Saturday, October 27, 2007
This week's Tax Prof Spotlight continues a series of profiles of folks starting their careers this fall as law school tax professors. I hope the profiles will help introduce our newest colleagues to the tax community.
Adam Rosenzweig (Washington University)
- B.A. 1995, UCLA
- J.D. 1998, Georgetown
- LL.M. (Tax) 2002, NYU
Similar to many others, tax law was not the field in which I envisioned I would dedicate my professional and academic life when I enrolled in law school. However, as is often the case, my path was paved by learning from and working with some of the best teachers and mentors one could hope for. In particular, I have had the great fortune to be affiliated with three of the finest tax law programs in the country - as a student at Georgetown and NYU, and as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Northwestern.
In retrospect, I can honestly say that I was interested in pursuing an academic career since I started studying the law. At the time, however, each step along the path of my career seemed unrelated to such an end
I enrolled at Georgetown not knowing whether I wanted to pursue a career in law at all, let alone a career in tax law. After several tax classes at Georgetown and an editorial position on The Tax Lawyer, however, I decided to accept a position as an associate in the tax department at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York while simultaneously pursuing an LL.M. in Taxation at NYU part-time. I took a one-year leave of absence from both to clerk for the Honorable James L. Dennis of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, after which I returned to New York to continue at STB and to complete my LLM. The one thing all of these experiences shared was that they permitted me to delve (to differing degrees) into the policy implications of the law -- which increasingly fascinated me. By the time I completed my LL.M., I decided to pursue these academic aspects of the tax law as a full-time career. When the opportunity to teach at Northwestern as a Visiting Assistant Professor arose shortly thereafter, I immediately jumped at the chance. After two incredibly rewarding years at Northwestern, I recently joined the faculty at Washington University, where I will teach Basic Tax and International Tax as regular parts of my teaching package. My colleagues and the staff at Washington University have been wonderful, and I am excited to teach my first International Tax class this fall.
With respect to my scholarship, I intend to combine my interest and background in alternative investment funds and financial instruments with my interest in cross-border and international transactions. To this end, I have co-authored an essay on the tax treatment of partners in service partnerships [Anachronisms in Subchapter K of the Internal Revenue Code – Is it Time to Part With Section 736?, 100 Nw. U. L. Rev. 379 (2006)], and recently published an article on international tax arbitrage [Harnessing the Costs of International Tax Arbitrage, 26 Va. Tax Rev. 555 (2007)]. I am currently working on articles considering the cross-border tax aspects of hedge funds trading in derivatives and the international relations aspects of international tax more broadly. In addition, I recently joined Sandy Guerin and Philip Postlewaite as a co-author on the (hopefully soon to be) forthcoming Seventh Edition of the Aspen casebook, Problems and Materials in Federal Income Taxation. In between, I try to maximize my time with my wonderful and supportive wife Andrea (without whom I would not be where I am today) and our two sons Samuel Lee (age 2 ½) and Henry Fisher (7 mos.) as we explore Saint Louis. To the extent any time is left, I hope to return to jogging and golf, to which I have devoted less time than I would have liked over the past couple of years.
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