The Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section has given its highest award, the Vanguard Award for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement In the Nonprofit Sector, to Jeffery Yablon. Yablon, an active and longtime participant in the First Tuesday Lunch Group of public policy lawyers, is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of mega-firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. He’s also a genuinely funny and nice guy, who achieved the impossible recently by making the audience laugh often during a luncheon speech about his winning the appeal of the Crossroads GPS tax exemption case.
The Committee’s release notes:
Pillsbury partner Jeffery Yablon has for more than 40 years successfully represented and advised tax-exempt organizations of all political and cultural views, from the most liberal to the most conservative. His most notable matters include litigating the landmark “Big Mama Rag” case, which held unconstitutional a Treasury regulation used by IRS agents to deny charitable status to an organization because it was founded by and operated for gay women. Jeff also led a team of lawyers in a three-year battle to obtain formal IRS recognition of tax-exempt status of Crossroads GPS, a high-profile conservative organization at the center of the “IRS Targeting Scandal.”
A member of the board of advisers of Taxation of Exempts magazine and a former member of the board of advisers of Corporate Taxation magazine, Jeff is also the author of As Certain as Death: Quotations About Taxes, a collection of tax quotes now in its 10th edition. One of his more popular quotes is “America’s tax laws are similar to the writings of Karl Marx and the writings of Sigmund Freud in that many of the people who loudly proclaim opinions about these documents have never read a word of them.”
Jeff earned his law degree from Stanford Law School, where he was Developments Editor for the Stanford Law Review. He obtained his bachelor’s degree, with honors, from the University of Wisconsin.
Congratulations to Jeff!