The Hispanic National Bar Association Commends President Obama’s Nomination of Judge Juan Vasquez to be Reappointed to the U.S. Tax Court

August 9, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) applauds President Barack H. Obama’s decision to nominate Judge Juan F. Vasquez to continue to serve on the U.S. Tax Court. As the sole Hispanic jurist serving on the U.S. Tax Court over the past fifteen years, Judge Vasquez has continuously demonstrated his intellectual prowess, judicial temperament, and his strong work ethic. Judge Vasquez was first appointed to the U.S. Tax Court by President William J. Clinton in 1995, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Román D. Hernández, HNBA National President, stated, “Given his noteworthy career over 15 years as a Judge on the U.S. Tax Court, Judge Vasquez has demonstrated his knowledge  of the law and has proven to be an effective jurist on the U.S. Tax Court.  Judge Vasquez has a reputation for being balanced, fair-minded and extremely competent. Further, his well-written opinions show that Judge Vasquez appropriately applies the law and gives thorough consideration to facts.  Judge Vasquez makes even the most complex opinions dealing with the Internal Revenue Code easily understandable by the average person.”
Beyond his professional achievements, Judge Vasquez also has a compelling life story.  Born in San Antonio, Texas, Judge Vasquez began his life as a migrant farm worker.  He pursued higher education and earned an accounting degree from the University of Texas at Austin and later joined the audit staff of Lybrand, Ross Bros. & Montgomery (now PricewaterhouseCoopers).  Judge Vasquez is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston Law Center.  He subsequently earned an LLM in Taxation from New York University School of Law. After graduation, he worked for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Office of Chief Counsel and later represented clients before the IRS and the U.S. Tax Court in private practice.

Moreover, Judge Vasquez has also shown a tireless commitment to the Hispanic community.  For instance, he has traveled across the country to address law students and attorneys and discuss his path to the federal bench.  He has served as a mentor to many law students and young attorneys interested in the area of tax law.

President Hernández also noted, “The HNBA has proudly supported Judge Vasquez’s reappointment, he is yet another example of how HNBA members are leaders in diverse areas of the law. We hope to see additional nominations of qualified Hispanic lawyers and judges so that all our courts reflect the diversity of the nation that they serve.”