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.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Nicole Elliott joins Holland & Knight in DC (3/11/16)

Nicole Elliott, a DOJ Tax Alum, has joined Holland & Knight as a partner in the Public Policy & Regulation Group in Washington, D.C.  The announcement is here. After leaving DOJ Tax, she served with the IRS as  senior advisor for the Affordable Care Act.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Dana Boente Appointed to AG's Advisory Committee (2/1/16)

DOJ announced here:
Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced today the appointment of U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente of the Eastern District of Virginia to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC), effective Feb. 1, 2016. 
“Dana Boente embodies the vision and leadership we need to empower our communities and strengthen our nation, and I am pleased to welcome him to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee,” said Attorney General Lynch.  “Throughout his career – as a Trial Attorney in the Department of Justice’s Tax Division, as a federal prosecutor dedicated to rooting out fraud, and as a U.S. Attorney in Louisiana and Virginia – he has demonstrated his perseverance, his dedication and his wisdom.  I have no doubt that he will be an outstanding addition to the Committee, and I look forward to receiving the benefit of his experience as we continue to work towards a safer, more just future for all Americans.”

Jim Bath's Death on 1/19/16 (2/1/16)

James (Jim) Bath, a long time DOJ Tax administrative employee died on 1/19/16.  HIs obituary is here.  The biography is here.  The guestbook is here.  Visitation and services were last weekend.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Dan Dinan's Death on 12/22/15 (1/3/16)

Daniel James ("Dan") Dinan died on 12/22/15.  The Washington Post Obituary is here, and Murphy Funeral Homes, here.  Excerpts:
He served as a trial attorney with the Tax Division of the Department of Justice from to 1970, and was an Assistant Chief of the Civil Trial Section of the Department of Justice Tax Division from 1970 to 1979. He also taught trial practice and techniques, evidence, and civil procedure at the Attorney General''s Advocacy Institute from 1977 to 1979. He was appointed as a Special Trial Judge on the United States Tax Court on February 4, 1979. He retired from the Court on August 3, 2003.
Memorial Visitation
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Murphy Funeral Home
4510 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22203

Memorial Mass 
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
11 a.m.
St. Ann''s Catholic Church
5300 North 10th Street
Arlington, Virginia 22205.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

A copy of his Mass Program is here.  (Jim Malone and I traveled from Charlottesville to the Mass and had the good fortune to see a number of alumni there, as well as meet members of Dan's family.)

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

John Nolet's Death on December 12 (12/15/15)

I received an email this morning from Robert Bruffy DOJ Tax, containing the following from an email to DOJ Tax personnel about the death of John Nolet, a DOJ Tax attorney:
It is with great sadness that I share with you the news of John Nolet’s passing on Saturday, December 12.  John was an attorney in the Appellate Section from 1992 until his death. Described by those who knew him well as a “true gentleman,” John will be missed by his friends and colleagues throughout the Tax Division. His professional and personal generosity, along with his quiet strength, will long be remembered.  Although the funeral will be in Massachusetts, there is a viewing tomorrow at the Stauffer Funeral Home in Mt. Airy, MD.  The obituary link below provides more details.  \\

The indicated visitation (from the linked site) is:  "The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at Stauffer Funeral Home, 8 E. Ridgeville Boulevard in Mt. Airy, MD."

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tax Division Alumnus in the Tax News (10/27/15)

Yesterday, the Tax Court decided the case of Estate of Redstone v. Commissioner, 145 T.C. No. 11 (2015), here.  I post the case here because an alumnus is a player in the drama in the case.  Here is the pertinent quote about his service with the Tax Division:
Sumner [Redstone] graduated from Harvard College in 1944 and Harvard Law School in 1947. He practiced law for several years, including a stint in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, before starting work in 1954 for the family business. 
Many of you will recall the name Sumner Redstone.  His Wikipedia entry is here.

The following footnote also appears in the decision:
   n2  Sumner is the petitioner in a companion case, Redstone v. Commissioner, T.C. Dkt. No. 8097-13 (filed Apr. 10, 2013). That case has not been consolidated with the instant case. While the cases share a common factual background, they present different issues.