June 21, 2013 -- University of Houston Law Center Professor Emeritus Ira Shepard was honored today as the 2013 recipient of the Outstanding Texas Tax Lawyer award by the Tax Section Council of the State Bar of Texas. The award is the highest bestowed by the Tax Section to honor colleagues for their outstanding reputation, expertise and professionalism in the practice of tax law in Texas.
"I am delighted and gratified to receive this recognition for doing exactly what I wanted to do and exactly what I loved doing," Shepard said.
Shepard taught at the Law Center from 1975 to 2011 and was a primary force in establishing the school's LL.M. Taxation program. The LL.M. program is ranked 18th nationally by U.S. News & World Report in its latest survey. Shepard serves as a senior adviser to the program. Before his tenure at the Law Center, Shepard taught at the University of Georgia School of Law and also as a visiting professor at the University of North Carolina Law School.
Shepard received his baccalaureate degree from Harvard College in 1958 and his law degree from Harvard University in 1964, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Following graduation, he practiced in New York City with the firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Shepard is a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and a frequent speaker at various tax programs, including the State Bar's Advanced Tax Law Course.