Saturday, September 17, 2005
This week's Tax Prof Spotlight continues our series of profiles of folks starting their careers this fall as tax professors at American law schools. We hope the profiles will help introduce our newest colleagues to the tax community. [If you are, or know of someone who is, a beginning tax professor, please email me here to be included in the series.]
Adam Rosenzweig (Northwestern)
- B.A. 1995, UCLA
- J.D. 1998, Georgetown
- LL.M. (Taxation) 2002, NYU
As with most beginning law students, tax law was not the field in which I envisioned I would dedicate my professional and academic life. However, my path was laid by exposure to the intrigue, challenge and wonder of the tax law by the tax faculty at Georgetown, including David Weisbach, Marty Ginsburg and Peter Weidenbruch. My second year led to membership (and eventually an editorial position) on The Tax Lawyer law journal, and by my third year (and after several tax courses), my path to a career in tax was a certainty. After Georgetown, I was incredibly fortunate to be able to pursue both my academic and professional interests in tax by practicing in the tax department at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York while attending the graduate tax program at NYU part-time. I took one year off from the practice of tax law and the NYU LLM program to clerk for Judge James L. Dennis of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans (Judge Dennis and his wife are doing fine and are relocated in Lafayette, LA temporarily, although his chambers in the John Minor Wisdom US Court of Appeals building is probably not doing so well). I returned from New Orleans to New York to continue practice at Simpson Thacher and finish my LLM at NYU.
I found the combination of developing my technical tax skills in the practice of tax law while at the same time focusing on tax policy and theory in my studies a wonderful and exciting combination. After completing my LLM, I decided to pursue the academic aspects of the tax law that had so appealed to me throughout my career. When the opportunity arose to teach and pursue scholarship as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Tax Program at Northwestern, I immediately jumped at the chance. This semester I am teaching Tax Procedure and co-teaching a Tax Policy seminar, and I will teach Basic Tax in the spring. I am finishing an article co-authored with Philip Postlewaite on Anachronisms in Subchapter K of the Internal Revenue Code for the 100th anniversary edition of the Northwestern University Law Review, and am pursuing research in expanding this concept to broader statutory regimes in the Code. As (if not more) important, my wife Andrea, nine-month old son Samuel Lee and I are trying to enjoy the good weather and activities that Chicago has to offer as much as possible before we experience our first Chicago winter!
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