Taxation Executive Committee Meeting Agenda

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 2:00 pm
Conference Telephone No.: 855-520-7605, Passcode 9944153278

  1. Call to Order and Roll Call (Brad)
  2. Discussion of Raising Membership Fees for Taxation Section


Friday, September 19, 2014 - Saturday, September 20, 2014 (ExCom Members Only)

Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP
1 Ferry Building, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 9411

Friday, September 19, 2014

Noon – 5:30 p.m. (Working Lunch @ Noon)
Dinner – 6:30 p.m., One Market Restaurant, 1 Market Street, San Francisco

  1. Call to Order
  2. Adoption of Past Minutes
  3. Introduction members of Executive Committee Members (all)
  4. General Orientation (Lynn Taylor, Section Coordinator, Taxation Section, State Bar)
    1. Hummingbird  
    2. Handout regarding general housekeeping items (know that you can call Lynn with administrative questions)
    3. General Orientation – quarterly meeting, reimbursement, etc.  
    4. Ellen Louie, Section Administration Assistant
    5. Upcoming meetings
  5. Counsel of State Bar Section Meeting, August 15 - 16, 2014 (Robert Horwitz)
  6. Social Media (Michael Mullen)
    1. State Bar’s goal is to have every section up and running on Facebook, Twitter and Linked-in by the end of the year
    2. Each section to appoint a liaison for social media
    3. Social Media Policy, Administrative Advisory No. 14-08
    4. Part of overall marketing strategy for the State Bar; additional information to come
  7. Procedural Manuals (a major goal for 2014-2015)
    1. Draft detailed instructional manuals explaining how to organize and manage; capture our institutional knowledge; task list with due dates
    2. Working documents that can be passed down to the next person
    3. Executive committee to vote and approve each manual 



Point Person

California Tax Lawyer

Justin T. Miller


Haleh C. Naimi

E-News and website

Rebecca L. O’Toole

Sacramento Delegation

Roburt J. Waldow

Estate and Gift Tax Conference

Dennis Leonard; Laurelle M. Gutierrez

Eagles Lodge West

Troy M. Van Dongen

Washington DC Delegation

Thomas M. Giordano-Lascari

Annual Income Tax Seminar

Minna C. Yang

Annual Meeting of the California Tax Bar & The California Tax Policy Conference

Betty Williams (federal); Valerie and Carely (state)


  1. 2014 Annual Meeting of California Tax Bar and California Tax Policy Conference, November 6 – 8, 2014
    1. Annual Meeting of the Tax Bar – planning update and open items (Betty Williams)
    2. CTPC – planning update and open items (Valerie and Carely)
    3. Final Sponsorships – update (Dennis Leonard)
    4. Brochure (Carol Zlongst)
    5. VIP escorts
    6. Introductions at award ceremonies
      1. Benjamin Miller Award (Prentiss Willson); Thursday luncheon
      2. V. Judson  Klein Award (Eric D. Swenson); Saturday luncheon
      3. Joan Garvey Award (Brian W. Toman); Saturday luncheon
    7. Other open issues
  2. 2015 Annual Meeting of California Tax Bar and California Tax Policy Conference 
    1. Planning update and open issues (Betty, Valerie and Carely)
    2. Nov. 5 – 7 in SF, hotel options update (Carol)
    3. Selection of keynote speaker (Betty, Valerie and Carely)
    4. Marketing and sponsorship (Dennis Leonard and Patrick Martin)
    5. Corporate marketing push (CalTAX and “in-house” track) (Carley Roberts)
    6. Other planning updates and open issues
  3. Sacramento Delegation, January 22 – 23, 2015 (Roburt Waldow)
    1. Status and update regarding contacting Standing Committee Chairs to obtain paper topics
    2. Action plan to secure paper topics
    3. Logistics and planning update
  4. Estate and Gift Tax Conference, February 27, 2015 (Justin Miller)
    1. Janet Z. Chediak, Weintraub Tobin, Sacramento, California, is the incoming Chair of the Estate and Gift Tax Standing Committee
    2. Contract with The Julia Morgan Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
  5. Eagles Lodge West, April 24 – 25, 2015 (Brad Marsh and Valerie C. Dickerson)
  6. Washington D.C. Delegation, May 3 – 5, 2015 (Thomas Giodarno-Lascari)
  7. Annual Income Tax Seminar, June 2015 (Minna C. Yang)
    1. University of San Diego School of Law, Golden Gate University, Whittier Law School
    2. An issue is whether we should cut one location and replace it with a webcast; a possible solution is to rotate locations each year so no one location loses attendance
    3. Another issue is that in the last few years, CalCAP has had little or no involvement in the seminar; is there a way to get CalCPA back involved; can we re-build our relationship with CalCPA; does anyone have connections?
  8. Webinars (Thomas M. Giordano-Lascari)
    1. Webinars are a great way to raise revenue for the section because there is minimal cost to the Taxation Section.
    2. Every committee is tasked with submitting a webinar; a goal is to get each Standing Committee to commit to a particular month
    3. Draft list of webinars for 2014-2015
    4. Report on attendance of webinars for 2013 – 2014 term (Lynn Taylor)
      1. Patrick Martin, International webinar, July 2014
      2. Haleh Naimi, Discharging Taxes in Bankruptcy, August 21, 2014
  9. Adjourn
  10. Dinner Details

6:30 pm reception; 7:00 pm dinner
Name of Restaurant: One Market Restaurant
Address: 1 Market Street, San Francisco

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Executive Committee Members Only
9:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Working Breakfast

  1. Call to Order (Steven)
  2. Items Carried Over from Friday
  3. Treasurer’s Report (Justin T. Miller and Minna Yang)
  4. California Tax Lawyer Report (Justin T. Miller, Haleh C. Naimi and Adria Price)
    1. Initial draft of procedural manual for CA Tax Lawyer
    2. Spring 2014 edition not published (Justin T. Miller)
    3. Bar business news – we are having difficulty obtaining timely submissions from the subcommittee chairs for the CTL Bar Business.  A solution is to track deadlines on procedural manual; start with email reminders one month ahead with reminders; then weekly email reminders.  Discuss issue with Section Chairs at afternoon session. 
    4. Draft consent and release form
  5. Website (Rebecca L. O’Toole)
    1. Next website update is scheduled for September 2014
    2. Very helpful if everyone keeps an eye on the website and touch base with the person maintaining the website so that the website is updated regularly; members need to feed information to the website coordinator; the website is a group effort and everybody needs to be involved
  6. E-News (Rebecca L. O’Toole)

Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Working Buffet Lunch at Noon

  1. Introduction of Executive Committee Members (all)
  2. Introduction of Standing Committee Chairs (all)
  3. Introduction to Section Staff (Lynn Taylor)
  4. Orientation for Standing Committee Chairs
  5. Review of calendar for 2014 – 2015 (Steven L. Walker)
  6. Liaisons to Standing Committees (Brad Marsh)
  7. Handout, Standing Committee Responsibilities (Brad Marsh)
  8. Communications, Standing Committee Members (Lynn Taylor)
    1. Lynn Taylor has an email distribution list for the members of each Standing Committee
    2. Standing Committees can go through Lynn to distribute information
    3. Lynn Taylor can work with Standing Committees to consolidate their internal distribution list with State Bar’s distribution list
  9. Social Media update (Rebecca L. O’Toole)
  10. Annual Meeting of the California Tax Bar & California Tax Policy Conference, November 6 – 8, 2014, San Diego, California (Betty Williams & Carley Roberts)
    1. Standing Committees are given the opportunity to meet at the annual meeting; this is a very good opportunity for the members to meet and mingle
    2. There will be time available at the Tax Annual Meeting for subcommittees to meet – Lunch on Friday, November 7, from 12:30 to 1:15 pm. Boxed lunches will be available (pre-purchased through conference registration) for $40.00.
    3. People coming to attend the subcommittee meetings do not need to register for the conference
    4. If individuals would like to purchase a box lunch, they will need to purchase that through the conference registration website ahead of time, but they are not required to purchase lunch to attend the subcommittee meeting
  11. California Tax Lawyer Report (Justin T. Miller)
    1. Standing Committee Chairs are responsible for timely submitting Bar Business to California Tax Lawyer and Quick Points
  12. Webinars (Thomas M. Giordano-Lascari)
    1. Every committee is tasked with submitting a webinar for 2014- 2015 term; assignment of webinars
    2. “Nuts and Bolts” webinars
    3. Webinars are a great way to raise revenue for the section
  13. Sacramento Delegation, January 22 – 23, 2015 (Roburt Waldow)
    1. The Sacramento Delegation is fast approaching and we are in the process of soliciting paper topics and speakers
    2. If you do state and local tax work, you should consider proposing a paper topic
    3. It is very important that the Standing Committees distribute to their members the information about the Sacramento Delegation so that we have paper topics
  14. Eagle Lodge West, April 24 – 25, 2015 (Brad Marsh & Valerie C. Dickerson)
  15. Washington D.C. Delegation, May 3 – 5, 2015 (Thomas Giodarno-Lascari)
    1. It is important that the Standing Committees distribute to their members the information about the upcoming Washington Delegation so that we have paper topic
  16. Income and Other Seminar, June 2015 (Minna C. Yang)
  17. Overview of Section Finances (Justin Miller and Minna Yang)
  18. Standing Committee Chair Reports (Committee Chairs)
  19. Adjourn