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Tax Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (JDEI) Fund

Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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The American Bar Association Section of Taxation is pleased to announce the Loretta Collins Argrett Fellowship, which seeks to create a more accessible and equitable pipeline into the Section of Taxation (“the Section”) and the tax bar. The goal of the Loretta Collins Argrett Fellowship (“the Fellowship”) is to identify, engage, and infuse historically underrepresented individuals into the Section, create a more accessible, equitable, and inclusive pathway into Section leadership, and support the expansion, diversification, and inclusiveness of the tax profession to create a space and sense of belonging for those looking to become involved with the Section.

The Fellowship is a three-year program open to any individual with a diverse background or a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the tax bar.  The Section aspires to award up to five (5) three-year Fellowships each fiscal year.

Additionally, the Section has established the Tax Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (JDEI) Fund, which includes a permanent endowment within the American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education (FJE). Charitable donations to the ABA FJE are tax deductible within the limits of the law. Investment revenue from the Tax JDEI Fund will provide stable, long-term funding for Section’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and provides key financial support for the Fellowship.

Loretta Collins Argrett

Loretta Collins Argrett

Meet Loretta Collins Argrett

Loretta Collins Argrett (who grew up in the highly segregated and volatile Mississippi Delta) holds degrees from Howard University with a B.S. degree in chemistry, with honors, and a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School. She was the first African American (“AA") staff member of the US Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation and the first AA woman partner at Wald, Harkrader and Ross in Washington, DC. In 1993, she became the first African American woman in Justice Department history to hold a position that required Senate confirmation and was confirmed by the US Senate as the Assistant Attorney General of the US Justice Department’s Tax Division.

Your donation will help fund the following benefits: 

  • Waiver of annual membership dues for the American Bar Association and the Tax Section.
  • Waiver of all registration fees (including tickets for receptions and lunches) for the Tax Section’s Fall, Midyear, and May meetings.
  • Reimbursement of reasonable travel and accommodation expenses associated with attending the Section’s Fall, Midyear, and May meetings.
  • Waiver or reimbursement of expenses associated with special gatherings at each Section meeting for Loretta Collins Argrett Fellows.
  • A mentoring program that includes assigned mentors for each Fellow who will serve as guides for Section activities, networking, and professional and career advice, and opportunities.
  • Monthly virtual meetings with Section leaders and others special guests discussing a wide range of topics.
  • Periodic special events.

Meet the Current Argrett Fellows


Please contact [email protected] if you have questions about the Fellowships or donating. 

Please consider donating to help create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive tax profession.

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Your donation helps fund the Loretta Collins Argrett Fellowships and Tax Section efforts to create a more diverse tax bar.

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