Tuesday, June 7, 2022

President Nominates Adair Ford Boroughs for United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina (6/7/22)

The announcement, dated 6/6/22, is in the list of nominees here:

Adair Ford Boroughs, United States Attorney Nominee for the District of South Carolina

Adair Ford Boroughs is a founding partner of Boroughs Bryant, LLC where she has practiced since 2021. From 2017 to 2019, she was the Executive Director of Charleston Legal Access. Ms. Boroughs served as a law clerk for Judge Richard M. Gergel on the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina from 2013 to 2017. She was previously a trial attorney in the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice from 2007 to 2013. Ms. Boroughs received her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2007 and B.S., summa cum laude, from Furman University in 2002.  

Saturday, June 4, 2022

President Nominates Richard K. Delmar to be Treasury Inspector General (6/4/22)

The announcement, dated 6/3/22, is in the list of nominees here:

Richard K. Delmar, Nominee for the Inspector General of the Department of the Treasury

Richard K. Delmar is the Deputy Inspector General of the Department of the Treasury. He has served as Acting Inspector General and as Counsel. Earlier in his career, Delmar served on active duty in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, as a trial attorney in the Department of Justice Tax Division, and as a tax litigator and criminal tax program manager with the Office of Chief Counsel at the Internal Revenue Service. Delmar is a graduate of Georgetown University, the New York University School of Law, and the Naval War College Off-Campus Graduate Program. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Death of Tom Troyer 5/20/22 (5/31/22)

Tom Troyer, a DOJ Tax alumnus, died on 5/20/22.  The Washington Post obituary is here.  Tom was a giant in the tax law as his obituary evidences.  The obituary indicates that he served in several important government posts but does not mention his Tax Division service specifically.  My database indicates that he served in the Court of Claims section from 1962 to 1964.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Death of Bruce Morton 5/1/22 (5/4/22)

Bruce Morton, an alumnus  of the Southern  Criminal Enforcement Section, passed away on 5/1/22.  The obituary appears on The Malone Report: RIP Bruce Morton, here, and on the funeral home site here.  From the Malone Report:

He specialized in tax law, receiving his L.L.M. from Georgetown Law. For nearly 25 years, he was a Trial Attorney in the United States Department of Justice’s Criminal Section of the Tax Division.

The Washington Post Obituary is here

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Lara Ewens Montecalvo nominated for 1st Circuit Judgeship (5/28/22)

President Biden nominated Lara Ewens Montecalvo to be a judge on the First Circuit Court of Appeals.  See White House announcement here.  The portion of the announcement applicable to here is (DOJ Tax portion bold-faced by JAT):

Lara E. Montecalvo is the Public Defender of Rhode Island, a role she has held since 2020. Ms. Montecalvo previously served as an assistant public defender in the Rhode Island Public Defender’s Office from 2004 to 2020. She held several roles in that office, including as Chief of the Appellate Division from 2014 to 2020, an appellate attorney from 2010 to 2014, and a trial attorney from 2004 to 2010. Ms. Montecalvo was a trial attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 2000 to 2004. Ms. Montecalvo received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Boston College Law School in 2000 and her B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1996.

 She was in the Civil Northern section.

Her Wikipedia page is here.

Her Vetting Room page is here.

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Death of Jack McCarthy 2/28/22 (2/5/22)

Jack McCarthy (long-time Chief of the General Litigation Section) passed away on 2/28/22.  His Washington Post obituary is here

On his DOJ service, the obit says:  “He was a litigator for the U.S. Department of Justice in a career that spanned 42 years and took him around the world.”  I am sure there are a lot of stories behind that statement.

Monday, February 14, 2022

Death of Tom Silk 1/25/22 (2/14/22)

Tom Silk (DOJ Tax Appellate 1964-1966 and Spec. Ass’t AAG 1966-1968) passed away on 1/25/22.  His obituary is here.  It is quite an extensive obituary with many accomplishments.  Here is the excerpt for the Tax Division service:

After graduating from UC Berkeley School of Law in 1963, practicing for four years at the U.S. Department of Justice's Tax Division where was appointed special assistant to the chief and received the highest award given by the Attorney General.

Friday, January 21, 2022

ABA Tax Section Loretta Collins Argrett Fellowship (1/21/22)

The ABA Tax Section has launched the Loretta Collins Argrett Fellowship.  The Fellowship “seeks to identify, engage, and infuse historically underrepresented individuals into the Tax Section, create a more accessible, equitable, and inclusive pathway into Tax Section leadership, support the expansion, diversification, and inclusiveness of the tax profession, and create a sense of belonging for members looking to become involved with the Section.”

The Tax Prof Blog offering on the Fellowship is here.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Death of John Wood 11/30/21 (12/l4/21)

John Wood (DOJ Tax Gen Lit 1969-1973) passed away on 11/30/21.  His obituary is here.  An excerpt from the obit:

His distinguished legal career began in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, an experience in which he developed many deep and lifelong friendships with his colleagues.

The obit has information about Visitation on 12/5/21, Funeral Mass on 12/6/21, and Interment on 12/6/21.

Monday, October 11, 2021

DOJ Tax Attorney, Jordan Howlette, In the News (10/11/21)

A Tax Division Attorney, Jordan Howlette (LinkedIn here), is mentioned prominently in this Thomson Reuters article:  Natalie Runyon, Meaningful Work: How the pursuit of fairness leads some lawyers to the DOJ, here.  Here are the relevant excerpts:

In reading the U.S. Department of Justice’s mission, it is hard not to get chills in digesting the magnitude of it. In particular, the parts about “defending the interests of the United States according to the law” and ensuring “fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans,” produce a resounding emotional response on its significance.

It is this very mission that inspires thousands of attorneys to join the department. Jordan Howlette and Jessica Massey are two of these lawyers.

The DOJ as a ‘beacon of hope’

Howlette pursued his dream of becoming a Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney, after serving in the military and taking the bar exam while deployed in Afghanistan. He says that he viewed the agency as a “beacon of hope, in that the agency served as a bulwark against those seeking to harm others and a staunch defender of our civil liberties.”

Now, working on the civil side of the tax division as the litigating arm of the Internal Revenue Service, Howlette says he finds meaning each day because he gets to pursue justice through prosecutions by “seeking injunctions against dishonest tax return preparers who promoted fraudulent tax schemes and arrangements.” Many victims are from low-income backgrounds and are usually people of color, and Howlette says he finds this aspect of his work in particular, meaningful as an attorney of color himself.

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