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Pepperdine University School of Law

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Tax Panels at SEALS

SEALs Logo Tax and related panels at this week's Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, Florida:

The Internal Revenue Code of 2020: What Should It Include?:  This panel will address various tax reform proposals. Likely and potential topics include estate tax reform (e.g., reuniting the estate and gift tax exemption levels), income tax reform (e.g., reparation-rooted modification of income exclusion rules for certain litigation damages), and elimination of established gain/loss calculation tools (e.g., carryover basis).

  • Leandra Lederman (Indiana-Bloomington) (moderator)
  • Bobby Dexter (Chapman)
  • Joseph Dodge (Florida State)
  • Charlene Luke (Florida)

The Changing Worlds of Trusts and Estates: Scholarship:  Much trusts and estates scholarship has focused on the development of doctrine within the field itself. This panel focuses on expanding ways of studying trusts and estates, including innovations in doctrine, and new research that uses trusts and estates concepts in other areas of the law, including topics such as Private Trust Companies and their Implications for Democracy.

  • Lee-Ford Tritt (Florida) (moderator)
  • Bridget Crawford (Pace)
  • Iris Goodwin (Tennessee)
  • Mary Radford (Georgia State)
  • Lucia Silecchia (Catholic)

Retirement Planning: From the Last Day of Work to the Last Day of Life:  Today's retirees face more than lazy afternoons on front-porch rocking chairs. With retirement plan assets providing less reliable support than many seniors expected, thoughtful planning is essential and tough choices are increasingly common. Changes in employee benefit laws or plan performance may alter how employers should design retirement plans or how workers should save for retirement. Modern economic conditions and the impending baby boomer retirement wave create fertile ground for critical elder law concerns, from long-term disability planning to elder poverty to seniors who reenter the workforce. This collaborative panel, representing employee benefits, elder law, trusts and estates, and tax perspectives, will discuss the legal challenges that today's seniors face between the last day in the office and the last day among the living (assuming the luck that these are not the same day). This panel is designed not only for professors whose research or teaching interests include employee benefits or trusts and estates, but for those who are considering retirement or death for themselves someday.

  • Patrick Tolan (Barry) (moderator)
  • Paul Secunda (Marquette)
  • Alyssa DiRusso (Cumberland)
  • Don Castleman (Wake Forest)
  • Francine Lipman (Chapman)

Executive Compensation in Recessionary Times:  This panel will step back and begin to assess the flurry of activity from the last few years around regulating executive compensation. As we begin to emerge from the recession, we can ask: were the measures implemented, including such steps as the appointment of a government "compensation czar," limited to the unique circumstances of billion-dollar bailouts and the danger of another great depression? Or were these necessary correctives to an under-regulated market that needs continued government involvement to ensure that incentives are properly aligned? In answering these questions, the panelists will also try to revisit first principles about the aims of executive compensation regulation.

  • Jason Solomon (Georgia)
  • Omari Simmons (Wake Forest)
  • Gregg Polsky (North Carolina)
  • Brett McDonnell (Minnesota)
  • Miriam Cherry (McGeorge)

The Role of ERISA in Health Care Reform:  The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) is a federal law regulating the administration of employer-sponsored benefit plans, including health insurance benefits. ERISA has played a significant role in state-level health care reform – consider the effect of ERISA's preemption provisions on large-scale state-level reforms such as pay-or-play laws or individual mandates. Today, health care reform is on the national agenda, and ERISA continues to play a significant role. Debate continues on a range of ERISArelated topics, including: the continuing role of employer-based coverage; tax incentives for individuals and businesses; the regulation of health insurance on the state and federal levels; and universal coverage and individual mandates. The panelists will examine the past, present and future role of ERISA in health care reform's failures and successes.

  • Janice McClendon (Stetson) (moderator)
  • Elizabeth Pendo (St. Louis)
  • Kathryn Moore (Kentucky)
  • Eric Chason (William & Mary)
  • Susan Cancelosi (Wayne State)

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