Tax Clinic Celebrates 20th Anniversary

ATLANTA – Georgia State University College of Law’s Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a gala to be held Thursday, March 29, at the Ansley Golf Club, 196 Montgomery Ferry Drive N.E., in Atlanta.

Since 1992, the Tax Clinic has provided federal tax controversy resolution services throughout the State of Georgia by representing over 3,500 individuals who were unable to afford legal representation, while also assisting nearly 500 law students bridge the gap between traditional law school courses and the active practice of law. The Clinic is one of the premier tax clinics in the nation. At the 20th Anniversary Gala, the Clinic will be named in honor of Philip C. Cook, Retired Senior Tax Partner at Alston & Bird.

“We are pleased that so many friends of the Tax Clinic, including current and former students, faculty, staff and members of the community, will be able to join us to celebrate our anniversary,” said Professor Ronald W. Blasi, Mark and Evelyn Trammell Professor of Law and Director of the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic. “This event gives us a great opportunity to look back on all that our students have accomplished in the last 20 years, while also allowing us to thank all of those who have supported us and have made it possible for us to provide legal assistance to thousands of individuals who otherwise would have had no place to turn.”

The event will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

About Our Honoree
Philip C. Cook is a retired senior tax partner at Alston & Bird. Cook was instrumental in the establishment of the Tax Clinic in 1992 and served since it formation as chair of the Clinic’s Advisory Board. Before his retirement he earned a national reputation for his work in federal income taxation and federal tax controversies. During his career, he litigated some of the most important domestic and cross-border tax issues faced by financial institutions. Cook also played a prominent role in litigating tax cases of first impression for the telecommunications industry and a range of other industries.

Cook led the Alston & Bird team that investigated Enron’s tax transactions as part of the Examiner’s investigation. He testified before the Senate Finance Committee about this investigation.

Cook joined the firm in 1972. During his career, he has actively served in the leadership of the firm leading the firm’s Tax Section and serving two terms as Chair of the Partners’ Committee.

He received his J.D. degree, cum laude, in 1971 from Harvard University, where he was president of the Harvard Journal on Legislation, and his B.S. degree, with honors, from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1968.

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