Monday, September 4, 2017
Following up on last month's post, The LSAT's 'Noteworthy' Correlation To Bar Passage: The National Jurist op-ed: A Little Bit of Data Can Be a Lot Dangerous, by Aaron Taylor (St. Louis; Executive Director, AccessLex Center for Legal Education Excellence):
Sunday, September 3, 2017
Lesley McAllister, an environmental law professor at San Diego (2005-13) and UC-Davis (2013-), died on August 30 at the age of 47 after a four year battle against cancer. She leaves behind her husband Andrew and two young children, Erin and Nathan. A Celebration of Lesley's Life is being held today at 4:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions in Lesley's honor may be made to Camp Kesem, a camp that helps children whose parents have cancer.
I got to know Leslie during my many summers at USD, and we often were neighbors in a suite of faculty offices. I prevailed on her to take over our network's Environmental Law Prof Blog, which she did with her customary élan.
There is quite a bit of movement in this week's list of the Top 5 Recent Tax Paper Downloads, with a new #1 paper and a new paper debuting on the list at #5:
- [501 Downloads] The Front Door Opens Wide for the Backdoor Roth IRA, by Philip Manns (Liberty) & Timothy Todd (Liberty)
- [495 Downloads] Federal Tax Procedure (2017 Practitioner Ed.), by John Townsend (Houston)
- [238 Downloads] BEPS and European Union Law, by Sjoerd Douma (Leiden)
- [226 Downloads] Is Efficiency Biased?, by Zachary Liscow (Yale)
- [157 Downloads] When Did Tax Avoidance Become Respectable?, by Steven Bank (UCLA)
A nice write up of Pepperdine's new LL.M. program in Entertainment, Media, and Sports Law in Lawyer & Statesman, Entertainment, Media and Sports Law: Becoming an Expert:
Saturday, September 2, 2017
- The IRS Is Mining Taxpayer Data On Social Media In Violation Of Federal Privacy Law
- Law Prof Who Sued Dean For Assault Loses Round 2
- The IRS Scandal, Day 1576: Will Justice Come For IRS Lawbreakers At Last?
- Florida Increases Median LSAT And GPA Of Entering Class, Fueling Rise Toward The Top 35
- The IRS Scandal, Day 1572: Why Did It Go Away?
- The Top 100 Law Schools, Based On 5-, 10-, And 15-Year Rolling Average U.S. News Rankings
- How Stephen Ross' $33 Million Gift To The University Of Michigan Ended Up In Tax Court
- Former Charlotte Law Prof's Whistleblower Lawsuit Claims School Bilked $285 Million From Taxpayers
- California Mulls Taxing Robots
- California Bar Law School Council Recommends Lowering Cut Score to 135-139; Bar Examiners Recommend Keeping It At 144
Wall Street Journal, What Tops the Agenda for a New Space Colony? A Debate Over Taxes:
Friday, September 1, 2017
- The Atlantic, The Case for a Millionaire Tax
- The Atlantic, Trump's Fill-in-the-Blanks Tax Reform Plan
- Bloomberg, GOP's Pro-Family Tax Reform Might Have a Catch
- Bloomberg, Trump’s Tax Pitch Will Be Populist, But Bill May Benefit Elites
- Bloomberg BNA, Conservative Groups Seen as Crucial Allies on Tax Reform
- Bloomberg View (Tyler Cowen), How a Good Tax Reform Goes Bad
- Above the Law, A Law School's Quest to Scale the Rankings
- Martha M. Ertman (Maryland), Developing Professional Skills: Secured Transactions (Introduction)
- Ian Holloway (Calgary) & Steven Friedland (Elon), The Double Life of Law Schools
- Lori D. Johnson, Jeanne Frazier Price, & Eric H. Franklin (all UNLV), Research Instruction and Resources in the Transactional Skills Classroom: Approaches to Incorporating Research Instruction into Transactional Skills Courses
California Bar Law School Council Recommends Lowering Cut Score to 135-139; Bar Examiners Recommend Keeping It At 144
A California Bar survey revealed that 80% of attorneys surveyed (34,295) and 2% of applicants (4,188) support leaving the cut score at 144:
On Thursday, the Committee of Bar Examiners voted 13-1 to recommend leaving the cut score at 144.
The California Bar's Board of Trustees will meet on September 6 and 7 to make its recommendation to the California Supreme Court.
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Charlotte Observer, Sorry, Charlotte. You Don’t Need a Law School, Officials Say.:
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Thursday, August 31, 2017
For my Southern California friends: I have the great honor of speaking this Sunday (Sept. 3) at Pepperdine University's campus church service held in Elkins Auditorium starting at 10:15 am. The title of my talk is From Moses to Hamilton: A Dean’s Journey. For a teaser, see C.S. Lewis & Lin-Manuel Miranda: How I Found My Faith In Mere Christianity And Deepened It In Hamilton:
Washington Post, Fact-checking President Trump’s Speech on His Tax Plan:
Following up on Paul's previous post, Tax Court Denies Billionaire's $33m Charitable Deduction; Did University Of Michigan 'Rent Its Brand To Brazen 10:1 Tax Avoidance Scheme'?: Detroit Free Press, How Stephen M. Ross' Gift to the University of Michigan Ended Up in Tax Court:
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
New York Times op-ed: It’s a Myth That Corporate Tax Cuts Mean More Jobs, by Sarah Anderson (Institute for Policy Studies):
Following up on last month's post, Did 'Trump Bump' Cause Surge Of LSAT Test-Takers?: a survey of law school applicants by Blueprint LSAT Preparation revealed that over 52% listed the Trump presidency as “moderately influential” to “very influential” in their decision to apply to law school:
New York Times, Trump Tax Plan May Free Up Corporate Dollars, but Then What?:
National Law Journal, 'Horrific' Storm Shutters Houston-Area Law Schools:
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
New York Times op-ed: White Supremacist Groups Don’t Deserve Tax Exemptions, by David J. Herzig (Valparaiso) & Samuel D. Brunson (Loyola-Chicago):
Bloomberg View: Move Americans to Jobs, Not the Other Way Around: Give People a Tax Incentive to Seek Out Opportunity., by Mihir Desai (Harvard):
Bradley A. Areheart (Tennessee), The Top 100 Law Reviews: A Reference Guide Based on Historical USNWR Data:
Here are the Top 25 law schools based on their 10-year rolling average overall U.S. News ranking:
Monday, August 28, 2017
Following up on my previous post, Charlotte Law School Closes 'Effective Immediately': Charlotte Observer, Charlotte School of Law Bilked $285 Million From Taxpayers, Former Faculty Member Says:
At its meeting held on August 11, 2017, the Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar approved for Notice and Comment proposed revisions to Standard 106 (Separate Locations and Branch Campuses) of the ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools. Comments must be submitted here by Friday, September 22. A hearing on the proposed changes is scheduled for Thursday, September 28 in Chicago.
Remembrances of Harry Grubert:
- Rosanne Altshuler, Professor, Rutgers University
- Hugh Ault, Professor Emeritus, Boston College Law School
- Edith Brashares, Director of Business and International Taxation, U.S. Treasury Department
- Dhammika Dharmapala, Julius Kreeger Professor of Law, University of Chicago School of Law
- Mihir Desai, Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance, Harvard Business School and Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Following up on my previous posts (links below): Florida is continuing its march toward Dean Laura Rosenbury's goal to increase its U.S. News ranking to the Top 35 (from 41 this year and 48 last year). Florida increased its median LSAT (to 161, from 160 in 2016 and 157 in 2015) and UGPA (to 3.69, from 3.60 in 2016 and 3.50 in 2015) while keeping the entering class roughly flat (301, compared to 314 in 2016 and 310 in 2015), fueled by raising $4.5 million in non-endowed scholarship funds:
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Sunday, August 27, 2017
NY Times: Will the Republican Tax Bill Be Aimed At The Past (Good Politics) Or The Future (Good Economics)?
There is a bit of movement in this week's list of the Top 5 Recent Tax Paper Downloads, with a new paper debuting on the list at #5:
- [664 Downloads] Family Limited Partnerships and Section 2036: Not Such a Good Fit, by Mitchell Gans (Hofstra) & Jonathan Blattmachr (Milbank, New York)
- [481 Downloads] The Front Door Opens Wide for the Backdoor Roth IRA, by Philip Manns (Liberty) & Timothy Todd (Liberty)
- [444 Downloads] Federal Tax Procedure (2017 Practitioner Ed.), by John Townsend (Houston)
- [222 Downloads] BEPS and European Union Law, by Sjoerd Douma (Leiden)
- [182 Downloads] Is Efficiency Biased?, by Zachary Liscow (Yale)