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1940 Reunion Year

Mortimer Caplin was appointed to a three-year term to the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. He reports that “this fi ts in closely with the work of [the Law School’s] Public Service Center and hopefully will bring more of the leading adherents to Charlottesville.” Caplin recently delivered the Erwin N. Griswold Lecture in San Diego before the American College of Tax Counsel. (See The Tax Lawyer’s Role in the Way the American Tax System Works”). The October issue of TAXES was dedicated to an Interview with Mortimer Caplin.


U.S. District Judge Robert McRae died of pneumonia in June. After graduating from the Law School, McRae’s practice began in Memphis as an assistant city attorney. In 1964, he was elected circuit court judge and remained so until his federal appointment. McRae retired on New Year’s Day in 1995. He is survived by his son, Malcolm McRae.


Benjamin K. Phipps of The Phipps Firm, Tallahassee, FL, was designated a Certified Member of the Institute (CMI) in property taxation by the Institute of Professionals in Taxation. The Institute’s members include appraisers, accountants, and attorneys who provide representation for taxpayers in state and local tax matters. Phipps is the only attorney in Florida with the CMI designation in property tax.


Lawrence H. Hoover, Jr., of Hoover Penrod PLC in Harrisonburg, VA, was elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

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