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Monday, January 31, 2011

Samford, Northwestern Win 2010 ABA Law Student Tax Challenge

LSTC The ABA Tax Section has released the list of winners of the 2010 Law Student Tax Challenge:

The contest features J.D. and LL.M. divisions, both of which compete in two person teams that research the tax issues involved, and then submit technical memoranda and client letters with their solutions. The teams’ written submissions are judged by tax practitioners from across the country; the teams with the best written submissions are chosen to present their tax planning strategies before the competition judges at the section’s Midyear Meeting in Boca Raton, Florida.

“We were pleased this year to have a record number of entries,” said Charles H. Egerton, chair, ABA Section of Taxation. “Ninety-five J.D. teams and 31 LL.M. teams, from 55 law schools, submitted their solutions to a challenging, complex tax planning problem that involved individual and business entity issues.”  

J.D. Division:

  • 1st Place:  Samford -- Wes Hill & Sims Rhyne III (Brannon Denning, faculty coach)
  • 2nd Place:  Cleveland State -- Caryn Gross & Michael Tangry (Deborah Geier, faculty coach)
  • 3rd Place:  William & Mary -- Peter Farrell & Jonathan Puvak (William Richardson, faculty coach)
  • Best Written Submission:  William & Mary -- Peter Farrell & Jonathan Puvak (William Richardson, faculty coach)
  • Runner-Up Best Written Submission:  Cleveland State -- Caryn Gross & Michael Tangry (Deborah Geier, faculty coach)
  • Semi-finalist #1: Kentucky -- Leah Chalkley & Patrick Kern (Jennifer Bird-Pollan, faculty coach)
  • Semi-finalist #2:  Florida -- Ben Friedman & Christopher Mikes (Charlene Luke, faculty coach)
  • Semi-finalist #3:  Liberty -- Tim Todd & Melissa Ogden (Philip Manns, faculty coach)

LL.M. Division:

  • 1st Place:  Northwestern -- Judson Bryant & John Goodell (Robert Wootton, faculty coach)
  • 2nd Place:  Temple -- Travis Wheeler & Jeanmarie Dunn-Kane (Andrea Monroe, faculty coach) 
  • Best Written Submission:  Missouri-K.C. -- Nicholas Bracco & Samuel Burnett (Judith Wiseman, faculty coach)
  • Finalist #1:  Missouri-K.C. -- Nicholas Bracco & Samuel Burnett (Judith Wiseman, faculty coach)
  • Finalist #2:  Denver -- Jennifer Jewkes & Matthew Wiseman (Alicia Buckingham, faculty coach)

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