About the Clinic
Students working in the Philip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic are supervised by a faculty member and a supervising attorney, both of whom have extensive experience with federal tax controversies.
The clinic receives guidance from an Advisory Board composed of several leading tax attorneys in Georgia.
Ted Afield, associate clinical professor, is the director. He works with the students to improve their writing skills, oversees budgetary matters, teaches the clinic course and handles a variety of other clinic matters.
Ronald W. Blasi, Mark and Evelyn Trammell Professor of Tax Law, founded the clinic in 1992 and is the director emeritus. He has more than 35 years of experience in the field of taxation and extensive administrative experience.
Bill Timm supervises students on a daily basis and will be teaching the Basic Federal Taxation course during the summer term. Prior to joining the clinic, Timm was the associate area counsel (SBSE) in the Atlanta Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service, where he practiced for 36 years. He is a graduate of Emory University Law School.
Tameka Lester, assistant clinical professor, works supervises students and provides guidance with respect to writing and legal issues arises in case files. Prior to joining the clinic, she was the director of North Carolina Central University School of Law’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic for four years where she also taught legal writing.
Bonnie Rich (J.D. ’94) works with student attorneys, providing guidance with respect to legal, ethical and professional issues arising from their case files. Prior to joining the clinic, she practiced in the area of civil litigation in both private law firms and a corporate legal department.
Sarah Ortiz is a native of Puerto Rico and fluent in Spanish and English. Prior to joining the clinic, she was employed as a chartered property and casualty insurance underwriter and served as president of the society’s chapter in Georgia following nine years of active duty on the board. She holds an associate’s degree from Massey Junior College and three insurance certifications. In addition to her administrative duties, Ortiz assists the student attorneys in their dealings with Spanish-speaking clients. She has also adapted the clinic’s correspondence to include Spanish language documents.