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Senate Confirms Openly Gay Judge to Tax Court

Yesterday evening the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Joseph Gale for a second term to the U.S. Tax Court, the principal court for resolution of tax disputes between taxpayers and the federal government. Judge Gale was appointed to the Tax Court in 1996 by President Clinton for a term that expired in February of this year. Judge Gale’s admirable first term, fitness to serve and commitment to public service will make him a continued asset to the Tax Court.   HRC endorsed Judge Gale in January of this year.

A second openly-gay and HRC-endorsed nominee to the Tax Court is still awaiting a hearing on his nomination: Albert Lauber was nominated by President Obama in May of this year.  Mr. Lauber is currently the Director of the Graduate Tax and Securities Programs and a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown Law School. Prior to his post at Georgetown, Mr. Lauber spent 17 years at Caplin & Drysdale, one of the most well-known tax firms in the country, where he specialized in appellate and trial litigation and argued frequently before the Tax Court

We congratulate Judge Gale on his reconfirmation, and look forward to Mr. Lauber being given a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee. As their impressive accomplishments demonstrate, Mr. Lauber, like Judge Gale, would be assets to this important to the Tax Court.

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