Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Wendi Adelson's Lawyer Lists Seven Reasons That 'Conclusively Establish Her Innocence' In Dan Markel's Murder — And Monitors Web Comments That May Give Rise To Defamation Actions Against Those Proclaiming Her Guilt
Following up on my previous post, 'The Prosecution Does Not Believe That Wendi Ordered The Hit' On Dan Markel: David Lat (Above the Law), The Dan Markel Case: Watch Your Words About Wendi Adelson:
Following up on yesterday's TaxProf Blog op-ed by Deans Boise and Morriss, The Shameful Truth Is That Many Law Schools Have Admitted Students With Low LSAT Scores To Prop Up Tuition Revenue And Now Seek To Avoid Accountability For The Ensuing Poor Bar Passage Results: Robert Anderson (Pepperdine), Deans, Denial, and the California Bar Exam:
The ABA’s Proposed 75% Bar Passage Rule And The Coming Legal Job Destruction Caused By Artificial Intelligence
Monday, December 19, 2016
It Begins . . . Department Of Education Cuts Off Federal Student Loans For Charlotte Law School, Effective Dec. 31
Following up on my previous post, ABA Places Charlotte Law School On Probation, Censures Valparaiso: U.S. Department of Education, Charlotte School of Law Denied Continued Access to Federal Student Aid Dollars:
- Bloomberg (Carol Hymowitz & Alicia Ritcey), CEOs’ Retirement Stashes Seen Flourishing Under Trump Tax Cuts
- Bloomberg (Lynnley Browning), House Republicans’ Plan for a Tax Revolution
- Bloomberg BNA (Colleen Murphy), Anti-Union Drumbeat of Trump, Congress Spells Trouble for IRS
- Bloomberg BNA (Colleen Murphy), GOP Blueprint, Trump Leave Open Questions for IRS Future
- Bloomberg BNA (Allyson Versprille), Trump Transition Team: What Does It Mean for Tax Policy?
- Financial Times, Republicans Face Corporate Tax Rebellion
Boise & Morriss: The Shameful Truth Is That Many Law Schools Have Admitted Students With Low LSAT Scores To Prop Up Tuition Revenue And Now Seek To Avoid Accountability For The Ensuing Poor Bar Passage Results
The IRS Scandal, Day 1320: How The GOP Establishment Teamed With Nancy Pelosi To Table Impeachment Vote On IRS Commissioner
- This Week's Ten Most Popular TaxProf Blog Posts
- The Inside Story of Apple's $14 Billion Tax Bill: The iPhone Came Out In 2007, So Why Was Apple Still Paying Taxes Like It Was 1990?
- Osofsky Reviews Satterthwaite's Tax Elections As Screens
- 'The Prosecution Does Not Believe That Wendi Ordered The Hit' On Dan Markel
- The IRS Scandal, Day 1318: More On Koskinen And Trump
- For The First Time, Women Outnumber Men In American Law Schools (But Not At Elite Schools)
- 2016 Tannenwald Tax Writing Competition Winners
- The Top 5 Tax Paper Downloads
- Clergy Ask Court To Reject Atheist Lawsuit Against § 107 Housing Allowances For 'Ministers Of The Gospel'
- The IRS Scandal, Day 1319: How Will The Koskinen Saga End?
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Following up on my previous post, More Law Degrees For Women, But Fewer Good Jobs: according to the just-released ABA law school data, for the first time in history, there are more women (55,766, 50.32%) than men (55,059, 49.68%) enrolled in American law schools. Women 1Ls (19,032, 51.4%) outnumber male 1Ls (18,058, 48.6%). Deborah Jones Merritt (Ohio State), A Milestone for Legal Education:
Eight of the Top 10, 20 of the Top 24, and 28 of the Top 36 law schools enroll more men than women.
The Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship has announced the winners of the 2016 tax writing competition:
First Prize $5,000:
Jesse Boretsky (Yale), Redefining a Blurry Line: A Proposal to Reform the Taxation of Pension Fund Business and Investment Income
Faculty Sponsor: Yair Listokin
Second Prize (tie, $2,000):
This week's list of the Top 5 Recent Tax Paper Downloads is the same as last week's list:
- [670 Downloads] Aggressive Tax Planning & the Ethical Tax Lawyer, by Heather M. Field (UC-Hastings)
- [344 Downloads] The Up-C Revolution, by Gregg D. Polsky (Georgia) & Adam H. Rosenzweig (Washington University)
- [312 Downloads] Estate Planning for Digital Assets: Assigning Tax Basis and Value to Digital Assets, by Elizabeth Ruth Carter (LSU)
- [289 Downloads] IRS Issues Final and Temporary Debt-Equity Regulations Under Section 385, by David S. Miller (Proskauer, New York) & Janicelynn Asamoto Park (Proskauer, New York)
- [193 Downloads] Were Trump's Fake Losses Legal as Tax Deductions?, by Calvin H. Johnson (Texas)
Clergy Ask Court To Reject Atheist Lawsuit Against § 107 Housing Allowances For 'Ministers Of The Gospel'
Following up on my previous post, Atheists Try Again To Strike § 107 Housing Allowance for 'Ministers of the Gospel':
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, South Side, Chicago Pastor Fights Discriminatory Lawsuit:
Saturday, December 17, 2016
- July 2016 California Bar Exam Results: Nine Law Schools (Including UC-Hastings) Are At Risk Of Failing ABA's Proposed New Bar Passage Accreditation Standard
- NY Times: The ‘H-Bomb’ Fizzles—The Harvard Brand Takes A Hit
- 165 Law Schools Have Reduced The Size Of Their 1L Classes Since 2011, 53 By 33% Or More
- The IRS Scandal, Day 1314: How The Trump Administration Can Stop IRS Abuse of Political Groups
- 'The Prosecution Does Not Believe That Wendi Ordered The Hit' On Dan Markel
- Does The Prosecution Believe (And Can It Prove) That Wendi Adelson (And Not Charlie Or Donna) Hired Katherine Magbanua And Sigfredo Garcia To Kill Dan Markel?
- Judge Denies Bond For Katherine Magbanua, Charged With First Degree Murder In Killing Of Dan Markel
- NY Times: GOP Embraces Alan Auerbach's Destination-Based Corporate Tax, Paving Way For Fundamental Tax Reform
- What Law Prof Learned In Suing His Law School For Admissions Data
- University Of Wisconsin Gives Administrators Final Say Over Five-Year Post-Tenure Reviews; Underperforming Faculty Will Be Placed In Remediation Program, Leading To Termination If Performance Does Not Improve
The Inside Story of Apple's $14 Billion Tax Bill: The iPhone Came Out In 2007, So Why Was Apple Still Paying Taxes Like It Was 1990?
Following up on Wednesday's post, Does The Prosecution Believe (And Can It Prove) That Wendi Adelson (And Not Charlie Or Donna) Hired Katherine Magbanua And Sigfredo Garcia To Kill Dan Markel?: David Lat (Above the Law), The Dan Markel Case: Slow Your Roll On Wendi Adelson:
Friday, December 16, 2016
This week, Ari Glogower (Ohio State) reviews a new article by Donald Marron (Urban Institute), Goldilocks Meets Private Equity: Taxing Carried Interest Just Right, 31 Tax Policy and the Economy (Urban Institute & Brookings Institution Tax Policy Center, 2016).
- ABA Journal, With question of accreditation looming, Texas OKs bar exam for UNT Dallas law grads
- ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Standard 509 Information Reports
- Above the Law, California Bar Exam Results By Law School (2016)
- Robert Anderson (Pepperdine), Top Ten Myths About the Bar Exam
- Paul Caron (Pepperdine), California Law School Deans Blast State Bar's Historically Low Pass Rate On July 2016 Exam
- Paul Caron (Pepperdine), July 2016 California Bar Exam Results: Nine Law Schools (Including UC-Hastings) Are At Risk Of Failing ABA's Proposed New Bar Passage Accreditation Standard
Tax Prof speakers at the 29th Annual George Washington-IRS International Tax Institute:
- Karen Brown (George Washington)
- Linda Galler (Hofstra)
- Daniel Hemel (Chicago)
- Robert Peroni (Texas)
- Diane Ring (Boston College)
- David Rosenbloom (NYU)
Following up on my previous posts (links below) on the July 2016 California bar exam carnage: several California law school deans have written op-eds criticizing the California State Bar for the historically low pass rate (43% overall, 62% for graduates of California's 21 ABA-approved law schools):
- Erwin Chemerinsky (Dean, UC-Irvine), Does the Bar Even Measure the Right Skills?: "An even more important question than why the results were so low this year is whether the bar exam is even measuring the skills that show a person is likely to be a competent attorney."
- David L. Faigman (Acting Dean, UC-Hastings), It's Not the State Bar's Responsibility to Control Lawyer Supply: "The issue of whether there are too many lawyers is a fair one to ask, but it is not the California Bar's job to control that supply. Such a protectionist motive, if that is the bar's intent, presents substantial policy and, possibly, legal concerns."
The IRS Scandal, Day 1317: Koskinen Says He Is Willing To Serve Another Term As IRS Commissioner If Trump Wants To Reappoint Him
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Buchanan Reviews Phillips' Registered Savings Plans And Middle Class Canada: A Performative Theory Of Tax Policy
Neil H. Buchanan (George Washington), Telling the Middle Class How to Be Middle-Class: Tax Incentives for Saving (JOTWELL) (reviewing Lisa Philipps, Registered Savings Plans and the Making of Middle Class Canada: Toward a Performative Theory of Tax Policy, 84 Fordham L. Rev. 2677 (2016)):
Following up on my last post, ABA Releases 2016 Standard 509 Information Reports For All 204 Law Schools: J.D. Enrollment Fell 2.6%, Non-J.D. Enrollment Increased 4.5%: Keith Lee mines the 2011-2016 1L matriculant data and includes great charts, sorted alphabetically and by percentage changes in 2016 from 2011 and 2015.
165 schools decreased the size of their 1L classes from 2011 to 2016, including 53 by 33% or more. 12 law schools had decreases of at least 50%:
ABA Releases 2016 Standard 509 Information Reports For All 204 Law Schools: J.D. Enrollment Fell 2.6%, Non-J.D. Enrollment Increased 4.5%
Following up on my previous post, Piketty, Saez & Zucman: Economic Growth in the United States — A Tale of Two Countries: Washington Post: It Will Take More Than Faster Growth to Reverse Inequality, by Jared Bernstein:
The IRS Scandal, Day 1316: IRS Commissioner Koskinen Says Resignation Did Not Come Up In Meeting With Trump Transition Team
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Is Malcolm Gladwell Right: Do 50% Of Harvard Law Students Take Drugs To Enhance Their Academic Performance?
Bloomberg Law, Is ‘More Than 50%’ of Harvard Law School on Drugs?:
Trump's Cabinet Will Reap Hundreds Of Millions In Tax Savings Under I.R.C. § 1043 On Sales To Avoid Conflicts Of Interest
Does The Prosecution Believe (And Can It Prove) That Wendi Adelson (And Not Charlie Or Donna) Hired Katherine Magbanua And Sigfredo Garcia To Kill Dan Markel?
Following up on Sunday's post, Judge Denies Bond For Katherine Magbanua, Charged With First Degree Murder In Killing Of Dan Markel: commenters to several websites claim that the prosecution at the bond hearing said in "closing arguments [that] 'Wendi Adelson' hired [Katherine Magbanua] and [Sigfredo Garcia] to commit the murder. No mention of Donna or Charlie [Adelson]. This was important because of all the speculation prior that Wendi was unaware and this murderous act was carried out on her behalf without her knowledge. The prosecution made a crystal clear point that Wendi ordered the hit."
Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
NY Times: GOP Embraces Alan Auerbach's Destination-Based Corporate Tax, Paving Way For Fundamental Tax Reform
New York Times: New Approach to Corporate Tax Law Has House G.O.P. Support, by Steve Lohr: