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Saturday, October 28, 2006

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For over 30 years, the University of Florida Graduate Tax Program has been one of the nation's leading programs for the advanced study of tax law. Among the country's 30 graduate tax programs, Florida has by far the largest number of full-time faculty and is the only school to offer three advanced tax degrees:

   

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Graduate tax students assist in the publication of the Florida Tax Review, one of the most prestigious peer-reviewed tax journals in the country.  In this 12-part series, TaxProf Blog will profile the Florida Graduate Tax Faculty.  We conclude the series with profiles of Florida's two visiting tax faculty.

Polsky_1_1 Gregg Polsky is visiting Florida this year from Minnesota:

I grew up in South Florida playing tennis—a lot of tennis. I’d estimate about 300 days a year between the ages of 10 and 22. Although I became pretty good at the game, playing competitive junior tennis in South Florida is quite a humbling experience. When I was a senior in high school, the player that was then the #1 ranked junior tennis player in the world was seeded third in the district tournament! My modest claim to tennis fame occurred when my doubles partner and I won the Florida state high school doubles championship (prior winners include Jim Courier) in my senior year. I attribute this accomplishment mainly (exclusively?) to my luck in having a truly gifted doubles partner (Brian Stanton), who later became an NCAA All-American at FSU. My decision about where to attend college was driven mainly by tennis. When my college career was over, I stopped playing tennis completely and swore that I’d never pick up a racket again.

Having given up tennis, I took a renewed interest in academics when I started law school at the University of Florida. I found that I really enjoyed learning and thinking about legal issues and problems. I also learned that I strangely loved tax law. This led me to enter the terrific LL.M. program at Florida and, upon graduation from the LL.M. program, to work in the tax department of the Miami office of White & Case, where I learned a tremendous amount about the real-world practice of tax law in only a few years.

I am now at the University of Minnesota Law School. I feel extremely fortunate to be at this great law school despite my nontraditional law teaching background. Ironically, in the Twin Cities I recently started playing tennis again after a ten year hiatus. This year, I am back in Gainesville, teaching at the University of Florida. Though I very much miss my friends and colleagues in the Twin Cities, it’s been nice being much closer to my family and my wife Rina’s family. And it’s great to play outdoor tennis in late autumn!

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