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Meet New Tax Court Judges: Elizabeth Copeland and Patrick Urda

Sept. 24, 2018, 1:58 PM

Attorneys Elizabeth Ann Copeland and Patrick J. Urda have very different backgrounds: One has spent years championing aid for low-income taxpayers; the other has worked at the Department of Justice defending the Internal Revenue Service from potentially harmful tax-planning practices.

Now both of them will be sworn in as U.S. Tax Court judges.

The Senate confirmed the appointments of Copeland, a partner with Clark Hill PLC, and DOJ attorney Urda by voice vote on Aug. 28. President Donald Trump had nominated them in August 2017 for 15-year terms to fill openings created by retiring Tax Court judges.