Robert Kapp, Esq.
Oral History Text & Documentation
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- Complete Oral History Package
- Table of Contents
- Agreement: Robert Kapp, Esq.
- Agreement: Irvin Nathan, Esq.
- First Interview: March 13, 2017
- Second Interview: March 20, 2017
- Third Interview: March 27, 2017
- Table of Cases
- Biographical Sketch: Robert Kapp, Esq.
- Biographical Sketch: Irvin Nathan, Esq.
BIOGRAPHY – June 2017
School: University of Michigan Law School. S.J.D., with distinction, 1958
Organizations: Associate Editor, Michigan Law Review
School: Wharton School of Finance & Commerce, University of Pennsylvania. B.S., Economics, 1955
Trial Attorney, Tax Division, United States Department of Justice (Attorney General’s Honor Program), September, 1958 – March, 1961.
Partner, Hogan & Hartson, Washington, DC (joined firm March, 1961; admitted to partnership December, 1965; presently Counsel; has served on Executive Committee of firm).
Principally federal taxation with some emphasis on tax litigation matters. Practice in later years involved heavy concentration on representation of universities, medical centers, research institutes, charitable organizations and other non-profit organizations in tax and other matters. Experience in international commercial arbitration; mediation.
Managed Firm’s representation in government’s valuation case as Special Counsel in Rail Reorganization Act Cases.
Associate Professorial Lecturer in Law (Taxation), The National Law Center, George Washington University, 1970-1975
Co-Founder and Co-President, International Senior Lawyers’ Project (an international pro bono legal service) (2000-2016)
Senior Advisor, Ethical Globalization Initiative (2003-2009)
National Co-Chair, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (1983-1985) ;Board of Trustees (1976-present) ;Member, Southern Africa Project Subcommittee (1978-1994)
Co-Chair, Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (1979-1981);Board of Trustees (1973-1995)
Chair, American Civil Liberties Union of the National Capital Area (1990-1992); Board of Trustees (1982-1994); National Board (1993-1995)
Chair, International Human Rights Law Group renamed Global Rights (1986-1989); Board of Trustees (1979-2010)
International Election Observer Missions: Namibia (1989); South Africa (1994)
Board of Directors, Emergency Fund For South African Families (1987-1990)
Board of Directors, Higher Achievement Program (an inner-city tutoring program) (1990-1994)
Advisory Board, International Legal Studies Program, Washington College of Law, American University (1994-2002)
Visitor’s Committee, University of Michigan Law School
Mediator, United States District Court and United States Court of Appeals (D.C. Circuit) Mediation Programs
Legal Officer, International Commission of Jurists, Geneva, Switzerland (while on sabbatical leave, Feb. 1-July 31, 1978)
Consultant, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, regarding study of private law firm poverty-area neighborhood law office (Piper & Marbury of Baltimore, Maryland) pursuant to Ford Foundation grant. The results of the study are published in Ashman, The New Private Practice (NLADA, 1973).
Member, Area I Planning Committee, Montgomery County Public Schools (1975-1976)
District of Columbia Bar
Gender Bias Study Committee; Family Law Task Force
Alan Barth Service Award (ACLU, 1996)
Wiley J. Branton Award (Washington Lawyers’ Committee, 1992)
C. Anthony Friedrich Memorial Award (Law Group, 1999)
The American Lawyer 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award
Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia, 1961