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IN MEMORIAM
            NEW   F A CES




                   JAMES E. HERGET                                 P. Kommers of the University of Notre Dame wrote: "Herget has
                   Sept. 20, 1934 – April 27, 2016                 scoured the literature of German legal thought, organized that thought
                   University of Houston Law Center Professor Emeritus James   into interesting and intelligible categories, and presented each school of
                   E. Herget, who taught at the law school for 25 years and   thought in an imaginative way. . . . [It] is a body of knowledge fascinating
                   served as associate dean, died April 27, 2016 in Kerrville at the   for its content, illuminating for its insight, and relevant to American
                   age of 81.                                      legal philosophy as well as comparative law."
            Herget joined the faculty in 1973, teaching courses in Constitutional   He retired from the Law Center in 1998 and moved to Kerrville
            Law and International Comparative Law. He also served as director   where he was an active member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. He
            of the International Law Institute, director of the Mexican Legal   continued writing, venturing outside the legal realm with titles such as,
            Studies Program, and long-time chairman of the promotion and tenure   “American Football: How the Game Evolved” and “Women in Magic:
            committee.                                             The Pioneers.”
            In 1983-84 he was a visiting professor of law at Hokkaido University in   Herget was born in Pekin, Ill., on Sept. 20, 1934. He earned his
            Sapporo, Japan, and in 1993-94 he was senior researcher at Heidelberg   undergraduate and J.D. degrees from the University of Illinois and an
            University in Heidelberg, Germany. Both visits were sponsored by the   S.J.D. degree from the University of Virginia.
            Fulbright program.                                     He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Helen; three daughters, Catherine
            Herget was the author of several books and numerous legal articles. In a   Carter Willard, Margaret Dawson, and Grace Capwell; and two sons,
            review of his book “Contemporary German Legal Philosophy,” Donald   William and Charles.


                   IRA B. SHEPARD
                   Dec. 14, 1937 – March 27, 2016
                   Professor Emeritus Ira B. Shepard, who unraveled the   in tax institutes all over the country and at the Wednesday Tax Forum
                   complexities of tax law for thousands of students during his   here in Houston looked forward to his presentations, which were laced
                   36 years in the classroom at the University of Houston Law   with good humor as well as scholarship.”
                   Center, died March 27, 2016 at the age of 78.   Associate Professor Bret Wells added, “Ira was instrumental in
            Known among colleagues and students for his kindness and good   getting the Houston Business and Tax Law Journal started.  He had a
            humor, Shepard was known nationally for his expertise in the ever-  strong interest in facilitating conversations about the tax law among
            evolving field of tax law.                             academics, practitioners, and the judiciary.
            “Ira retired before I became dean in 2014, but I had gotten to know him  “He also was instrumental in forging the University of Houston Law
            and found him to be all that one could hope for in a law professor,” said   Center’s IRS Externship Program. That program allows our students to
            Dean Leonard M. Baynes. “He was well credentialed, well published,   gain valuable experience working with the IRS District Counsel.  UHLC
            and a leader in his field of study, tax.  Ira was an incredible asset to the   was one of the first law schools to have such a program, and Ira’s vision
            Law Center even after his retirement. He continued to participate in   helped create that program in the early 1990s.
            conferences and promote the Law Center at every opportunity. He will   “He also spoke monthly in Houston for over 30 years on federal income
            be missed by all.”                                     tax updates and maintained a rigorous speaking schedule that touched
            “Ira and I were friends for many years, having begun at the Law   the lives of everyone in the tax community on a national scale.  His
            Center a few years apart,” said Raymond T. Nimmer, the Leonard   public speaking endeared him to the tax profession and made him one
            Childs Professor of Law and former dean. “He was one of the group   of the most beloved and respected tax law professors of this generation.”
            that brought us up from one place to where we are now, but more   Shepard, a primary force in establishing the school’s LL.M. Taxation
            important, he was a friend.”                           Program, retired from teaching in 2011, but continued as a senior
            “With his Harvard credentials and elite practice background, he helped   adviser to the program and as an active speaker and participant in tax-
            set a good precedent for hiring, and worked hard to build our tax law   related organizations and conferences. He was honored in 2013 with
            program,” said Professor Emeritus Stephen Zamora, who also served as   the Outstanding Texas Tax Lawyer award by the Tax Section Council
            dean during Shepard’s tenure. “He was a fount of erudition – a question  of the State Bar of Texas. The award is the highest bestowed by the Tax
            about a poet, or Shakespeare, or a cultural question, would prompt him   Section to honor colleagues for their outstanding reputation, expertise,
            to take out his little black book in which he registered all kinds of arcane  and professionalism in the practice of tax law in Texas.
            information.”                                          Shepard joined the then-UH Bates College of Law in 1975 after
            “Ira was a leader in the national tax community and in Houston,” said   teaching at the University of Georgia School of Law and as a visiting
            Paul Asofsky, an adjunct professor and senior advisor to the LL.M. Tax   professor at the University of North Carolina Law School. He received
            Program. “He carved out a niche for himself, apprising tax practitioners  his baccalaureate degree from Harvard College in 1958 and his law
            of current developments in the tax law on a monthly basis.  Participants  degree in 1964 from Harvard, where he was an editor of the Harvard






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