May 11, 2019

Pro Bono Award

2017-18 Tax Section Chair Karen L. Hawkins presents the 2018 Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award to recipients Professor Kathryn Sedo and Dale Kensinger.

2017-18 Tax Section Chair Karen L. Hawkins presents the 2018 Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award to recipients Professor Kathryn Sedo and Dale Kensinger.

Request for Nominations

The Section of Taxation Pro Bono Award Committee is seeking nominations for the 2019 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 areas 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 areas 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, December 7, 2018, to Arthur Atkin at arthur.atkin@americanbar.org. All nominations will be maintained in confidence by the Pro Bono Award Committee

History of the Award

The Pro Bono Award was established in 2002. Its name was changed to the Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award in 2007 to honor the work and legacy of the late Janet Spragens, founder of the first low-income tax clinic now named for her at the Washington College of Law at American University. Professor Spragens worked for many years to ensure representation for low-income taxpayers. The award is presented each year to an individual or law firm that has demonstrated outstanding and sustained commitment to pro bono legal services, particularly with respect to federal and state tax law.

Past Award Recipients

2018

Professor Kathryn Sedo
Dale Kensinger

2017

C. Wells Hall, III

2016

Andrew R. Roberson

2015

T. Keith Fogg

2014

Judge Peter J. Panuthos

2013

Mark Moreau
Carlton Smith

2012

Frank Agostino

2011

Fulbright & Jaworski

2010

Caroline Ciraolo
Juan Vasquez, Jr.

2009

Elizabeth Copeland

2008

Joseph Barry Schimmel

2007

Professor Leslie M. Book

2006

Professor Janet Spragens

2005

Professor Diana L. Leyden

2004

Karen Hawkins

2003

Peter Lowy

2002

Elizabeth Atkinson
Victoria Bjorklund