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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Christopher Hanna Named Senior Policy Advisor to Senate Finance Committee

Hanna Christopher H. Hanna (SMU) has been named Senior Policy Advisor for Tax Reform on the minority staff of the Senate Finance Committee:

He joins the Committee after serving as the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor and Professor of Law at SMU, where he has received the Dr. Don M. Smart Teaching Award for excellence in teaching at SMU Law School on eight separate occasions. Prior to SMU, Christopher was a tax attorney with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Steptoe & Johnson. In 1998, Professor Hanna served as a consultant in residence to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. From June 2000 until April 2001, he assisted the U.S. Joint Committee on Taxation in its complexity study of the U.S. tax system and, from May 2002 until February 2003, he assisted the Joint Committee in its study of Enron, and upon completion of the study, continued to serve as a consultant to the Joint Committee on tax legislation.

(Hat Tip: John Prebble.)

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I had the privilege of sitting in Professor Hanna's Income Tax class the first year he taught at SMU. There were a group of us in our third year that sat in the back, dreading the class and taking it only for bar prep. By the end of the semester, we all loved tax law and I seriously considered getting an LLM in tax. Professor Hanna is a gifted teacher, kind human being, and a brilliant thinker. I am glad to see his talent is being recognized at higher levels. But, I am very, very sad to see him leave SMU.

Posted by: Debbie Eberts | Feb 22, 2011 4:09:09 PM

Not surprising pick here. Given that a prof heads Finance committee and has no ties to the D.C. political establishment, it is no surprise that she chooses another prof to come on board. I do not know how many more profs she can recruit, but she will need some experience hill staffers if she is going to get anything real done.

Posted by: tax guy | Feb 22, 2011 9:33:39 PM

Does SMU have any full-time tax professors left?!

Posted by: smu | Feb 23, 2011 2:05:44 PM