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The Texas Tax Section is pleased to invite you to join us via Zoom for the section’s annual meeting and CLE, scheduled for 8 a.m. CDT on Friday, June 18.
 
We are delighted to announce that Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles P. Rettig has accepted the Tax Section’s invitation to speak. In addition, this year’s program will feature the interview of nationally acclaimed Texas Tax Legend Richard M. “Dick” Lipton of Baker & McKenzie in Dallas by our favorite interviewer, William D. Elliott.
 
We will also have a timely and informative panel discussion of how COVID-19 has affected property taxes and how tax practitioners can assist their clients in seeking property tax relief. Daniel Smith, chair of the Property Tax Committee of the Tax Section, will moderate a discussion with property tax experts John Brusniak, Jr. and Stephen Brusniak.
 
Please join us for the Annual Membership Meeting and awards ceremony at 8 a.m. CDT. After a short break, the CLE program will begin at 9 a.m. CDT.
 
Tax Section Members: We will conduct voting during the Annual Meeting on the three incoming council members for 2021-2022 who have been selected by the nominating committee and ratified by the council:
 
• Sara Giddings, Shiner
• Stephen Long, Dallas
• Rachael Rubenstein, San Antonio
 
Please click here to review the minutes prior to the meeting. If you have any corrections to the minutes, please contact Tax Section Secretary Henry Talavera by June 11, 2021.
 
I look forward to seeing you there!
 
Sincerely,
State Bar of Texas
  
 
 
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.


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