WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2020 – The American Bar Association Section of Taxation will pay tribute to the late renowned tax attorney Martin Ginsburg and his wife, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the opening session of its Virtual 2020 Fall Tax Meeting on Sept. 29.
The opening plenary at 10:30 a.m. ET will honor the couple in a video that will feature their son, James Ginsburg, reading excerpts from a speech his father delivered upon accepting the Tax Section’s Distinguished Service Award in 2006. In the speech, Martin Ginsburg, a longtime member of the Tax Section, recounted the story of how he and his wife became involved as co-counsel in a 1972 appellate case, Charles E. Moritz v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, in which the Tax Court had denied an unmarried man’s deduction for expenses to care for his dependent mother. Their successful representation in the landmark case was the first time any provision in the Internal Revenue Code was overturned as unconstitutional.
The Ginsburgs’ victory for gender equality was the premise of the 2018 movie “On the Basis of Sex,” starring Armie Hammer and Felicity Jones. Video clips from the film will be part of the tribute, for which Justice Ginsburg had been scheduled to give remarks before her death on Sept. 18.
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