Ira was a professor at the University of Houston Law Center from 1975 to 2011, where he is now an emeritus professor of law. Before that he taught at the University of Georgia School of Law (1971-75); he was a visiting professor at the University of North Carolina Law School, 1980-81. He received his baccalaureate degree from Harvard College in 1958 and his law degree from Harvard University in 1964, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He was the Special Advisor to the Southern Federal Tax Institute from 1974 to 2010. He has chaired the Continuing Legal Education and Research Committee of the American Bar Association Tax Section and the planning committee for the University of Texas Tax Conference, and has been president of the Wednesday Tax Forum. He sat for many years on the board of the (Houston) International Tax Forum and the council of the Houston Bar Association Tax Section. He is a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.