WASHINGTON - E. Edwin Eck II, dean of the University of Montana School of Law, has been approved to serve on the Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board by the Senate Finance Committee.
Montana Sen. Max Baucus, chairman of the committee, recommended Eck to the federal panel. The full Senate must now take up Eck's nomination.
The oversight board consists of nine nonpartisan members charged with supervising the IRS's execution and application of internal revenue laws.
The secretary of the treasury and the commissioner of Internal Revenue serve on the board with the remaining seven members appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Each presidential appointee serves a five-year term.
"Dean Eck brings more than 30 decades worth of tax law expertise to the table and I can't think of a more qualified individual to serve on the oversight board," Baucus said. "Dean Eck understands rural area issues and has Montana values and common-sense."
Eck was raised in Lewistown, graduated from Fergus County High School in 1965, graduated from Carleton College, and then went on to obtain a law degree from the University of Montana and an LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University.
He practiced law in Billings and Bozeman and served as a law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge James F. Battin, an assistant U.S. attorney, and later as an attorney in private practice with the Brown law firm.
Eck began teaching at UM in 1981 and was appointed dean in 1995.