In Uncategorized on 03/07/2019 at 15:13

I note Judge Elizabeth A. Copeland, a recent elevatee to the Tax Court Bench, will be visiting Our Fair City on Monday in pursuance of her exalted office.

Regrettably, her profile on the Tax Court website modestly omits her cursus honorum. To remedy this omission, your blogger steps once more into the breach, good friends, once more.

Judge Copeland was born on June 1, 1964, in Colorado Springs, CO. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, cum laude, in 1986 from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to attending law school, she worked at Ernst & Whinney  (now Ernst & Young), from 1986 to 1989. Copeland received a Juris Doctor degree in 1992 from the University of Texas Law School. While attending law school, she served as a law clerk to Justice Eugene Cook of the Texas Supreme Court. She began her legal career and Tax Court career as an attorney adviser to Judge Mary Ann (“SEC” = She Eschews Cognomens) Cohen from 1992 to 1993. From 1993 to 2012, she practiced law with the firm of Oppenheimer, Blend, Harrison & Tate, Inc., becoming a shareholder in 2000. She practiced law with the firm of Strasburger & Price, LLP, in San Antonio, TX,  from 2012 to 2018, when she became a judge. Prior to said elevation, Judge Copeland handled all matters pertaining to federal income taxation, including planning and tax controversies, and also dealt with IRS at the administrative appeals level and in litigation. Judge 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 Texas State Bar Association Tax Section for the 2013/14 term and is a CPA.


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