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. 
* * * * 
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. 
* * * * 
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.” 
* * * * 
Boente previously worked in the tax division and as an interim attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia and the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Grover Hartt III Death (8/18/17; 8/22/17)

A DOJ Tax person forwarded me an email from David Hubbert to DOJ Tax personnel on Grover Hartt's passing on August 14, 2017.

A public memorial service will be held in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 2:00pm, with a reception from 3-5pm.  Both events will be at Sparkman-Hillcrest, 7405 Northwest Highway, Dallas.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, to the SPCA of Texas, or the charity of your choice.

The online obituary at Sparkman Hillcrest is here, and the guestbook site for remembrances and condolences is here.

Hubbert's email was:
Yesterday, Grover Hartt, III, the Chief of the Southwestern Civil Trial Section, passed away unexpectedly.  The Tax Division mourns the loss of a great trial attorney, mentor, leader, and friend.  
Grover joined the Tax Division in 1983.  Since then Grover held positions as trial attorney, the Deputy Attorney in Charge of the Dallas Field Office, Assistant Chief in the Southwestern Civil Trial Section, Senior Litigation Counsel, and finally the Chief in the Southwestern Civil Trial Section.  Over the course of his Tax Division career, Grover profoundly influenced all of those who had the opportunity to work with him. 
Grover earned the respect and admiration of his colleagues in the Department of Justice through his decades of steadfast service in tax enforcement and administration.  Grover’s courtroom exploits included leading numerous trial teams that handled some of the nation’s most complex tax controversies involving billions of dollars.  Not only was Grover a gifted trial attorney, he was also a teacher and mentor.  For attorneys looking to learn, Grover shared his deep knowledge of tax law, bankruptcy practice, persuasive writing, and courtroom presentation.  And for those seeking to sharpen their courtroom skills, Grover put his attorneys in positions to succeed and offered them guidance on how to improve. 
Throughout his career, the Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service recognized Grover’s achievements as a trial attorney, instructor, and manager many times over.  In 2011, the President awarded Grover the Rank Award for Meritorious Service. The Attorney General awarded Grover the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, as well as the John Marshall Award for his leadership in guiding his trial team through a complex tax dispute to a favorable result.  The Tax Division conferred the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, Award for Managerial Excellence, and numerous Special Commendations and Outstanding Attorney Awards.  The IRS Office of Chief Counsel awarded him the IRS Mitchell Rogovin Award for Outstanding Support to the Office of Chief Counsel after a trial team lead by Grover obtained successful resolution in a complex, multi-party bankruptcy dispute.  In addition, the IRS frequently called upon Grover to speak at various trainings and programs conducted by the IRS Office of Chief Counsel.  Grover’s talent for teaching strategies in conducting depositions and settlement negotiations cemented a reputation not only as an outstanding legal advocate but a teacher as well.  
Grover’s significant contributions reached beyond his government service and included his leadership in several national and local legal associations.  Grover served in the American Bar Association’s Tax Section for over 20 years and chaired a subcommittee on bankruptcy litigation. Grover served as a counsel-member in the State Bar of Texas’ LGBT Law Section from 2012 to 2014.  Over several years, Grover served in multiple roles in the Dallas Bar Association’s Tax Section, which culminated in chairing the Section in 2009.  In addition to his leadership, Grover wrote several articles for bar journals, and authored two chapters in the Collier on Bankruptcy treatise. He was a Master in the Honorable John C. Ford American Inn of Court in Dallas.  In light of these contributions, and others, Grover was selected as the first government trial attorney to become a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy in 2002. He was listed in Who’s Who in American Law and selected as a “Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly
This brief recitation does not truly capture the consummate professional that Grover was and all that he achieved and contributed. He was a cherished colleague and friend. And he will be deeply missed by all of us.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Roger Thomasch Death (7/22/17)

Roger Thomasch died July 14, 2017.  His obituary is here.  My records show that he served in Refund 1 from 1970 to 1973.