The HLS Tax Program and HLS TaxHelp, along with the Center on the Legal Profession are happy to present IRS Chief Counsel William J. Wilkins and HLS Senior Lecturer Stephen Shay in an informal discussion of the work of the IRS Office of Chief Counsel.
About William J. Wilkins:
WILLIAM J. WILKINS is Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service, where he oversees a staff that includes approximately 1,400 attorneys. The I.R.S. Chief Counsel is appointed by the President of the United States with the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate.
As the chief legal advisor to the IRS Commissioner on all matters pertaining to the interpretation, administration and enforcement of the Internal Revenue Laws (as well as all other legal matters) the Chief Counsel provides legal guidance and interpretive advice to the IRS, Treasury and to taxpayers. Mr. Wilkins began serving as Chief Counsel on August 3, 2009, following his nomination byPresident Obama on May 12, 2009 and his Senate confirmation on July 24, 2009.
Before becoming Chief Counsel, Mr. Wilkins was a partner with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (also known as WilmerHale), based in WilmerHale’s office in Washington, DC. Before joining WilmerHale in 1988, he was Staff Director and Chief Counsel of the United States Senate Committee on Finance. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School.