June 10, 2016 Young Lawyers Corner

2nd Annual Young Tax Lawyers Symposium

By Travis A. Greaves, Caplin & Drysdale, Washington, DC

The Section of Taxation, the Young Lawyers Division, and the Federal Bar Association Tax Section cosponsored the 2nd Annual Young Tax Lawyers Symposium at Caplin & Drysdale’s Washington, DC office on April 1, 2016.  The event brought together more than 65 young attorneys and law students to hear judges, government attorneys, and private practitioners discuss various areas of tax law as well as to network and learn from other tax professionals.

The Young Tax Lawyers Symposium featured substantive presentations that introduced young attorneys and law students to foundational concepts in four distinct areas of tax law. Speakers included the following attorneys from the government and private sector: Drew Cummings, U.S. Tax Court; Richard Lilley, PwC; Robert Russell, Alliantgroup; Ben Gross, Joint Committee on Taxation; Andrew Mirisis, U.S. Tax Court; John Horne, Mayer Brown; Judge Cary Pugh, U.S. Tax Court; Maura Winston, Morgan Lewis & Bockius; T. Joshua Wu, Caplin & Drysdale; Jason B. Freeman, Meadows Collier; Giovanni Alberotanza, Rosenberg Martin Greenberg; Travis A. Greaves, Caplin & Drysdale; Judge Kathleen Kerrigan, U.S. Tax Court; Brian McManus, Latham & Watkins; Vivek A. Patel, Baker & McKenzie; and K. Christy Vouri-Misso, McDermott Will & Emery. Topics discussed included the basics of IP tax law, privilege issues in the U.S. Tax Court, the evolution of a criminal tax case, and an introduction to choice of forum in tax litigation. Following the program, attendees were invited to a networking reception at Rural Society.

The Young Tax Lawyers Symposium is part of the Section of Taxation’s effort to increase programming for young attorneys and law students. The Section of Taxation Young Lawyers Forum regularly hosts young attorney networking events during the fall, winter and May meetings as well as webinars, panels, and happy hours throughout the year. In addition, the Tax Section encourages young attorneys to join one of the Tax Section’s many committees. By participating in a committee, young attorneys not only meet with and learn from experienced practitioners, but also have opportunities to present or write on issues related to their practice areas.  Young tax attorneys or those new to the tax profession that are interested in receiving more information on events or speaking and publishing opportunities should contact Travis A. Greaves at tgreaves@capdale.com.