ROCHESTER, N.Y.

The American College of Tax Counsel extends a warm welcome to the 12 new Fellows elected to the organization by the College’s Board of Regents at its recent May 10 meeting. The new Fellows elected to the College are: Elizabeth P. Askey of the IRS Office of Chief Counsel in Washington, DC; Stuart Bassin of The Bassin Law Firm, PLLC in Washington, DC ; Katherine Kraus of Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP in Los Angeles, CA; David M. Lehn of Withers Bergman in Old Greenwich, CT; Carlene Lowry of Snell & Wilmer in Phoenix, AZ; Kelly C. Mooney of Gallagher & Kennedy in Phoenix, AZ; Susan C. Morse of the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, TX; Fran Obeid of MFO Law, P.C. in New York, NY; Robert H. Scarborough of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in New York, NY; J. Robert Turnipseed of Armbrecht Jackson LLP in Mobile, AL; John L. Valentine, Chair of the Utah State Tax Commission, Orem, UT; and Melissa Wiley of the Ernst & Young Legal Department in New York, NY.

To become a Fellow of the College, individuals must first be nominated by a current Fellow. Criteria for membership in the College include being licensed as an attorney in the United States for at least 15 years, with a career that is principally devoted to tax law and tax-related matters. Members may be practicing attorneys in public or private practice, serving on the bench, or teaching in law school. Retired and semi-retired professionals who meet admissibility criteria may also be nominated. For all Fellows, demonstration of a high standard of excellence and ethical conduct in the practice of tax law is required. This commitment can be shown in a number of ways, including becoming actively involved in the taxation committees or sections of local, state, regional and national bar associations, as well as through significant legal writing, teaching in the field, and other means.

About the American College of Tax Counsel

The American College of Tax Counsel is a professional association of tax attorneys in private practice, in federal or state revenue agencies, or teaching tax law in law schools around the country. The College serves important roles regarding the nation’s tax laws by communicating with Congress and the IRS on federal tax issues and through the filing of “friend of the court” briefs in selected tax cases. A 19-member elected Board of Regents serves as the governing body of the College, with one regent drawn from each of the 13 federal judicial circuits, plus two at-large positions. The Board is rounded out by the four members of the Executive Committee – President, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer and Last Retiring President. The College can be found online at http://www.actconline.org.

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