Ashford is a new entry this year
As a sitting judge of the US Tax Court, Tamara Ashford is
one of the few people who can say that they were hired by the
President. Not a bad accolade.
Ashford decides cases between taxpayers and the IRS and is
just over 12 months into her 15-year term, having been
appointed by Obama on December 19 2014, making 2015 her first
full year in the role.
Ashford – one of 19 judges on the US Tax Court
– holds a unique position in that she is the only
female African-American judge; there are five women judges
active on the US Tax Court.
Before becoming a judge, Ashford held roles at the US
Department of Justice, Tax Division, as well as at the IRS and
in practice with Dewey & LeBoeuf and Miller &
On appointment to the Tax Court, Ashford testified before
the US Senate Finance Committee that her past experiences had
enabled her to amass "the temperament and skills to be an
Aside from her day-to-day activity in the robe, Ashford has
been vocal during 2015 in discussing the role of the judiciary
in protecting taxpayer rights and promoting voluntary