John Marshall’s Kathryn Kennedy Named to IRS Advisory Committee for TE/GE

John Marshall’s Kathryn Kennedy Named to IRS Advisory Committee for TE/GE

The Internal Revenue Service has named Kathryn J. Kennedy, Associate Dean for Advanced Studies and Research at The John Marshall Law School,  to its Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT).  She is the only current member of the panel to be associated with a law school.
Kennedy, one of ten new members of the 21-member panel, was introduced - and began serving a two-year term - June 10 at a public meeting in Washington D.C. At the meeting, the current ACT panel also submitted its latest round of recommendations to Douglas Shulman, Commissioner of the IRS.  
ACT members are appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury.   Established in 2001, the panel advises the IRS on operational policies and procedures – and provides an organized forum for discussion of relevant issues affecting the tax exempt and government entities communities. Its members include external stakeholders and representatives who deal with employee retirement plans, tax-exempt organizations, tax-exempt bonds and federal, state, local and Indian tribal governments.
"I am very impressed with Katie Kennedy's exemplary efforts to facilitate a real partnership in compliance between the private and public sector to protect and improve the Private Retirement System in America,” said Monika Templeman, Director EP Examinations, Internal Revenue Service. “Katie is a brilliant lawyer, actuary and law professor who is always willing to share her expertise through education and outreach. Her dedication, sense of teamwork and personal integrity are equally impressive."
In addition to Kennedy’s role as an associate dean at The John Marshall Law School, she also serves as the Director of the school’s Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits program. In this role, she established the first LLM program in the nation for employee benefits, and has since developed the curriculum for more than 20 employee benefits courses at The John Marshall Law School. Kennedy has also served on the Department of Labor’s ERISA Advisory Council, and is co-author of the LexisNexis Graduate Tax Series textbook, Employee Benefits Law: Qualification Rules & ERISA Requirements.
Kennedy joined The John Marshall Law School faculty after several years of private practice at the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery, and as an adjunct professor specializing in employee benefits law. She has published numerous articles on employee benefits law and has testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on several occasions. In addition, she has proposed legislation in the area of executive deferred compensation plans, and has held leadership positions on the employee benefits committees of various local, regional and national bar associations.