The Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association is offering a weekend program from July 20-22 in Washington, D.C. on current issues facing tax attorneys and other practitioners. The event is co-sponsored by The New York Bar Foundation and is open to any practicing attorney.

The program, at the Ritz Carlton (1150 22nd Street, N.W.), begins on Friday, July 20 with a welcoming cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 21 offers a half-day of panel discussions, featuring tax attorneys from major law firms, the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service, as well as other highly-regarded tax experts from New York City and Washington, D.C. Tax Section Chair Andrew W. Needham of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, New York City, will kick off the day with welcoming remarks. Session topics will include:

• Corporate Tax Reform: What Does It Mean for the Tax Practitioner? 
Panelists: Michael L. Schler, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, New York City; John L. Buckley, Graduate Tax Program, Georgetown University Law Center; and Karen Gilbreath Sowell, Ernst & Young, Washington, D.C.

• Hot Topics in Derivatives: Dividend Swaps and Contingent NPCs
Panelists: Stephen B. Land, Duval & Stachenfeld, New York City; Michael S. Farber, Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York City; Stephen Larson, Associate Chief Counsel (Financial Institutions and Products), Internal Revenue Service, Washington, D.C.; and Karl T. Walli, Senior Counsel (Financial Products), Department of the Treasury, Washington, D.C.

• State Taxation: Should/Will Congress Intervene? (Part of the State and Local Tax Luncheon)
Panelists: Peter L. Faber, McDermott Will & Emery, New York City; Neal Osten, National  Conference of State Legislatures, Washington, D.C.; and Joseph Henchman, Tax Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Saturday's panel discussions will be followed by an optional afternoon tour of Mount Vernon. The day closes with a sunset dinner cruise aboard the air-conditioned Odyssey III on the Potomac. 

The program concludes Sunday morning with two additional panels:

• Reining in the Foreign Tax Credit: Splitters and Covered Asset Acquisitions
Panelists: David R. Hardy, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, New York City; Danielle E. Rolfes, Deputy International Tax Counsel, Department of the Treasury, Washington, D.C.;  Elena V. Romanova, Director, Consumer Banking Tax Advisory, Citigroup, New York City; and Ronald A. Dabrowski, Deputy Associate Chief Counsel (International-Technical), Internal Revenue Service, Washington, D.C.).

• Hiding Elephants in Mouseholes: The Home Concrete Case 
Panelists: Matthew A. Schwartz, Sullivan and Cromwell, New York City; Kristin E. Hickman, University of Minnesota Law School; and Steve R. Johnson, Florida State University College of Law.

Under New York's MCLE rule, the program has been approved for up to 6.5 MCLE credit hours in professional practice for experienced attorneys only. This course is not a transitional program and is not suitable for newly admitted attorneys.

For those interested in attending, registration information is available at:  Forms should be returned, via fax or e-mail, with appropriate payment to Catheryn S. Teeter. Programs fees are as follows: Tax Section member $525; non-member $675; Tax Section member admitted 2007 or later, fee waived; spouse/guest/child ages 12 and older, registration fee $475 per person. Commuter rates are available for those interested in attending only the CLE portion of the program.

The 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.


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