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Friday, December 30, 2005

Jim "Doogie Howser" Maule

Doogie_2I feel like a piker next to Jim Maule:  he reports that he has just completed teaching Partnership Tax for the 46th time at Villanova!  How has he done so despite not having yet hit 55 years of age?  He notes that he began his law school teaching career in his 20's.  I guess he is the Doogie Howser of the tax professoriate! 


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It's amazing that Jim is still sane after 46 rounds of teaching partnership tax. The paradoxes in partnership tax resemble those in quantum mechanics. Just as an electron is both a wave and a particle at the same time, a partnership is both an entity and an aggregation of individual partners. The basis and interest redemption rules are where the two aspects collide, and the best advice I can give students is "If you don't understand it, you're right."

Posted by: Gwailo | Dec 31, 2005 4:43:34 PM

OK, first off, I teach Partnership Taxation every semester. Too risky letting it sit unattended for six months. Guess how many people are in line demanding a chance to teach it? There's your answer... the space after the question mark.

I use quantum physics analogies sometimes. Students stare at me. They have no clue. I went to Wharton. I was required to take a course in classical physics and a course in quantum physics. At Wharton.

Oh well. A generation of students totally deprived of some of the most interesting intellectual challenges. Once we tire of the philosophers, I suggest we bring in physicists to teach law courses. The lab sessions ought to be a blast. Literally. :-)

Posted by: Jim Maule | Dec 31, 2005 5:07:58 PM

Oh, and who says I'm still sane?

Or ever was?


Posted by: Jim Maule | Dec 31, 2005 5:09:00 PM

If you count how often you have to repeat yourself to be understood in Partnership Tax, I taught it eight times in the first semester.

Posted by: Jack Bog | Jan 1, 2006 1:18:16 AM