United States: President Obama Announces Intent To Nominate Strasburger Partner Elizabeth A. Copeland For Judge, United States Tax Court
Last Updated: May 6 2015

President Barack Obama intends to nominate Elizabeth A. Copeland, partner in the San Antonio office of Strasburger & Price, LLP (Strasburger), for Judge of the United States Tax Court, the White House announced today. The United States Tax Court is a court of record established by Congress under Article I of the U.S. Constitution and is composed of 19 presidentially appointed members. While the Court is physically located in Washington, D.C., the judges travel nationwide to conduct trials in various designated cities. The nomination requires senate approval.

As mentioned in the White House announcement, President Obama said, "Elizabeth has demonstrated unwavering integrity and a firm commitment to public service throughout her career. I am proud to nominate her to serve on the United States Tax Court."

Copeland handles matters related to Federal income tax, including tax planning and controversies and deals with the Internal Revenue Service on administrative appeals and in litigation. She has practiced at Strasburger since 2012. She was previously a shareholder with Oppenheimer, Blend, Harrison & Tate, Inc. in San Antonio. Copeland has been Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2002. She began her legal career as an Attorney Advisor to Judge Mary Ann Cohen of the United States Tax Court from 1992 to 1993. During law school, she served as a Clerk to Justice Eugene Cook of the Texas Supreme Court. Prior to that, from 1986 to 1989, she worked for Ernst and Young, LLP.

"We are incredibly proud of Elizabeth," noted Strasburger Managing Partner Dan Butcher. "This announcement confirms that she is one of the finest tax attorneys in the country and is highly regarded by her peers in the legal community." San Antonio Partner-in-Charge Edward Valdespino added, "It has been a pleasure to work with Elizabeth. She is a preeminent attorney and her passion for justice, fairness, upholding the law and helping others is extraordinary."

Copeland chaired the State Bar of Texas Tax Section in 2013-2014. As chair of the Tax Section's Pro Bono committee in 2008, she helped established the State Bar of Texas' United States Tax Court Pro Bono Program, the first statewide program of its kind in the nation. The program serves as a model for other state bar associations to provide pro bono assistance to low income taxpayers. Citing her pro bono activities, taxanalysts® named her a 2012 Person of the Year in its national edition of Tax Notes. The American Bar Association Section of Taxation honored her with the Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award in 2009, and she has been listed among the Best Lawyers in America® from 2007 to 2015.

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.

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