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A DIRE Need: Diversity, Inclusion, Retention and Engagement in Law Firms

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Description: This panel will discuss the issues law firms face with diversity and inclusion, as well as the often forgotten aspect – retention. This program will help participants identify various biases and understand why those biases impact all attorneys in some way. Participants will also learn employer considerations regarding diversity and inclusion policies.
Jennifer Weidler Karpchuk represents companies and individuals in various matters related to state and local taxation, with an emphasis on the minimization of state and local tax obligations. She has extensive experience handling state and local tax matters, including those related to: corporate income taxes, franchise taxes, gross receipts taxes, excise taxes, personal income taxes, sales and use taxes, business privilege taxes, and real estate and property taxes.
Jennifer advises clients in all aspects of state and local tax compliance and litigation, including:
  • Challenging taxing authorities' determinations of nexus creating activities;
  • Challenging taxing authorities' imposition of sales tax to evolving digital goods and services;
  • Challenging audit determinations and assessments; Seeking refunds from state and local governments;
  • Handling administrative appeals at both the state and local levels; Litigating unresolved disputes in state and local courts;
  • Handling post-trial appeals at all appellate levels; and Reducing interest and penalties associated with past due taxes through the use of state and local amnesty, voluntary disclosure programs and administrative appeals.
  • Challenging property tax assessments including valuation and lack of uniformity.
In addition, she handles transactional planning for clients and has experience:
  • Determining nexus and potential nexus for sales and use tax, income tax, and gross receipts tax purposes;
  • Advising clients on the tax implications of pending and past transactions;
  • Planning for and mitigating tax burdens;
  • Maximizing available tax opportunities or credits; and
  • Reviewing nexus and developing strategies to minimize exposure.
Jennifer serves in a number of leadership roles. She is the current chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s State and Local Tax Committee, as well as an appointed member of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Tax Council. She also serves as the current secretary of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Tax Section. Jennifer is part of the American Bar Association’s State and Local Tax Committee’s executive committee, serving as co-chair of the Sales and Use Tax subcommittee and Miscellaneous Taxes subcommittee.
Jennifer writes a quarterly article for State Tax Notes and is a frequent contributor to The Legal Intelligencer. She was also co-author of The Legal Intelligencer’s Pennsylvania Tax Handbook and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Bar Association’s Property Tax Deskbook.
Alissa Gipson is an Associate in the Tax Controversy and Tax Planning sections in the Houston office.
Diana Gomez is a talented trial attorney with extensive experience regarding civil lawsuits. Her practice focuses on complex labor and employment disputes and includes managing EEOC and TWC matters as well as investigations for public and private employers. Diana also serves as a mediator for civil matters.
In addition to being Vice-Chair for the Labor & Employment Group, Diana serves as the National Chair for her firm’s Pro Bono Committee. She also serves on her firm’s management committee.
Diana is currently serving as the Second Vice President for the Houston Bar Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the Houston Zoo Development Corporation and the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston. Diana is also a co-chair for District Four of the Texas Bar Foundation and Chair of the HBA’s Law and the Media Committee.
Diana has been named to the “Super Lawyers List” by Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers Magazine and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Woodrow B. Seals Outstanding Young Lawyer of Houston Award, the President’s Award by both the HBA and the Houston Hispanic Bar Association, and the Latina Lawyer under “40” Award by the Mexican American Bar Association of Texas Foundation. Diana was also recognized as a Local Hero by the Houston Lawyer for her work as a Presidential Appointee in the U.S. Department of Education serving as Deputy Director for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans and then as Chief of Staff for the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development in 2008 and 2009.
Diana is happily married to Judge Michael Gomez of the 129th Civil District Court for Harris County and they are proud parents of their children.

Practice Areas: Elimination of Bias & Diversity in the Legal Profession
Online Media Type: Audio
Production Date: 06/24/2021
Level: Intermediate
Category: Standard
Duration: 1 Hours, 7 Minutes
Online Format: On Demand

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Total Credits: 1
Specialty Credits: Ethics 1
Status: Reciprocal Credit Available
Expiration: 06/23/2024
Training Type: Online

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Jennifer Karpchuck, Esq. - Chamberlain Hrdlicka Attorneys at Law
Alissa Gipson, Jr., Esq. - Chamberlain Hrdlicka Attorneys at Law
Diana Perez Gomez, Esq. - Chamberlain Hrdlicka Attorneys at Law
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