Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) today led the committee to favorably report the nominations of Ronald Buch and Albert Lauber to serve as judges on the United States Tax Court. At a committee hearing on December 11, Senator Baucus said both nominees would make excellent judges and praised them for their years of experience in tax law. Both nominees were approved unanimously.
"Both of these nominees have decades of experience and will bring a wealth of knowledge to the Tax Court," Baucus said. "I am confident that Mr. Buch and Mr. Lauber will serve taxpayers well and ensure our tax laws are administered fairly."
Ronald Buch is a tax attorney who serves as an adjunct law professor at Georgetown University Law Center, teaching Tax Practice and Procedure (Administrative Practice) and Tax Research and Writing. Buch previously worked as an attorney with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel. He received a B.BA. from Northwood University, a J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law and an LL.M. in Taxation from Capital University Law School.
Albert Lauber is the Director of the Graduate Tax and Securities Programs and a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown Law School. From 1983 to 1988, he served as Deputy Solicitor General and as a Tax Assistant to the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice. He was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun and Judge Malcolm R. Wilkey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and he has experience in tax law in the private sector. He received a B.A. and a J.D. from Yale University and Master's degrees from Clare College and Cambridge University.