U.S. Tax Court counsel, UB law adjunct Robert Pomerance dies

Robert S. Pomerance

Robert S. Pomerance

Robert S. Pomerance, counsel to the chief judge of the U.S. Tax Court from 1992 to 2011 and an adjunct law professor at the University of Baltimore, died June 23, 2016.

Pomerance, who also served as an adjunct at several other law schools in the Washington, D.C., region, taught appellate advocacy at UB. In addition, he taught an introductory course in the law of the United States as part of UB’s postgraduate LL.M. LOTUS program.

Professor Jaime Lee, director of the UB School of Law’s Community Development Clinic and a friend of Pomerance and his wife, lawyer Betty Ferber, remembered Pomerance as a “modest, friendly, warm and welcoming” person with a wonderful sense of humor. In particular, she noted that, when his two daughters were young, he wrote “volumes” of letters to them in the persona of a “deeply creative, very witty Tooth Fairy.”

Lee said she learned a lot about teaching from Pomerance.

“Bob loved teaching, and I was fortunate to assist with his class occasionally and to learn from the way that he gave his students meaningful yet supportive critiques by drawing on his deep expertise and impressive career,” she said.

A graduate of Harvard College and Boston College Law School, Pomerance spent much of his career with the Appellate Section of the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he started out as a line attorney and then earned a promotion to reviewer, according to a remembrance on the website of the George Washington University Law School, where he also worked as an adjunct professor.

After leaving the Justice Department, Pomerance moved to the U.S. Tax Court, where he held the senior position on the legal staff until his retirement in 2011. He also mentored law clerks and, every fall, as part of an orientation program for new clerks, gave a talk about how to draft opinions, GW Law reported.

Said Lee: “Bob is very much missed.”

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