UB LITC Student Attorneys Heading to IRS Chief Counsel, Washington, DC

The University of Baltimore Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic is pleased to announce that two of its student attorneys have secured full-time attorney positions with the Internal Revenue Service’s National Office of Chief Counsel in Washington, D.C. to begin in the fall of 2019.

Dominic DiMattia (J.D. anticipated May 2019) and Hayley Hassan (J.D. anticipated May 2019) were accepted under the Office of Chief Counsel’s Attorney Honors Program.  This rigorous and competitive program is the sole channel for hiring by the IRS’s National Office of Chief Counsel, which provides legal support the IRS nationwide.  As attorneys in that office’s Income Tax and Accounting Division, they will gain and apply expertise in a wide array of substantive tax areas and help implement and set IRS legal policy.

Mr. DiMattia served as a UB LITC student attorney in the spring and fall 2018 semesters, while Ms. Hassan served in the fall 2018 semester and was invited to return in the spring of 2019.  As student attorneys, Mr. DiMattia and Ms. Hassan handled a wide variety of federal tax controversies, including collection matters, administrative disputes before the IRS, and litigation in various federal courts.  In the fall 2018 semester alone, Mr. DiMattia prepared for trial and settled a factually complex matter in U.S. Tax Court, while Ms. Hassan litigated a U.S. District Court tax refund suit raising novel legal issues.

Mr. DiMattia said, “I attribute a big part of landing a job at the IRS to the Tax Clinic. Clinic was the place in law school where I learned the practical skills necessary to practice tax law.  It allowed me to meaningfully contribute to the agency through my work.”

The IRS Honors Program is highly selective and draws applicants from law schools nationwide.  Attorneys chosen for this honor often go on to successful careers in tax law both within and outside the government.  Professor Snyder and the entire University of Baltimore LITC congratulate Mr. DiMattia and Ms. Hassan on achieving these coveted positions.

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