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Laurence Neal Woodworth Lecture

Date and Time: 
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Event Location: 
Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington, DC
Event Category: 
College of Law
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Join us for the Laurence Neal Woodworth Lecture

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 5:00pm, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington D.C. (In conjunction with the ABA Tax Section May Meeting)

"The Challenges Facing the IRS of the Future"

Presented by: John Koskinen

Mr. Koskinen was nominated by President Obama to be the 48th Commissioner of the IRS and was confirmed by the Senate on December 20, 2013 for a term that expired on November 12, 2017.

Previously, Mr. Koskinen served as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Freddie Mac from September, 2008 until February, 2012, except for the six months he served as interim CEO, COO and CFO during 2009.  From 2004-8 he was President of the US Soccer Foundation, the charitable arm of soccer in the U.S..  Mr. Koskinen earlier served as Deputy Mayor and City Administrator for the District of Columbia from September 2000 to September of 2003, responsible for the operation of all city departments.

Prior to his service as Deputy Mayor, Mr. Koskinen occupied several positions with the US Government including service from 1994 to 1997 as Deputy Director for Management of the Office of Management and Budget, where, among other duties, he coordinated the work of the Chief Financial Officers, Chief Information Officers and Inspectors General of all Federal agencies.  He also ran the two government shutdowns in 1995.  From 1998 to 2000, he served as Assistant to the President and Chaired the President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion, coordinating the country's transition into the new century.

Prior to his most recent service with the U.S. Government, Mr. Koskinen joined the Palmieri Company, which specialized in turnaround management, as Vice President and later served as President and CEO from 1979 to 1993, participating in the reorganization of the Penn Central Transportation Company, Levitt and Sons and Mutual Benefit, at the time the largest failed life insurance company in history.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Koskinen worked on the staff of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (the "Kerner Commission"), represented New York City and Mayor John Lindsay in Washington and served as Chief of Staff for four years for Senator Abraham Ribicoff of Connecticut.

Mr. Koskinen graduated with a JD, Cum Laude, from Yale University School of Law and a BA in Physics, Magna Cum Laude, from Duke University.  He studied International Law for one year at Cambridge University in England.