Loretta Collins Argrett was the first African American staff member of the U.S. Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation. 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 U.S. Senate as the Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Justice Department’s Tax Division.
The Loretta Collins Argrett Fellowship seeks to create a more accessible and equitable pipeline into the Section and the tax bar. The goal of 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 Argrett Fellowship is a three-year program and applicants need not be members of the Section or ABA to apply. Fellows receive complimentary ABA and Section membership, waiver of registration fees for the Section’s meetings, and, to the extent permitted, reimbursement for travel and lodging. Fellows will be paired with two Section member mentors for the duration of their fellowship and will participate in monthly educational webinars. Additionally, special fellows-only events will allow Fellows to learn more about the Section and its leadership. Find more information on the Argrett Fellowship and the Fellows on our website.
“We welcome these five outstanding Loretta Collins Argrett Fellows, selected from 82 deserving applicants,” said Tax Section Chair Wells Hall. “We look forward to seeing them seize leadership opportunities and advance the goals of the section, consistent with our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan, while advancing their own careers in tax.”
“We are thrilled to welcome our second class of Argrett fellows and look forward to working closely with them and their colleagues in the inaugural class, as well as others in the section committed to DEI,” said Caroline Ciraolo, vice chair of Membership, Diversity & Inclusion for the Tax Section. “The Argrett Fellowship is a groundbreaking initiative that has been tremendously successful thanks to the fellows, their section mentors, section leadership, and so many others who have and continue to contribute to this important endeavor.”
The Loretta Collins Argrett Fellowships are funded through the Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Endowment fund (JDEI). Find more information on the JDEI Endowment fund, including how to contribute to the fund and support the Fellows, on our website.
Please join us in welcoming and celebrating the second class of Argrett Fellows in-person at the 2024 Midyear Tax Meeting in January in San Francisco.