March 12, 2024


The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced the appointment of five members and leadership for the 2024 Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans, also known as the ERISA Advisory Council. Catholic Law's professor Regina Jefferson was appointed to represent the general public.

“The ERISA Advisory Council plays a fundamental role in advising the Department of Labor,” said Assistant Secretary for Employee Benefits Security Lisa M. Gomez. “We look forward to the expertise that each of the new members will bring to the council and are thankful for their invaluable contributions of time and talent.”

The council’s first meeting for 2024 will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, and is open to the public. Notice of the meeting will be published in the Federal Register and details will be available on the council web page in April.

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Jefferson is a nationally recognized authority on pension law, employee benefits, and tax law. In addition to teaching and producing a rich body of scholarship in these areas, she has been actively involved in the policy development of these fields. She has testified before Congress and briefed Congressional staff on employee benefits and tax topics. Professor Jefferson also was a delegate to the First White House Summit on Retirement Income Savings. In 2015, she was appointed by the President of the United States to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's Advisory Committee for a three year term; and in 2019 she was reappointed for a consecutive three year term.  She also currently serves as an expert on taxation to the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations.

Professor Jefferson joined the CUA faculty in 1992. She served as the Dean of the Law School from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019, and also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 2000 and 2001. Prior to joining the faculty, she was a Tax Law Specialist at the National Office of the Internal Revenue Service in the Employee Plans Division, where she specialized in qualified employee plans. From 1990 through 1992, she was a teaching fellow in the Graduate Teaching Program for Future Law Professors at Georgetown University, where her research and teaching focused on the tax aspects of private pension plans. Before attending law school, Professor Jefferson worked in the pension actuarial field.
Professor Jefferson’s scholarship focuses primarily on employee benefits and tax law. She has written extensively on the re-distributional impact of the private retirement system, the confluence of pension and tax law, the tax and actuarial aspects of the funding limitations of defined benefit plans, and the risks of defined contribution plans.