Public Service Stipend

New Tax Lawyer Committee

Public Service Stipend

The OSB Taxation Section and the New Tax Lawyer Committee (NTLC) seek to advance public service efforts in tax law and provide opportunities for students to gain practical experience through funding a public interest summer stipend.

The OSB Tax Section is sponsoring a law student to spend their summer working on tax issues for a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic or a government agency working on tax issues. Eligible Stipend Program Partners include Legal Aid Services of Oregon LITC, Oregon Law Center LITC, Lewis and Clark LITC, the Oregon DOJ Tax and Finance Section, the Oregon Tax Court, or the IRS Chief Counsel’s Office. The sponsorship amount for 2024 is $7500. OSB Tax Stipend recipients will be assigned a mentor who is a practicing tax attorney, will receive a scholarship to attend the Oregon Tax Institute and be invited to all New Tax Lawyer Committee events.  Please check the appropriate box if you wish to be considered for the OSB Tax Stipend.

Since stipends are available only to individuals who serve in positions with Stipend Program Partners, an interested applicant must apply to one or more Stipend Program Partner for a position and must separately apply to the Taxation Section for the public interest stipend.

Student must apply through the Oregon State Bar.   Follow the link below for more information.

Past Recipients:
2023 – Kim Truong

About Me:

I am a second year law student at the University of Oregon Law School primarily studying different areas in business law. I am interested in business law because my parents are small business owners. When we moved to Oregon in 2006, they opened their first restaurant and I grew up in the restaurant. I have always been interested in the legalities of running a business and hope to help other small business owners.

My Stipend work:

Over the summer between my first and second year of law school, I got the opportunity to extern at the Oregon Tax Court. I was able to draft two judicial opinions and write one research memorandum. Additionally, I was able to observe case management conferences, trials, oral arguments, and bailiff for one of the in person trials.

Despite all the interesting work that I was able to participate in, my highlight of the summer was getting to work with the individuals at the Tax Court. They were great mentors and have taught me so much.

How my stipend helped me:

The stipend allowed me to explore opportunities that I would have never considered as a low-income student. When I noticed that an opportunity was going to be unpaid for the summer, I was reassured that I would be able to participate because the stipend covered my basic needs. Additionally, the stipend allowed me to consider unpaid opportunities outside of Eugene, hence why I was able to extern in Salem.

Plans for the Future:

After my summer externship concluded, I was provided the opportunity to interview with Thorp Purdy, a law firm in Springfield, Oregon. I was then offered a position for the upcoming summer as a law clerk with their firm. I hope to be able to continue my work with them after graduating from law school.

Oregon State Bar