Ariel Stevenson Advocates for Tax Equality in LA

Former Skadden fellow Ariel Stevenson ('14) was profiled in the ABA Tax Times for her work serving low-income individuals in Los Angeles in desperate need of tax representation ("Pro Bono Matters in the City of (Fallen) Angels," February 2016.) Through her goal of increasing access to tax justice for low-income L.A. residents, Ariel developed the Bet Tzedek Legal Services Tax Clinic to bring "direct services to our client communities, rather than waiting for them to find us." Ariel described how many lawyers are surprised to hear there is a need in this area. "In reality, low-income taxpayers have incredibly complex tax situations," she said. "Home foreclosures, early IRA distributions and cancelled indebtedness are examples of common life events that trigger tax issues for low-income individuals."