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OSB Taxation Section
- Public Service Stipend APPLICATION
The Oregon State Bar (OSB) Taxation Section provides current information on federal and state tax issues
and helps promote professionalism, leadership, and continuing legal education for its members and other
attorneys practicing tax law in Oregon. The OSB Taxation Section established the New Tax Lawyers
Committee to provide professional development, leadership, and educational opportunities and
resources to lawyers new to the practice. Within this framework, the OSB Taxation Section and the NTLC
seeks to advance public service efforts in tax law and to provide opportunities for students to gain
practical experience. The OSB Taxation Section offers up to two awards, in the amount of $4,800 each, to
selected students currently enrolled in a J.D. or LL.M program.
Award Requirements. The students must serve in a position involving taxation or the administration of tax
law with a pre-selected Program Partner (see list of Program Partners below). Recipients must commit to
working for 12 weeks (13 weeks for the Oregon Tax Court) during the summer of 2015 and will be paid by
the OSB Taxation Section. If, due to unforeseen circumstances, the selected recipient is unable to
complete 12 weeks (13 weeks for the Oregon Tax Court), the recipient shall return a pro-rated sum of the
award to the OSB Taxation Section.
Program Partners. Interested applicants should review each organization’s application and timeline in
conjunction with applying for the public interest stipend. Application deadlines may overlap. The
Section’s current partners include:
Oregon Tax Court:
Oregon Department of Justice:
Legal Aid Services of Oregon Low Income Taxpayer Clinic:
El Programa Hispano Low Income Taxpayer Clinic:
Lewis and Clark Low Income Taxpayer Clinic:
Internal Revenue Service
Other partners that will advance the applicant’s practical experience may be considered by the
NTLC upon advance request.
Award Selection. The Section will prioritize applicants who intend to practice law in Oregon and become
active members in the OSB Taxation Section upon completion of their J.D. or LL.M degrees. The NTLC will
review and evaluate each applicant. The Section will select two recipients and at least one alternate. An
alternate will receive the public interest stipend in the event the chosen recipients do not receive a
position with a Program Partner before the April 17, 2015 deadline.
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2015 Public Interest Stipend Application
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Required Application Materials. The application must include a cover letter, law school transcript,
resume, three references, and short writing sample addressing a timely tax issue (the writing sample
may be up to 4 pages long).
The OSB Taxation Section NTLC stipend application is a two-step process. Applicants must apply to the
NTLC for a stipend and to a Program Partner for employment. Successful candidates will not be
employees of the Oregon State Bar.
Applications due to NTLC*
January 30, 2015 (*must be received by this date)
Potential recipients notified
Mid-March, 2015
Deadline to secure position with a
April 17, 2015
Program Partner
Recipient(s) begin position with
May 2015
Program Partner
Partner deadlines vary and may precede the NTLC application deadline. When applying for positions with
these entities, please indicate in your cover letter that you have applied for or intend to apply for the OSB
Taxation Section Public Interest Stipend.
In order to receive the stipend, the potential recipient must apply for and secure a position with a preapproved Program Partner by April 17, 2015. If the potential recipient is unable to secure a position by
April 17, 2015, an alternate will be offered the opportunity to receive the public interest stipend. Only
when an applicant has secured the stipend and a position will the NTLC award the stipend.
The Section will arrange to provide a mentor for each stipend recipient from the Section’s membership to
provide guidance for the duration of the position. This mentor may provide editorial assistance if the
recipient wishes to seek publication of his or her article in the OSB Taxation Section’s quarterly newsletter.
The NTLC encourages selected stipend recipients to participate in the NTLC and will invite the recipient to
participate in any events and meetings, including the 2015 Oregon Tax Institute, that arise over the course
of the stipend and during the subsequent academic year.
This application shall remain the property of the OSB Taxation Section whether
approved, denied or withdrawn.
OSB Taxation Section
2015 Public Interest Stipend Application
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In addition to this application form, please submit a cover letter, law school
transcript, résumé, three references, and writing sample on a taxation
topic. The writing sample should be no longer than four pages. NOTE: If
you need more space to answer any of these questions, please attach a
separate page at the end of the application.
Tax Classes
Phone (day)
Phone (evening)
Language(s) [indicate proficiency in speaking, reading, writing]
Undergraduate School
Law School:
Undergraduate Major
❏ Day
E-mail Address
Graduate school and area of study
❏ Eve
Start Year
Graduation Date
References or Contacts (law-related references preferred, but not required)
Please verify that you are submitting a complete application by checking the
corresponding boxes. Incomplete applications will result in disqualification.
❑ Application
❑ Current Resumé
❑ Cover Letter
❑ Law School Transcript
❑ Writing Sample on Topic in Taxation (max. 4 pages)
Please attest to the following statements with your initials:
For my own records and future reference, I acknowledge that I have retained a
copy of my submitted application materials.
I have dated each sheet in my application materials (including statements and
attachments) with the submission date. If I update any document, I will mark such
document with the new submission date.
If selected as a stipend recipient, I agree to complete 12 weeks (13 weeks for the Oregon
Tax Court). If due to unforeseen circumstances, I am unable to complete the full term, I
shall return a pro-rated portion of the award to the OSB Taxation Section.
I certify that to the best of my knowledge the information contained in these application materials
is complete and accurate.
I authorize the OSB Taxation Section to verify the information contained in these application
Please refer questions and submit completed applications to:
Andrew Ginis at [email protected] or (503) 893-9257
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2015 Public Interest Stipend Application
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