HARRISBURG (April 24, 2013) - Phyllis Horn Epstein, a partner in the Philadelphia firm of Epstein, Shapiro & Epstein, P.C., will begin a third one-year term as treasurer of the Pennsylvania Bar Association on May 10 at the conclusion of the PBA Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh.
A past member of the PBA House of Delegates, Epstein has served as co-chair of the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession Committee and has been a member of the PBA Nominating Committee and the PBA Quality of Life/Balance Committee. Epstein is a past editor of the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession's newsletter, Voices and Views.
Epstein is a member of the American Bar Association's Section on Taxation and has been the editor of the section's newsletter and liaison to the ABA Commission on Women. She is a member of the ABA Section on Taxation's Court Procedure and Practice and Individual and Family Taxation committees, the latter of which she is vice-chair, and has been a member of the section's Public Outreach Task Force. A former member of the Publishing Board of the ABA Law Practice Management Section, she has served on the publications board of the ABA Commission on Women. She is currently the editor of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section newsletter, The Insider, and a member of the section's executive council, as well as the editor of Beacon, a publication of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Women in the Profession Committee.
A frequent lecturer on tax matters, Epstein is the author of Women-at-Law: Lessons Learned Along the Pathways to Success published by the ABA Press and a finalist in the ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year competition. She is a contributing author of chapters on taxation to the recent Pennsylvania Bar Institute publication, Representing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Clients. Epstein is a contributor to the ABA publication The Road to Independence that charts the independent careers of 101 women attorneys. With her husband Earl Epstein, she co-authored contributing chapters on tax liabilities of corporate officers and directors in Corporate Law Lessons for CEOs. In 2010, she was named a Vision 2020 Ambassador to participate in a decade-long national project inspired by the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote.
Epstein has been a member of the executive board of the Brandeis Law Society. She continues to serve on the steering committee for "Working Together," an independent organization of tax lawyers, accountants and IRS officers. She is a member of the IRS/Practitioner Liaison Committee of Pennsylvania, which meets regularly with representatives of IRS and accounting agencies. She is a frequent invited participant in the U.S. Tax Court Judicial Conference.
Epstein is a graduate of Temple University and the Temple University Beasley School of Law, from which she also received a Master of Laws in Taxation degree.
Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access to legal services; and serve the 28,000 lawyers who are members of the association.