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Not for the Faint of Heart

Current Chair Joan C. Arnold

By Joan C. Arnold, Chair of the Tax Section


This time last year I was brimming with goals and ideas as I looked forward to my term as Chair of the Tax Section beginning in August 2020. Starting in the midst of the pandemic was, of course, quite difficult. Many plans had to take a back seat as we pivoted to the delivery of member benefits in a remote setting. Nonetheless, the Section has learned a lot. Hopefully we will come out of this even stronger and more relevant to our members.

We have now completed three fully virtual meetings: Fall 2020, Midyear (January) 2021 (in case you wonder why it is called Midyear, as I did for years, it is because the ABA is on a September 1 fiscal year, making January the Midyear Meeting), and the 2021 May Meeting. I extend my sincere and deep thanks to the many people who made those virtual meetings succeed—from the Tax Section staff, who stepped up to learn new skills and implemented them so well, to committee members who adapted by developing new means of presenting our CLE and keeping us all in touch with each other.

We will have one more fully virtual meeting in the fall, scheduled for September 20–24, 2021. The leadership thought long and hard about making the September 2021 meeting an in-person meeting. Based on conversations we had with members, we found that a significant number are still reluctant to attend a large, in-person meeting when considerable uncertainty remains regarding the potential for a fall surge. That is particularly true for those with young children, and a material number of our members are specifically interested in being able to attend remotely for other reasons. ...

Read More in ABA Tax Times

Joan C. Arnold
Chair, ABA Section of Taxation


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