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Two LGBT Individuals Nominated to Tax Court

President Obama has nominated two HRC-endorsed and openly-gay individuals to the Federal Tax Court: Albert Lauber and Judge Joseph Gale. Both Mr. Lauber and Judge Gale are extremely well-qualified to serve on the U.S. Tax Court, the principal court for resolution of tax disputes between taxpayers and the Federal government. In a statement following the nomination of Mr. Lauber and Judge Gale, President Obama remarked that he was proud to nominate both men and praised their “unwavering integrity and a firm commitment to public service throughout their careers.”

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 U.S. Tax Court. From 1983-1987, Mr. Lauber left private practice to serve in the Department of Justice, first as Tax Assistant to the Solicitor General and then as Deputy Solicitor General.  Mr. Lauber received his B.A. and his J.D. from Yale University. He was nominated to the Tax Court on May 24, 2011.

Judge Gale was appointed to the Tax Court in 1996 by President Clinton for a term that expired on February 5, 2011. Traditionally, Judges who have performed well during their first term and wish to remain for a second term are reappointed to the Tax Court. Judge Gale’s admirable first term and fitness to serve would make him a continued asset to the Tax Court. For these reasons, combined with his commitment to public service, Judge Gale is seeking a second term. Prior to joining the Tax Court, Judge Gale worked for the U.S. Senate in several high-level tax counsel roles, as well as in private practice. Judge Gale received his B.A. from Princeton University and his J.D. from University of Virginia. He was nominated to the Tax Court on July 8, 2011.

Given the complex and specialized nature of its jurisdiction, the Tax Court relies on carefully selected judges with the requisite experience and qualifications to administer its duties faithfully and with the utmost integrity. As Mr. Lauber and Judge Gale’s impressive accomplishments demonstrate, both men would be assets to this important federal body.

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