Barrett, President

Service, Education, Collegiality and Friendships

My fellow Florida tax lawyers, I wish to thank all of you who have participated in the Tax Section’s operations over the last several years and I want to encourage those who might not yet have taken the opportunity to participate in the Section’s work to find an avenue of service. The Tax Section, as with all of the Florida Bar’s substantive sections, provides ample opportunities for service to our fellow members of the Bar, the State’s law schools and their students, our communities and the citizens of the State of Florida. During the Bar fiscal year now concluding, for example, the Tax Section has presented over 20 continuing legal education programs, most at no additional cost to members of the Section. Additionally, the Tax Section, through its commentary on federal regulation projects and similar federal tax administrative matters, serves our entire country and facilitates the proper administration of the federal tax laws.

Importantly, Tax Section work is undertaken within a spirit of collegiality which cannot fail to allow you to build close friendships with similarly- situated tax lawyers throughout our great State, and elsewhere.

Personally, I became involved in the Section nearly 30 years ago because I was encouraged to do so by more experienced lawyers I viewed as mentors who suggested that participating in the Section would be critical to my professional development. If you are in the position to mentor either a young associate or simply a young tax lawyer whom you know through other circumstances regarding his or her professional development, rest assured that there are ample opportunities for that young lawyer’s professional development through your Florida Bar Tax Section. The Co-Directors of the Section’s “New Tax Lawyers Committee”, Dana Afpfelbaum and Mitch Goldberg, their committee members, and I, are available to assist a new tax lawyer with his or her integration into the Section’s activities.

You and your family are invited to attend the Tax Section’s 2016-2017 Organizational Meeting at the beautiful Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort from Friday, July 1 through Monday evening, July 4th.

The meeting schedule has been designed to allow you to enjoy all of the wonderful family and recreational activities available to the Resort guests while the Tax Section’s business jumps off to a great start for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. The “business schedule” also will include the traditional family-friendly events and the 2016 “Ullman Tax Year in Review” CLE program under the supervision of the Tax Section’s Chair-elect, Joe Schimmel.

The deadline to take advantage of the “early-bird discount” for your meeting registration fees and to reserve lodging at the Omni using the Bar’s special room rate is Friday, June 10th. This year, the meeting registration fees will cover the costs of attending the Chair’s Welcome Reception and Dinner on Saturday evening, the after-dinner entertainment for that evening, the Ullman Tax Year in Review and many other events.

In addition to the Section’s activities, the Resort will be treating kids and their families to a carnival theme party on July 2nd and a pirate invasion and dinner on Sunday, July 3. Please consult for additional information and to reserve activities or recreational equipment which often “sell out” over the holiday weekend.

The Section’s leadership, my wife Sylvia and I look forward to renewing old friendships and making new acquaintances at Amelia Island!

William R. Lane, Jr.
Chair, 2016-2017