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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The First Open-Source Tax eCasebook: The Ethics of Tax Lawyering

CALI-eLangdellI previously blogged eLangdell, the open-access casebook project developed by CALI (the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction). The first tax (and first ethics) entry is The Ethics of Tax Lawyering, by Michael Hatfield (Texas Tech):

This chapter’s objective is to raise interesting tax ethics issues in practical contexts. There are 43 notes and questions to prompt and guide discussions, and primary source materials to inform the discussions (e.g., cases, IRC provisions, and Circular 230 excerpts). These Teaching Notes flesh out the notes and questions, summarize the cases, and provide additional information and suggestions for readings. Of course, the ultimate test for casebook materials lies in student interaction based on the materials, so I assigned the materials to my students, and, taking their reaction into account, I have made suggestions below as to materials to eliminate or emphasize in customizing for your own class. (Faculty: please note that a version of this chapter with teaching notes is available. Please login with your CALI account to download the teacher's notes version.)

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In the introduction of the eCasebook, why not make references to the lawyer in abstract gender neutral? It’s odd you would go out of your way to say “her” when nearly 75% of the lawyers are men. I could be wrong, but I would imagine more men to be involved in a technical area like tax then say a less rigorous area like family law, so in essence men are your target audience. Anyways making the introduction gender neutral would seriously help your book to not read like a male feminist (oxymoron) legal piece and more like objective and in this case appropriate gender neutral scholarship.

Posted by: Virgil | Feb 2, 2011 9:46:16 AM