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Diversity in the Profession Committee

The Diversity in the Profession Committee (DIPC) is responsible for the Section’s efforts to attract and retain diverse professionals in tax. This includes, establishing relationships with historically black colleges and universities, working with Loretta Collins Argrett Fellows and Section DEI scholarship recipients to ensure diverse voices are heard, investigating systemic barriers of entry into the law profession and how the Section may break down these obstacles, and pursuing the possibility of creating Section Diversity Awards.

Volunteering for DIPC

The ABA Tax Section’s Diversity in the Profession Committee (DIPC) seeks 5 – 10 volunteers to serve as committee members. The DIPC is responsible for the Section’s efforts to attract and retain diverse professionals in tax. Committee terms are for the duration of one year, beginning September 1, renewable twice for a total of three years.

DIPC members serve on one of four subcommittees during their terms:

  • Fellowships and Scholarships
  • DEI Programming and Publications
  • DEI Research and Policy
  • Liaisons/Ambassadors

DIPC members will report to the Vice-Chair DIPC, who serves under the Vice-Chair of Membership, Diversity, and Inclusion. Committee members will be appointed by the Vice-Chair DIPC, working with the committee’s Chair, out of the pool of applicants. Although being diverse is not a requirement to apply, individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to submit an application.

Duties and Expectations:

  • Expect to dedicate 2 to 4 hours commitment each month 
  • Be knowledgeable and supportive of the Section’s DEI plan
  • Be knowledgeable of the many facets and differences between justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion (JDEI)
  • Be knowledgeable of concepts such as biases (including implicit, invisibility, stereotyping, linguistic, cultural, cosmetic, selection, similarity), allyship, intersectionality, and microaggressions
  • Be comfortable in participating in often uncomfortable and in-depth discussions regarding JDEI
  • Maintain an ABA and Tax Section membership for the full duration of term

Individuals interested in applying should submit an online application by Friday, May 31.

Please direct any questions to Genevieve Borello, Director of Membership, Marketing, & Diversity at [email protected].

Committee Roster

Chair

  • Alice Abreu, Temple University

Co-Vice-Chairs

  • Eman Cuyler, Skadden
  • Kathleen Pakenham, Vinson and Elkins LLP

Committee Members

  • Ron Almojuela, The Walt Disney Company
  • Bunmi Ayo-Ogunmuko, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Megan Brackney, Kostelanetz LLP*
  • Garrett Brodeur, Skadden
  • Steven Dean, Boston University*
  • Alfonso Dulcey Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • Judge Maurice Foley, U.S. Tax Court*
  • Cathy Fung, IRS, Office of Chief Counsel (Large Businesses & International)*
  • Frank Jackson, McDermott Will & Emery
  • Annie Lawson, Haynes Boone
  • Marissa Lee, Foley & Lardner
  • Arsalan Memon, Faegre Drinker Biddle and Reath LLP
  • Scott D. Michel, Caplin & Drysdale*
  • Chardea Murray, IRS, Office of Chief Counsel
  • Adithya Reddy Nallavelli, PwC
  • Parag Patel, Patel Lawa
  • Moha Pradhan, Department of Justice, Tax Division
  • Alyssa Pratt, Foley Hoag LLP
  • Damon Rowe, Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins, Crouch & Ungerman, L.L.P.
  • Thanayi Ruth, Central Penn College
  • Matthew Schnall, Morgan Lewis
  • Catherine Sullivan, IRS, Office of Chief Counsel*
  • Judge Juan Vasquez, U.S. Tax Court
  • Lany Villalobos, Kirkland & Ellis LLP*
  • Michael Wallace, Agostino & Associates
  • Melissa Wiley, Lowenstein Sandler LLP

* denotes returning committee member

Liaisons

  • Jennifer Breen, Morgan Lewis, Membership Committee Liaison
  • Brandon King,  Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, LLTF Affinity Group Liaison