszkiewicz has been named President of the University of Evansville.  See the News release here.  Per the release:
Prior to entering academia, Pietruszkiewicz served as a trial attorney in the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice from 1997 to 2001, receiving the Outstanding Attorney Award in 2000.
Prior to this appointment, Pietruszkiewicz served as dean and professor of law at Stetson University College of Law for six years.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

President Trump to Nominate Mike Desmond as IRS Chief Counsel (3/3/18)

President Trump To Name Michael Desmond IRS Chief Counsel (TaxProf Blog 3/3/18), here.  Excerpt:
After serving as a law clerk for a Federal judge in Los Angeles, Mike began his career in tax controversy as a Trial Attorney with the Attorney General’s Honors Program at the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. 
A great choice.  Congratulations Mike.

I am confident that Mike will serve with competence, honor and integrity.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Harvard Law Professor Frank E.A. Sander Dies (3/1/18)

Harvard Law Today announced here the death of Frank E.A. Sander, former Harvard Law Professor.  Professor Sander was quite accomplished. His Wikipedia page is here.  The Wikipedia page indicates that he served in the Tax Division from 1954-1956.  He later turned his attention later to alternative dispute resolution.

Here is the part from Harvard Law Today about the Tax Division after he concluded his clerkship with Justice Frankfurter:
Before joining the Harvard Law faculty, he worked briefly in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and as an attorney at Hill & Barlow in Boston.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Death of Charlotte P. Armstrong (1/13/18)

This obituary, here, was posted on Charlotte P. Armstrong.  Excerpts are:
Charlotte Pierce Armstrong, 90, born March 13, 1927, passed away peacefully  Dec. 8, 2017, at Quarry Hill, where she resided for the past four years. She was a distinguished attorney, adviser on corporate governance, committed philanthropist, and dedicated to academia and women in the workforce. 
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In 1953, she received her law degree from Harvard University, in the first class to admit women to the Law School. 
Mrs. Armstrong spent her early career in Washington, D.C., where she served as a trial attorney in the tax division of the U.S Department of Justice. She continued her career at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City. She then became an attorney at the Law Offices of Joseph E. Bachelder, where she handled senior-level employment, compensation arrangements, and claims of business, securities and tax laws of senior executive compensation. Subsequently, Mrs. Armstrong worked at KPMG, LLP as director of practice development and technical resources for the human resources consulting group. She also served as assistant vice president at The Equitable Life Assurance Society. Mrs. Armstrong later became a senior consultant with the Ross Companies and ended her prominent career as senior managing director with the Brock Capital Group LLC in New York City.

Friday, December 8, 2017

WAPO Article on Harriet Fridkin (12/8/'17)

This is a powerful article about Jerry Fridkin's wife, Harriet and her loyal friends.  Allison Klein, This sick woman’s friends have kept their promise to visit her every day — for 21 years and counting (WAPO 12/7/17), here.

From the opening:
It’s been 40 years since Harriet Fridkin has had full use of her body. Multiple Sclerosis slowly has seized her, leaving her unable to move any part of herself except her head. So, five nights a week in her Potomac, Md. home, Fridkin, 75, plays gracious host to her friends. They arrive to visit, always on schedule, sometimes to give her a therapeutic massage, sometimes to feed her, sometimes to unload about their day and get her time-tested advice for an hour or two. 
It’s been this way for 21 years. 
“I like to talk to people,” said Fridkin, her voice softer than it used to be. “If people have problems I like to help solve them.” 
Her friends, who have called themselves “Harriet’s Harem” since 1996, have created a support group remarkable in its loyalty and longevity. A calendar goes out once a month, each day is assigned to a friend, and there’s never a day that’s left open.
There's also a picture of Harriet and Jerry on their wedding day.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Boente Resigns as USA for ED VA (10/27/17)

A Washington Post Article reports that Dana Boente has resigned as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia but will serve until his successor is confirmed.  Rachel Weiner, Dana Boente announces resignation as U.S. attorney for Eastern District of Virginia (WAPO 10/27/17), here.

Some excerpts:
Boente, a 33-year veteran of the Justice Department, was tapped earlier this year to serve as acting attorney general after Sally Yates was fired. He went on to serve as acting deputy attorney general. 
He is serving as acting assistant attorney general of the National Security Division and will remain in that post until John C. Demers, an attorney for Boeing who worked at the Justice Department under President George W. Bush, is confirmed. 
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A native of Illinois, Boente is known for his mild manner and intense devotion to his work. He is in the office most weekends and tends to eat a microwaved lunch at his desk.
“Dana is an incredibly hard-working prosecutor who has dedicated his career to this district,” said Geremy Kamens, the federal public defender for Alexandria. “He’s been an able and professional leader at the U.S. attorney’s office, and he’ll be missed.” 
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Boente previously worked in the tax division and as an interim attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia and the Eastern District of Louisiana.