On July 23 the D.C. Bar presented its first Tax Academy, a series of classes on the fundamentals of tax law sponsored by the D.C. Bar Taxation Section and the D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program.
Jennifer Breen of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP and Michael Hauswirth of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP led the first session, which focused on the basic principles of tax law as they apply to entities, corporations, and partnerships. Moderator Alex Reid of Morgan Lewis played the role of a high-tech entrepreneur seeking advice of tax counsel about his virtual reality startup.
Reid again served as moderator at the annual Taxation Section End of Year Luncheon that followed the CLE course. The event serves as a unique opportunity for participants to network with prominent members of the D.C. tax community.
During the luncheon, U.S. Tax Court Judge Joseph Nega and Reid provided insights into the inner workings of the tax court and the intricacies of practicing tax law, while weaving in funny anecdotes dating back to the Tax Reform Act of 1986.