Saturday, October 1, 2016

Jim Lyons' Death 9/29/16 (10/1/16)

Tax Prof Blog reports here this morning that former DOJ Tax Civil Trial Attorney, Jim Lyons, died.  I will update this post when I have more information.  In the meantime, the Tax Prof Blog links to this article in Roll Call: Senate Staffer Suffers Cardiac Arrest at Charity Basketball Game, here.  I will post more when I have it.

George Kelley's Death 9/23/16 (10/1/16)

George Kelley, career lawyer with DOJ Tax CES, died on September 23, 2016.  The Washington Post obituary is here.

The obituary discusses briefly his service with the Tax Division, his family and the mass and visitation.

Most of the readers who knew George will know his DOJ Tax career trajectory, but perhaps new information is his service as a "special agent for the Department of Treasury" and his service with the National Guard rising to "Battalion Commander of the 105 mm Field Artillery."

Friday, September 16, 2016

DOJ Tax CES Attorney Appointed as Clerk for Justice Thomas (9/16/16)

Kathryn Kimball, reported in the article to work with DOJ Tax as a criminal prosecutor, has been appointed a clerk for Justice Thomas.  Paige Fry, UF alumna makes history as first Supreme Court clerk from Levin (Florida Alligator 9/15/16), here.  She is a University of Florida Levin College of Law alumna.

The article reports that she will continue working with DOJ Tax CES until the clerkship begins.  This is quite an honor.  

I have not heard of a DOJ Tax attorney moving from a DOJ Tax position to a Supreme Court clerkship.

In any event, congratulations to Ms. Kimball.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Brian Ferrel's Death (8/17/16)

Brian Ferrel, a long-time DOJ Tax attorney (Trial Attorney, Assistant Chief & special counsel), died July 21, 2016.  The Washington Post Obituary is here.  From the obituary:
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, August 19, 2016 at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Potomac, MD. A memorial service and burial are also planned at the Mariner Sands Chapel in the fall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ( More information is available at

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Academic Opportunity of Potential Interest to DOJ Tax Attorneys or Alumni (8/16/16)

I was asked to post this opportunity on the DOJ Tax Alumni blog.  I would appreciate readers considering this opportunity and passing it on to others who might be interest.
The University of Richmond School of Law seeks to fill two entry-level tenure-track positions for the 2017-2018 academic year, including one in tax law.  Candidates should have outstanding academic credentials and show superb promise for top-notch scholarship and teaching.  The University of Richmond, an equal opportunity employer, is committed to developing a diverse workforce and student body and to supporting an inclusive campus community.  Applications from candidates who will contribute to these goals are strongly encouraged.   
Inquiries and requests for additional information may be directed to Professor Jessica Erickson, Chair of Faculty Appointments, at  

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Another Sumner Redstone Article (8/4/16)

Gabe Friedman, Viacom Drama’s Cast of Lawyers (Bloomberg Law 8/3/16), here.
Sumner Redstone: Built a $40 billion media empire, that includes Viacom, which owns MTV and Nickelodeon and also Paramount Pictures and CBS Corp. In 1947, Redstone graduated Harvard Law School and started his career as an appellate lawyer in the tax division of the U.S. Department of Justice. 
“When I got out of law school, I was offered jobs at several major Wall Street firms … I was not interested in either making a lot of money or limiting myself to academics,” Redstone wrote in his 2001 biography, A Passion to Win. 
Instead, he travelled the country and argued 50 or 60 appellate cases at the DOJ, according to the biography.
The link to purchase on Amazon is here.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Fred Ugast Died on 4/6/12 (4/13/16)

Fred Ugast died on 4/6/12.  His Washington Post Obituary is here.  The portion related to his Tax Division work is:
Judge Ugast began his legal career at the U.S. Department of Justice as a trial attorney in the Lands Division, follow by leadership roles in various sections of the Tax Division. In 1969, he became the Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Tax Division. During his 23-year career at the Department of Justice, he received the Department of Justice Sustained Superior Performance Award in 1961 and the Attorney General''s Award for Exceptional Service in 1971.
But, the rest of the obituary is worth reading, for he led a very full life outside the Tax Division.