North Dakota Community Foundation

The More Things Change: Charitable Gift Planning in an Altered Landscape

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Holiday Inn 3803 13th Ave SW Fargo ND 58103
Speaker: Russ Willis, JD

Until recently based in Portland, Oregon, now transplanted to Tucson, Arizona, Russ works as a freelance paralegal consultant with nonprofits, donors, and their advisors in structuring charitable contributions of closely held business and real property interests, so as to serve the mutual advantage of all parties. He also provides legal research and advice on income and transfer tax planning more generally, and writes the occasional trial or appellate brief.

For ten years, Russ was a writer and editor for a subscription website that provided daily coverage and in-depth analysis of developments in tax law affecting charitable gift planning. More recently he has launched his own newsletter, the "Jack Straw Fortnightly," copies of which are posted to his website.

Russ has spoken at any number of national and regional conferences, and to local planned giving roundtables, community foundations, and bar associations.

Russ has an undergraduate degree in English literature from Indiana University in Bloomington and a master's in English from the University of Chicago. He earned his J.D. at St. Louis University and his master's in taxation law at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he practiced law for more than twenty years.


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