WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2020 — The American Bar Association Section of Taxation has published “From the Texas Cotton Fields to the United States Tax Court: The Life Journey of Juan F. Vasquez,” a biography of the first Hispanic American to serve on the United States Tax Court.
The book traces Juan F. Vasquez’s journey, which surmounted numerous challenges such as poverty, manual labor and discrimination. It explores his pursuit of education to build — with the support of family, friends and mentors — a professional career serving community, taxpayers and the tax system. Vasquez was appointed and confirmed to the United States Tax Court in 1995 and reappointed and reconfirmed in 2011.
Written by Mary Theresa Vasquez and Anthony Head, the book is based on family records and interviews with family, friends and colleagues. Mary Theresa is Vasquez’s wife and the author of “Mi Mamacita Tiene Alzheimer’s.” Head is the author of “Spirit: The Life and Art of Jesse Trevino,” “Lucid: A Novel” and “Meatless in Cowtown.”
Vasquez was born to a working-class family in San Antonio, Texas, and grew up learning the value of education and hard work, as well as an appreciation for justice. After graduation from San Antonio’s Fox Technical High School, he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin, a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center, and a Master of Laws in taxation from New York University School of Law. During his career, he worked in private practice, at the Internal Revenue Service and in teaching.
Title: “From the Texas Cotton Fields to the United States Tax Court: The Life Journey of Juan F. Vasquez”
Publisher: ABA Publishing
Product Code: 5470832
Size: 6 x 9, Paperback, Hardback, and eBook
Price: $34 / $44 / $29
Orders: 800-285-2221 or shopaba.org
Editor’s note: Digital review copies are available by contacting Todd Reitzel at Todd.Reitzel@americanbar.org. If you publish a review of this book, please email a URL or PDF for our files to Todd Reitzel.
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