State Bar of Texas Tax Section

President Obama

Nominates Elizabeth Ann Copeland

to the United States Tax Court

President Barack Obama recently announced his intent to nominate Elizabeth Ann Copeland as a Judge to the United States Tax Court.

Copeland served as Chair of the State Bar of Texas Tax Section in 2013 – 2014 and currently serves on the Tax Section Council.

“Elizabeth has demonstrated unwavering integrity and dedication throughout her career,” said President Obama.  “I am proud to nominate her to serve on the United States Tax Court.”

Copeland is a partner in the Tax Practice Group of Strasburger & Price, LLP in San Antonio, Texas.  She began her legal career as an attorney advisor to Judge Mary Ann Cohen of the United States Tax Court. During law school, she served as a clerk to Justice Eugene Cook of the Texas Supreme Court. Prior to that, she worked with Ernst & Whinney (now EY). 

Copeland received a B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

More information about Copeland’s career is provided in The White House press release. 




  University of Houston Law Center

Apprenticeship Program

The UHLC Career Development Office (CDO) offers the "Summer Apprentice Program," an initiative designed to meet the needs of busy small law firms and provide upper-level law students additional experience in real-world legal work. By participating in the Apprentice Program, your firm can hire a law clerk at reduced cost.

The program allows small firms (fewer than five attorneys) to hire law clerks, with the firm and the UHLC splitting the $16 hourly wage. Put simply: Your firm can provide meaningful, real-world experience to a law student, while benefitting from the help a law clerk provides, and at a lower cost to you. More information is available at the UHLC CDO’s website employer page - in addition to a student page with FAQs.

If you have questions about the "Summer Apprentice Program," or would like to sign up to participate, please contact Bill Powers via email or phone at (713)743-0810. Don’t wait! Registration is under way and the number of firms that can participate is limited. 

  2015 Recipient of the 

Outstanding Texas Tax Lawyer Award

Sander (Sandy) Shapiro

The Tax Section is pleased to recognize Sander (Sandy) Shapiro as Outstanding Texas Tax Lawyer. The award will be presented on June 19, 2015 at the SBOT/Tax Section Annual meeting. Our luncheon program will feature Bill Elliott of Elliott, Thomason & Gibson, LLP interviewing Sandy about his exceptional career. Details here.

Sander (Sandy) Shapiro is one of the true pioneers of tax practice in Texas – Federal, state, and local.  He graduated from Rice University (then Institute) in 1951 and from the University of Texas School of Law in 1954.  His first jobs as a lawyer were in Washington, D.C., in the Tax Division of the Department of Justice, and the United States Tax Court.  In 1958, he and his wife Lottie moved back to Austin where he started private law practice, ultimately becoming a partner in the law firm then known as Clark, Thomas, Winters & Shapiro, where he practiced for 26 years.  He was subsequently one of the founders of Shapiro, Edens & Cook, an Austin law firm.

Sandy helped introduce the practice of Federal tax law to the Austin Bar, focusing on tax controversy work.  In later years, he pioneered in Texas the practice of state franchise and sales tax controversy work, and developed a nationwide practice in the field.   During the time of his active practice, Sandy was also an adjunct professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law, and was a frequent lecturer to Bar and accountants’ groups on state and Federal taxes and related matters.  He became active in the National Association of State Bar Tax Sections (NASBTS), an adjunct of the American Bar Association, and eventually became president and director emeritus. In NASBTS, he dealt with state taxes and is the author of several handbooks and articles on the subject.  There are many, many lawyers in Texas and beyond who benefited from his mentoring and counsel.

During his years of active practice, besides his association with NASBTS, he was a member of the American Law Institute (Sustaining Life Member) and a fellow in the American College of Tax Counsel and American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.    He was president of the Texas Law Review Association and has been active in various bar committees.  He was and is very active in cultural and philanthropic causes in Austin.

Among the many honors Sandy has received, he is most proud of:

·        Commencement speaker to the 1984 University of Texas School of Law graduating class (which included his daughter).

·        Distinguished Lawyer Award given by the Travis County Bar Association

·        Anti-Defamation League Trailblazer award

·        Sander W. Shapiro Presidential Scholarship in Law endowed in his honor at the University of Texas School of Law.


 Sandy retired from practice January 1, 2000.






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