July 28, 2007
Karen Green (Mississippi)
- B.S. 1971, Mississippi
- J.D. 1974, Mississippi
- LL.M. (Tax) 1976, NYU
I began my education as a math major at the University of Mississippi in the late 60s. When I graduated in 1971, I had two job offers -- one in the corporate trust division of a Memphis bank and one as a systems analyst for IBM. Somewhat oddly, considering my love of math and computer programming, I chose the bank job and became interested in becoming a securities lawyer. I returned to Mississippi to attend law school, where I discovered that I enjoyed all things tax -- corporate, partnership, individual, etc. Upon graduation from law school, I immediately entered the graduate tax program at NYU, which was a wonderful academic experience for me.
During my year at NYU, one of my former law professors, who taught in the estate & gift tax field, retired and I was offered the opportunity to teach tax. When I began teaching, women were just beginning to increase their numbers in law school and there were very few in the field of taxation. In fact, I spoke at many meetings of practicing lawyers around the southeastern part of the country where I would be introduced as the “best female tax attorney in Mississippi.” Of course, at the time, I was the only female tax attorney in the state. I have spent many years focusing on current issues in the estate tax field and speaking to practicing attorneys and other professional groups. However, I have most enjoyed teaching in the area of partnership tax, which I teach both at Mississippi and at the Alabama LL.M. tax program. I think it has a certain special appeal for math types and it is such a hot topic with the growth of private equity and hedge funds. During my career, I was also lucky enough to serve as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs under Dean Louis Westerfield, our first African-American dean, which turned out to be a challenging and very rewarding experience.
Outside of my work, I enjoy trading stocks in a small investment account, where I place bets on companies with legal problems. My husband and I are currently restoring an 1850s farmhouse where we’ll retire in the next few years, which will open a nice faculty position here in the delightful town of Oxford for some bright young tax scholar.
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