II. PEER RECOGNITION; NO GREATER HONOR
There is no greater honor for a professional than to be recognized by his/her peers.
There is no professional group for whom I have greater respect, admiration and affection – or from whom that recognition would mean more -- than the members of this committee.
"Iron Men/Wooden Ships"
Second only to my decision (a light-year, nearly 50 years - - ago), to apply for a trial attorney slot in the Tax Division, among the most important professional decisions that I’ve made, 3 were to: (1) Join this Committee; (2) Teach in D.U.’s Graduate Tax Program; and, (3) Hire Mary.
Clearly, of the 3, hiring Mary – 30 years ago -- was the most important. Without her nothing would have been possible.
But, joining this Committee was a close second.
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IV. JERRY [FEFFER]
But, I could not possibly accept this award without acknowledging and crediting the one person, who, for me – and I suspect for many others in this room (including the 5 D.C. "tax Divas") – provided ongoing inspiration, support, and encouragement in Jules’ image.