June 22, 2007
How to represent low income taxpayers: Squire Sanders to host pro bono inspired seminar
A Southeastern Ohio Legal Services Training Session on representing low income taxpayers before the IRS will be hosted by Squire Sanders and Dempsey, July 12, 8:30 until noon.
Columbus Bar members are invited to a training opportunity designed for pro bono work and will earn 3 CLE credits. Registration is free and prior experience with tax law is not required.
Topics will include substantive areas of tax law as well as guidance on interacting with low income tax clients. Upon completion of the session, participants will have the necessary knowledge to serve clients through the Southeastern Ohio Legal Services Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.
Lawyers participating in this clinic will be able to provide most representation entirely over the phone and the clinic itself requires little travel. This program is well-suited for lawyers who do not wish to practice in the courtroom, but still want to offer pro bono services. For lawyers who are looking for courtroom experience, there are opportunities to represent clients before the United States Tax Court. Again, travel would not be required, as cases appealed to the Tax Court are heard in Columbus. Another benefit of providing pro bono services in this area is the absence of conflicts of interest because the opposing party is almost always the IRS.
To register for the free seminar RSVP to Stephanie Sharp at Squire Sanders, 614/365.2321 or firstname.lastname@example.org, by Monday, July 2.