Congratulations to Elizabeth Copeland!

On August 3, 2017, President Trump nominated Elizabeth Copeland to serve as a Judge of the United States Tax Court, to the seat vacated by Judge James Halpern who retired on October 16, 2015. Her nomination is currently pending before the Senate Finance Committee. On May 4, 2015, President Obama had nominated Copeland to serve as a Judge of the United States Tax Court, to the seat vacated by Judge Diane Kroupa, who retired on June 16, 2014. She received a hearing before the United States Senate Committee on Finance on January 29, 2016. On April 18, 2016, her nomination was reported out of committee by a 26-0 vote. Her nomination expired on January 3, 2017, with the end of the 114th Congress.

Copeland has been board certified in tax law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2002. Tax Analysts named her a 2012 Tax Person of the Year in its national edition of Tax Notes. She served as chair of the State Bar of Texas Tax Section from 2013 to 2014. She was named San Antonio Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers and a Top Ten Tax Attorney in the Nation by Tax Notes (along with Chief Justice Roberts).

Ms. Copeland established the U.S. Tax Court Pro Bono Program on behalf of the State Bar of Texas Tax Section. This was the first state program of its kind and is now a model program used by other state bars across the country to assist low income taxpayers. Copeland is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.B.A. with honors from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.

Elizabeth Copeland practices law with the firm of Strasburger & Price, LLP, in San Antonio, Texas. She handles all matters pertaining to federal income taxation, including planning and tax controversies, and she is also experienced in dealing with the Internal Revenue Service at the administrative appeals level and in litigation.

The 2016-2017 Nominating Committee is pleased to deliver its 2016-2017 Nominating Committee Report

Nominating Committee Report

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