Ca. Tax Lawyer 2017, VOLUME 26, NUMBER 4

Message from the Chair

By Betty J. Williams

If someone asked me a year ago what my theme would be for my term as the Taxation Section Chair, I would have likely said something about growth. As it turns out, the year has been more about change.

As 2018 quickly approaches, we prepare to be part of the new non-profit entity, unnamed as of this writing, as the Sections separate from the State Bar. In the third quarter of 2017, the State Bar interviewed and retained Pam Wilson & Associates, Inc. to assist the Sections with our separation and retained a law firm, Adler & Colvin, to assist in setting up the Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(6) that will house the Sections.

The Council of State Bar Sections ("CSBS") and some of its working groups continue to hold a variety of meetings each week as we endeavor for a smooth transition away from the State Bar, away from the restrictions associated with Bagley-Keene compliance, and onward to less bureaucracy, more creativity, and a return to the bar, in the traditional sense—the year-long ban on alcohol at meetings will no longer apply.

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