2016 Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award Winner

The Section of Taxation is pleased to announce the 2016 Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award recipient, Andrew R. Roberson.

Andy is a partner at the Chicago office of McDermott Will & Emery and currently serves as chair of the Section's Pro Bono and Tax Clinics Committee.  As chair of the PBTC Committee, Andy has developed the Partnering for Pro Bono initiative, a new program designed to pair law firms with Low Income Taxpayer Clinics to provide much-needed assistance.  He is actively involved in coordinating and promoting opportunities for attorneys to provide pro bono tax work, as well as coordinating efforts to comment on issues that impact low-income taxpayers.

Andy and his firm have been instrumental in helping the U.S. Tax Court achieve 100% coverage for its Calendar Call program, providing coverage to areas where local bar associations and clinics have been unavailable.  He regularly provides pro bono tax controversy representation through the LITC at the Center for Economic Progress in Chicago.  Among his other accomplishments, Andy successfully litigated the case Rand v. Commissioner, 141 T.C. 376 (2013), which set an important precedent regarding the calculation of the accuracy-related penalty with respect to refundable credits.