On January 7, 2013 Andrew W. Singer ("Andy") passed away from cancer in California. This was a significant milestone for DC Python, because Andy played an enormous role in the successful completion and acceptance of our 501(c)(3) non-profit application.
The only person to contribute more was our secretary and treasurer Amy Clark; and while she was not a University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business undergraduate or a graduate in the top 2% of Harvard Law School; or a tax attorney with decades of experience from Covington & Burling, an extremely prestigious law firm headquartered in Washington, D.C., Andy was all of these --and much more. He volunteered endless hours of legal guidance and consultation to Amy, and skillfully authored our entire application. Amy compiled, organized and submitted this formidable application, and as a result of her tireless efforts and his expertise, it was approved and accepted on first submission without complication or question.
In addition to his invaluable support and involvement in the submission and subsequent acceptance of our 501 (c) 3 ruling status from the IRS, Andy was also extremely instrumental in DC Python's organization and facilitation of the highly successful 2008 Plone Conference. He continued to provide--at absolutely no charge--legal counsel, support and guidance in and around every aspect of our organization's day to day activities and special events. Alex, Amy and the entire DC Python community have benefited greatly from his generousity, care, and truly amazing talent, skill and expertise. His loss is a loss to us all.
Andrew W. Singer is a retired partner of the Washington DC firm of Covington & Burling.
Mr. Singer specializes in all areas involving federal and state taxation and has extensive experience in international taxation which includes representation of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Marshall Islands in negotiating tax agreements with the US and participation in competent authority negotiations under US tax treaties. Mr. Singer served as Chairman for the Committee on Court Procedure, American Bar Association and as Chairman for the Committee on Taxation, District of Columbia Bar Association; lectured at American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, DC and George Washington University, National Law Center, Washington, DC; and has published articles in various tax journals, including articles on income taxation of bankrupt companies and individuals, litigation in US Claims Court, District Courts and Tax Court.