Request for Nominations
The Section of Taxation Pro Bono Award Committee is seeking nominations for the 2016 Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award. This award was established in 2002 to recognize one or more individuals or law firms for outstanding and sustained achievements in pro bono activities in tax law. In 2007 the award was renamed in honor of the late Janet Spragens, who received the award in 2006 in recognition of her dedication to the development of low income taxpayer clinics throughout the United States.
The criteria for selection of an individual recipient of the award are that (i) the individual be a tax lawyer, whether living or deceased; (ii) the individual is or was a member of the Section of Taxation; and (iii) the individual has, through years of service, demonstrated an ongoing commitment to pro bono activities, particularly in the area of Federal and state taxation.
The criteria for selection of a law firm recipient are that (i) the law firm includes members of the Section of Taxation; and (ii) the law firm has, through years of service of its attorneys, demonstrated an ongoing commitment to pro bono activities, particularly in the area of Federal and state taxation.
Nominations should include a brief statement addressing how the nominee satisfies the above criteria and must be submitted by Friday, November 20, 2015, to Derek B. Wagner at Derek.Wagner@americanbar.org. All nominations will be maintained in confidence by the Pro Bono Award Committee.
2015 Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award Winner
The Section of Taxation is pleased to announce the 2015 Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award recipient, Professor T. Keith Fogg.
Keith is Professor of Law and Director of the Federal Tax Clinic at Villanova University School of Law. Keith’s commitment to helping low income taxpayers has been exceptional. As Director of the Federal Tax Clinic at Villanova, Keith dedicates substantial time and effort to training and mentoring a new generation of volunteers. His research and writing on issues of importance to low-income taxpayers has been instrumental in identifying systemic problems in the tax system and advocating for change.
He serves as editor of the latest edition of Effectively Representing Your Client Before the IRS, an important reference tool for low-income taxpayer clinics across the country. Keith is also an active member of the Tax Section and former Chair of the Pro Bono and Tax Clinics Committee.