Friday, June 25, 2010
- Steve Black (Franklin Pierce) to LSU (2010-11)
- Neil Buchanan (George Washington) to Cornell (Visiting Scholar, Fall 2010)
- Paul Caron (Cincinnati) to San Diego (Summer 2010) and Pepperdine (Spring 2011)
- David Elkins (Netanaya College School of Law, Israel) to SMU (Fall 2010)
- Vic Fleischer (Colorado) to NYU (Fall 2010)
- Cliff Fleming (BYU) to Central European University, Hungary (April 2010) and Murdoch University, Australia (June 2010)
- Terri Lynn Helge (Texas-Wesleyan) to Baylor (Summer 2010)
- Henry Lischer (SMU) to Georgetown (Fall 2010)
- Gary Lucas (Texas-Wesleyan) to Florida State (Spring 2011)
- Ruth Mason (Connecticut) to Yale (2010-11)
- Jack Miller (Idaho) to U. Washington (2010-11)
- Shari Motro (Richmond) to Georgetown (Spring 2011)
- George Mundstock (Miami) to San Diego (Summer and Fall 2010)
- Adam Rosenzweig (Washington U.) to Texas (2010-11)
- Walter Schwidetzky (Baltimore) to California Western (2009-10)
- Andre Smith (Florida International) to Widener-Wilmington (2010-11)
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Following up on this morning's post, BC Dean John Garvey Named President of Catholic University -- Boston College Law School is in capable hands, as newly-minted Associate Deans of Academic Affairs (and Tax Profs) James R. Repetti (left) and Diane Ring (right) mind the store, pending the appointment of an Interim Dean and, ultimately, a permanent Dean.
- John Attanasio, Tribute for Regis Campfield, 63 SMU L. Rev. 3 (2010)
- Charles O. Galvin, Tribute to Regis W. Campfield, 63 SMU L. Rev. 5 (2010)
- Christopher H. Hanna, Regis W. Campfield: Friend and Colleague, 63 SMU L. Rev. 7 (2010)
- Henry J. Lischer, Jr., Regis W. Campfield, My Accomplished Colleague, 63 SMU L. Rev. 9 (2010)
- Joshua C. Tate, Regis W. Campfield: Colleague, Mentor, and Friend, 63 SMU L. Rev. 13 (2010)
Monday, June 7, 2010
I am back in San Diego for my seventh summer teaching Tax I at the University of San Diego School of Law, my second as the Herzog Summer Visiting Professor in Taxation. San Diego is truly America's Finest City, with spectacular weather, natural beauty, and a dizzying array of things to do. But what is even more enjoyable is renewing acquaintances with the many friends we have made over the years here (not to mention satisfying my hankering for this).
Thursday, June 3, 2010
The IRS Professor in Residence reports directly to the Chief Counsel and provides advice and assistance on a variety of legal issues within the scope of his or her expertise. The program provides some of the nation’s top legal academics the opportunity to contribute to the development of legal tax policy and administration. ...
Crane has been a professor at the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago since 1982, teaching both in the J.D. program and the Graduate Tax Program. She has been active in the Tax Committee of the American Association of Law Schools, the American Bar Association Tax Section, and currently serves as President of the Order of the Coif. ... Prior to joining the Northwestern faculty, Crane worked at the Hopkins and Sutter law firm in Chicago. She clerked for Judge Wade McCree on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and Justice Harry A. Blackmun on the Supreme Court of the United States. She earned her J.D. magna cum laude at the University of Michigan and her B.A. magna cum laude from Radcliffe College in Harvard University.
Prior Professors in Residence:
- 2009-10: Jon Forman (Oklahoma)
- 2008-09: David Hasen (Penn State; moving to Santa Clara)
- 2007-08: Greg D. Polsky (Florida State; moving to North Carolina)
- 2007: Calvin H. Johnson (Texas)
- 1990-91: Laurence B. Wohl (Dayton) & Lawrence A. Zelenak (North Carolina)
- 1988-89: Marilyn E. Brookens (Baylor), Mark W. Cochran (St. Mary’s) & Stanley D. Neeleman (BYU)
- 1987-88: William H. Lyons (Nebraska), Scott A. Taylor (New Mexico)
- 1986-87: Martin J. McMahon, Jr. (Kentucky), Daniel L. Simmons (UC-Davis)
- 1985-86: J. Clifton Fleming, Jr. (BYU) & Robert J. Peroni (Tulane)
- 1984-85: Alan S. Schenk (Wayne State), Henry J. Lischer, Jr. (SMU)
- 1982-83: Daniel Goldberg (Maryland)
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Professor Harvey is currently the Senior Advisor to IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman and is responsible for providing him guidance on matters of policy and tax administration. He was appointed to his position in August 2008 and works closely with the IRS Chief Counsel's office, the Treasury Department Office of Tax Policy, the Department of Justice, and various Congressional staff.
While at the IRS, Professor Harvey has been substantially involved in many high profile tax issues, including: (i) the IRS's administrative and legislative efforts surrounding unreported offshore accounts, (ii) the IRS's proposal to require corporations to disclose tax issues on their return, and (iii) the LILO/SILO settlement initiative. He also has been involved in many other tax policy and administration issues.
Friday, May 28, 2010
After graduating from law school in 1987, Professor Alstott spent three years as an associate at a Wall Street law firm and two years as an attorney-advisor in the Treasury Department's Office of Tax Legislative Counsel. In 1992, she joined the faculty of the Columbia University School of Law as an associate professor. At Columbia, she won the Professor Willis L.M. Reese Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 1997, she became a tenured professor of law at Yale, where she twice won the Yale Law Women teaching award. In 2004, Yale named her the Jacquin D. Bierman Professor of Taxation. She arrived at Harvard in 2008.
This is an important move by Yale to shore up its tax curriculum following the loss of tax legend Michael Graetz to Columbia. (The departures of Alstott and Gratez likely explain why Yale dropped out of the U.S. News & World Report tax rankings this year for the first time (following a nosedive from #10 to #19 in last year's rankings).
Friday, May 21, 2010
Following up on my prior post: the Associated Press reports that Tax Prof I. Richard Gershon (former Dean of Texas-Wesleyan and founding Dean of Charleston) has been named Dean at the University of Mississippi School of Law, effective July 1. (Hat Tip: Dan Filler.)
Monday, May 17, 2010
“I’m glad to welcome Lily back to the Senate Finance Committee’s tax team. Lily’s wide range of experience and expert knowledge of tax and public policy make her an invaluable advisor to the Finance Committee as we continue our efforts to create jobs, help small businesses grow, close the tax gap and explore tax reform,” said Baucus. “I’m pleased to have Lily on board and know she’ll be a real asset to the Committee.”
Batchelder currently serves as a Professor of Law and Public Policy at New York University School of Law, as Affiliated Faculty at New York University Wagner School of Public Service and as an Affiliated Scholar with the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. Prior to that, she was an Assistant Professor and an Associate Professor at New York University School of Law and a visiting professor at Harvard Law School. She has worked as a Tax Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and conducted research as a Wiener Fellow at the Wiener Center on Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Batchelder has also worked in the New York State Government, as a social worker, as a law clerk for the Senate Finance Committee’s tax office and for the Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice. She has testified as a tax policy expert before the Senate Finance Committee and the Joint Economic Committee.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Tax Profs I. Richard Gershon (former Dean at Charleston) and Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz(Vice Chancellor for Business and Financial Affairs and J.Y. Sanders Professor of Law at LSU) are two of the three finalists for the University of Mississippi School of Law deanship. (The third candidate is Fred Slabach, Executive Secretary of the Truman Scholarship Foundation and former Dean at Texas-Wesleyan, a University of Mississippi School of Law graduate.)
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Jack writes the wildly popular blog, Jack Bog's Blog. I had the pleasure of consulting on a case with Jack several years ago, which gave me the opportunity to witness first hand his mastery of federal tax valuation issues.
Professor Bogdanski practiced in Portland as a partner at Stoel Rives. He has taught at Lewis & Clark since leaving practice in 1986. In the fall of 1992 he was a visiting professor of law at Stanford University. He is a five-time winner of Lewis & Clark's Leo Levenson Award for excellence in law teaching, which was most recently bestowed upon him by the class of 2003. He supervises the school's tax moot court team that has won national honors, and he founded and runs a volunteer clinic to assist international students with U.S. tax issues. ... He is the author of the treatise Federal Tax Valuation and the editor-in-chief of the bimonthly journal Valuation Strategies. He ... is currently the Closely Held Business and Valuation columnist for Estate Planning magazine.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Lawrence Lokken, Hugh Culverhouse Eminent Scholar in Taxation at the University of Florida College of Law, is taking emeritus status this fall. He is moving to the University of Miami School of Law next January as Professor of Law. Larry is the co-author of the acclaimed multi-volumne treatise, Federal Taxation of Income, Estates & Gifts (with Boris I. Bittker).
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
John A. Miller (Idaho) & Robert Pikowsky (Georgia Institute of Technology) have posted Taxation and the Sabbatical: Doctrine, Planning, and Policy, 63 Tax Law. ___ (2010), on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
It is common practice for faculty who go on sabbatical leave to take up temporary residence at another location during the sabbatical period. This temporary relocation has significant income tax implications. These tax implications also arise when a faculty member at one institution serves as a visiting scholar at another institution (a scholar’s visit). This article describes the current income tax treatment of sabbaticals and scholar’s visits and develops the tax planning hurdles and opportunities posed by this treatment. It concludes with a consideration of the policy issues raised by this state of affairs.
Jack agreed to let me share with the broader tax community his post this afternoon on the TaxProf Discussion Group:
[N]early all meals while serving as a visiting professor are likely deductible (subject to the 50% rule and to the rules with respect to miscellaneous itemized deductions). This includes weekends and holidays. I won’t try to set out all of our analysis here but just note that this outcome arises from the interplay between § 162(a)(2) and the rules with respect to location of one’s tax home. We agree with those who think this is poor policy. Nonetheless, we think the law is fairly clear.
Friday, April 2, 2010
Professor John Eason plans to join the faculty from Tulane University Law School, where he has taught since 2000. Before that, he was in private practice for six years at a firm in Greensboro, North Carolina. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of federal taxation, trusts and estates, nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, asset protection, elder law and property. He graduated summa cum laude from Duke University School of Law and graduated first in his class in his LL.M. taxation program at the University of Florida College of Law, where he also taught.
Monday, March 22, 2010
This is quite a coup for UC-Irvine to land one of the tax academy's biggest rising stars, and quite an opportunity for Sarah to be the founding Tax Prof at the country's most exciting new law school.
Professor Lawsky joined the GW Law School faculty in 2007. She teaches and writes in the area of taxation. Before entering academia, she worked at the law firm of Hogan & Hartson LLP, where she provided tax advice to corporations, LLCs, tax-exempt organizations, and high-net-worth individuals.
She earned a B.A. in philosophy with an allied field of math from the University of Chicago, a J.D. from Yale University, and an LL.M. in tax law from New York University. While in law school, Professor Lawsky was executive editor of the Yale Law Journal. Prior to attending law school, she helped veterans with psychiatric disabilities obtain social security and veterans benefits.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Tax Prof David Hasen (Penn State), formerly of Michigan and the 2008-09 IRS Office of Chief Counsel Professor in Residence, has accepted a permanent position at Santa Clara. From his Penn State web page:
Professor Hasen's principal areas of teaching and research interest are taxation, jurisprudence, administrative law, and contracts. His current research projects include an examination of legal transition relief, the taxation of financial products, and the concept of neutrality in international taxation. Professor Hasen is also interested in expanding access of the poor to legal services and in using the law to promote social justice.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
- Samuel A. Donaldson (left), Professor of Law and Director of the Graduate Tax Program, has been named Associate Dean, effective July 1, 2010
- Scott Schumacher (right), Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Federal Tax Clinic, has been named Director of the Graduate Tax Program, effective July 1, 2010
Tax Profs I. Richard Gershon (Former Dean, Charleston) (left) and Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz (Vice Chancellor for Business and Financial Affairs and J.Y. Sanders Professor of Law, LSU) (right) are two of the six finalists for the Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University deanship.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
The award was established by the Class of 1975 at its 25-year reunion gift to the law school to recognize meritorious teaching, leadership and academic accomplishments of a professor in the School of Law.
Before joining the USD faculty, Professor McCouch was a professor at the University of Miami School of Law. He clerked for Judge Hugh H. Bownes on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and practiced law with firms in Boston and Minneapolis. He was a research fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and at the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany. McCouch teaches and writes primarily in the areas of wills, trusts and taxation. His recent publications include The Empty Promise of Estate Tax Repeal, Probate Law Reform and Nonprobate Transfers, and COBRA Strikes Back: Anatomy of a Tax Shelter (with Professor Karen Burke). He is co-author (with B. Bittker and E. Clark) of a leading casebook on federal estate and gift taxation. McCouch is a member of the American Law Institute.
From a BYU press release:
J. Clifton Fleming, Jr., holder of the Ernest L. Wilkinson Chair at the J. Reuben Clark Law School, has been appointed to the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Department of Public Law and Tax Law at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna, Austria, for the 2011 winter semester. He will teach a course in U.S. international taxation and a seminar for doctoral students. (Distinguished Chairs are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar program.)
Friday, January 29, 2010
Brian Leiter reports that David A. Weisbach, the Walter J. Blum Professor of Law and Kearney Director of the Program in Law and Economics at the University of Chicago Law School who taught a short course last year at Yale Law School as the Maurice R. Greenberg Visiting Professor of Law, has turned down a senior lateral offer from Yale to remain at Chicago.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Brian Galle (Florida State) has accepted a lateral offer from Boston College. This is quite a coup for BC -- Brian is an incredibly talented and prolific young tax scholar, with a dozen major pieces in just four years in the academy. He has visited at Georgetown and George Washington. Brian joins a very strong tax faculty at BC (Hugh Ault, Ray Madoff, Jim Repetti, and Diane Ring) -- BC ranks 23rd in the latest U.S. News Tax Rankings (10th among law schools without a graduate tax program).
Friday, January 22, 2010
The Tax Policy Center is interested in hosting tax law professors on their sabbaticals. In 2009, we hosted Harvard law professor Dan Halperin and University of Florida law professor Larry Lokken. We can provide an office, phone, computer, stimulating discussion with people who care passionately about tax policy, immersion in the Washington policy scene, and access to exceptional research assistants. In return, visitors contribute both formally and informally to TPC publications and policy seminars. Inquiries should be sent to email@example.com.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Joshua D. Blank, formerly of Rutgers-Newark, assumed his duties as Associate Professor of the Practice of Tax Law and Faculty Director of the Graduate Tax Program at NYU on Jan. 1. From the NYU announcement:
From 2006 to 2008, he served as an Acting Assistant Professor of Tax Law at NYU School of Law, where he taught several advanced tax courses. From 2002 to 2006, Blank was an associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he advised clients regarding tax aspects of complex public and private company mergers, spin-offs, and hostile takeovers.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
(Hat Tip: The Faculty Lounge.)
The Dean Search Committee at Seattle University School of Law is delighted to announce four finalists for the deanship. The committee was impressed by their outstanding records of academic achievement, administrative experience, and their enthusiastic embrace of the law school's mission to educate outstanding lawyers who are leaders for a just and humane world. The committee reviewed dozens of applications and nominations. These four stood out among the highly qualified pool. ...
Karen Brown is the Phillip Rothschild Research Professor of Law at George Washington University School of Law. She has also served as a professor at Brooklyn Law School and the University of Minnesota, where she was the Julius E. Davis Professor of Law and served as associate dean for academic affairs. Before beginning her teaching career, Brown was a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, and an associate at Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C. Her teaching and scholarship interests are in the areas of income, corporate, and international taxation. She has co-authored a book on international tax transactions and co-edited a book on tax reform, written numerous articles and book chapters, and delivered many presentations on federal taxation. She earned her J.D. and LL.M. from New York University.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Joshua D. Blank (Rutgers-Newark) has been named Associate Professor of the Practice of Tax Law and Faculty Director of the Graduate Tax Program at New York University School of Law, effective January 1, 2010. From the NYU announcement:
Blank is currently an Assistant Professor of Law at Rutgers School of Law-Newark. From 2006 to 2008, he served as an Acting Assistant Professor of Tax Law at NYU School of Law, where he taught several advanced tax courses. From 2002 to 2006, Blank was an associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he advised clients regarding tax aspects of complex public and private company mergers, spin-offs, and hostile takeovers.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Norman Stein, Douglas Arant Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law, has accepted a tenured position at the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, beginning Fall 2010. Professor Stein has been on the Alabama faculty for 25 years.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Entry Level Hires
- Jordan Barry (Fried Frank, New York) to San Diego
- Ilan Benshalom (Northwestern VAP) to Hebrew University, Israel
- Sam Brunson (Willkie Farr, New York) to Loyola-Chicago
- Mirit Eyal-Cohen (UCLA SJD) to Pittsburgh
- Morgan Holcomb (Hamline VAP) to Hamline
- Benjamin Leff (Harvard VAP) to American
- Sagit Leviner (Tel Aviv University, Israel, VAP) to Ono Academic College, Faculty of Law, Israel
- Shuyi Oei (Bingham McCutchen, Boston) to Tulane
- Randle Pollard (Ice Miller, Indianapolis) to Widener-Harrisburg
- Peter Prescott (Exxon Mobil, Houston) to Indiana-Indianapolis
- Craig Boise (Case Western) to DePaul
- Dhammika Dharmapala (University of Connecticut, Department of Economics) to Illinois
- Michael Doran (Virginia) to Georgetown
- Victor Fleischer (Illinois) to Colorado
- Michael Graetz (Yale) to Columbia
- David Hasen (Michigan) to Penn State
- Jeffrey Kahn (Penn State) to Washington & Lee
- Edward Kleinbard (Joint Committee on Taxation) to USC
- Daniel Lathrope (UC-Hastings) to San Francisco
- Stuart Lazar (Thomas Cooley) to SUNY-Buffalo
- Roberta Mann (Widener) to Oregon
- Amy Monahan (Missouri-Columbia) to Minnesota
- Miranda Perry Fleischer (Illinois) to Colorado
- John Stephens (Georgetown) to NYU
- Ethan Yale (Georgetown) to Virginia
Promotions, Tenures, Chairs, and Professorships
- Craig Boise (DePaul), Professor of Law with Tenure
- Leonard Burman (Tax Policy Center), to Daniel Patrick Moynihan Chair in Public Affairs, Syracuse University
- Bryan Camp (Texas Tech), George H. Mahon Professor of Law
- Danshera Cords (Capital), Professor of Law
- Marjorie Gell (Thomas Cooley), Associate Professor of Law
- Nancy McLaughlin (Utah), Robert W. Swenson Professor of Law
- Nicholas Mirkay (Widener-Delaware), Associate Professor of Law with Tenure
- Amy Monahan (Minnesota), Associate Professor of Law with Tenure
- Chris William Sanchirico (Pennsylvania), Samuel A. Blank Professor of Law
- Richard Schmalbeck (Duke), Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett Professor of Law
- Phyllis Smith (Florida A&M), Associate Professor of Law
- Michael Yu (California Western), Associate Professor of Law with Tenure
- Rosanne Altshuler (Rutgers, Department of Economics) to Co-Director, Tax Policy Center
- Linda Beale (Wayne State), to Director, Graduate Studies
- Craig Boise (DePaul) to Director, Graduate Tax Program
- David Brennen (Georgia) to Dean. Kentucky
- Jonathan Forman (Oklahoma) to IRS Professor-in-Residence
- Myron Grauer (Capital) to Academic Director of Graduate Programs
- Richard Gershon, Dean, Charleston, returns to faculty
- Carolyn Jones, Dean, Iowa, returns to faculty
- Michael Kirsch (Notre Dame), to Associate Dean
- Leo Martinez (UC-Hastings) to Interim Dean
- Nancy McLaughlin (Utah) to Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development
- Deborah Schenk (NYU) to Faculty Director, Graduate Tax Program
- Karla Simon (Catholic) to Director of Faculty Development
- John Stephens (NYU) to Director, Graduate Tax Program
- Donald Tobin (Ohio State) to Associate Dean for Faculty
- Neil Buchanan (George Washington) to Cornell (Visiting Scholar, 2009-10)
- Len Burman (Tax Policy Center) to UCLA (January Intersession)
- Paul Caron (Cincinnati) to San Diego (Summer 2009)
- Adam Chodorow (Arizona State) to China on a Fulbright Scholarship (2009-10)
- Mark Cochran (St. Mary's) to Texas (Fall 2009)
- Danshera Cords (Capital) to Albany (Spring 2010)
- Mihir Desai (Harvard Business School) to NYU
- David Elkins (Netanaya College of Law, Israel) to SMU (2009-10)
- Cliff Fleming (BYU) to Central European University, Hungary (April-May 2009)
- Brian Galle (Florida State) to George Washington (2009-10)
- Andy Grewal to Arizona State as Visiting Assistant Professor
- Steve Johnson (UNLV) to UC-Hastings (Spring 2010)
- Darryll Jones (Stetson) to Florida A&M (2009-10)
- Darlene Kennedy (Baltimore City Planning Commission) to Widener-Delaware (2009-10)
- Michael Knoll (Penn) to Columbia (Fall 2009)
- Marjorie Kornhauser (Arizona State) to University of London School of Law (Spring 2010)
- Sarah Lawsky (George Washington) to Virginia (2009-10)
- Assaf Likhovski (Tel Aviv University, Israel) to UCLA (2009-10)
- Francine Lipman (Chapman) to UC-Hastings (Fall 2009)
- Lawrence Lokken (Florida) to Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center (Fall 2009)
- Bill Lyons (Nebraska) to Miami (Fall 2009)
- Allen Madison (Fenwick & West, Mountain View, CA) to University of Navarra, Spain (2009-10)
- Robert Peroni (Texas) to Georgetown (Fall 2009)
- Walter Schwidetzky (Baltimore) to California Western (2009-10)
- Scott Taylor (St. Thomas) to Phoenix (2009-10)
- David Walker (Boston University) to NYU (Fall 2009)
Retirements and Departures
- Allan Samansky (Ohio State), retired
- David Shores (Wake Forest), retired
For prior years' Tax Prof Moves, see:
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Hamill, a Democrat, on Wednesday listed the core principles that she said compelled her to seek public office. “I believe government must serve the weak equally as well as it serves the strong,” she told friends and supporters in front of Trinity Methodist Church. “I believe tax policy should be written not by those with the most lobbyists, but those with the greatest commitment to equity and fairness.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Len Burman is leaving his position as Director of the Tax Policy Center to accept a position as Daniel Patrick Moynihan Chair in Public Affairs at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. From the press release:
“We are extremely fortunate to have recruited Dr. Len Burman as the inaugural Daniel Patrick Moynihan Chair in Public Affairs at the Maxwell School,” says Dean Mitchel Wallerstein. “As a leading national authority on tax and budgetary policy, Len will add an extraordinary depth of expertise and Washington experience to an already strong public administration faculty. His professional interests address many of the same policy issues that were of concern to the late Senator Moynihan. Indeed, it is our hope and expectation that, through Dr. Burman’s research, teaching and public engagement activities, future generations of faculty and students at the Maxwell School—and elsewhere—will be reminded of the important role that Senator Moynihan played in elevating debate and public understanding of critical domestic policy problems.”
When Burman helped to found the Tax Policy Center in 2002, his goal was to elevate public discourse and provide facts and evidence for press, policymakers, and other interested parties that went beyond the usual political spin, misinformation, and mystery that largely drove the debate. It was the kind of effort that Senator Moynihan would have applauded. “Pat Moynihan educated the public on a breathtaking range of issues with his wonderfully cogent and eloquent books and his exceptional career of public service,” says Burman. “He was a great American – a Renaissance man who left an indelible mark on so many areas of public policy. I can think of no greater honor than to hold a chair in his name. And I will be joining an exceptional group of scholars at the Maxwell School who share Senator Moynihan’s passion for applying rigorous analysis to critical public policy challenges.”
Burman is not just a policy wonk. He sings in Polyhymnia, a small a cappella chorus in Washington, enjoys cooking, and is a serious cyclist. In 2005, he and his son, Paul, cycled across the United States to raise money for Partners In Health, an NGO that provides health care and much more to poor communities in Haiti and around the world.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Tax Prof Elizabeth Garrett (USC) has withdrawn as President Obama's nominee to be Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy. From Bloomberg (Garrett Withdraws as Top Tax Official in Blow to Obama Agenda):
Garrett ... said in her withdrawal statement that personal considerations “have required that I reassess my initial decision to be considered for this office.” ... Jeff Trinca, a tax lobbyist at Van Scoyoc & Associates in Washington who became friends with Garrett when both worked on Capitol Hill, said she wasn’t willing to undergo the rigorous vetting process Obama has imposed on his nominees following the administration’s early stumbles. “The nomination process has gotten so harsh that good people like Beth are unwilling to put them and their families through the wringer,” Trinca said.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
On Tuesday, I blogged the news that Edward D. Kleinbard is leaving his position as Chief of Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation on May 15, 2009 (after 20 months in the job) to join the faculty at USC Law School. USC issued this press release today:
University of Southern California Gould School of Law has recruited Edward D. Kleinbard, chief of staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation in Washington, D.C., to join the USC Law faculty this summer.
"Ed is one of the nation’s top tax scholars and attorneys,” said USC Law Dean Robert K. Rasmussen. “He is a valued addition to the highly regarded corporate and tax program at USC Law.” ...
"I am thrilled with the opportunity to join USC Law,” said Kleinbard, who will teach tax law. “USC has one of the best tax faculties in the country, and the larger Los Angeles community of tax scholars and practitioners is as deep and as strong as that found anywhere. I am very lucky to consider myself a member of this extraordinary institution.”
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Edward D. Kleinbard announced today that he is leaving his position as Chief of Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation on May 15, 2009 (after 20 months in the job) to join the faculty at USC Law School. Prior to his appointment to the Joint Committee, Mr. Kleinbard was a tax partner at Cleary Gottlieb (New York). Mr. Kleinbard's stint on the Joint Committee undoubtedly will be most remembered for the 84-page report, A Reconsideration of Tax Expenditure Analysis (JCX-37-08) (May 12, 2008).
Monday, April 20, 2009
Congratulations to my former colleague Dorothy Brown, who has been named "Professor of the Year" at Emory. Dorothy is an incredible professor -- a prolific and important scholar (e.g., most recently, Critical Race Theory: Cases, Materials and Problems (Thomson-West, 2d ed. 2007); Shades of the American Dream, 87 Wash. U. L. Rev. ___ (2010); Race, Class, and the Obama Tax Plan, 86 Denv. U. L. Rev. 575 (2009); Race and Class Matters in Tax Policy, 107 Colum. L. Rev. 790 (2007)) and a phenomenal teacher who has won teaching awards at all four law schools that she has taught at (George Mason, Cincinnati, Washington & Lee, and now Emory). (Hat Tip: Francine Lipman.)
Professor Martinez’s experience and lengthy tenure with UC Hastings provides stability for the university as we continue our search for a permanent Chancellor and Dean,” said Board Chair James E. Mahoney. "In addition," he added,"Martinez has extensive administrative experience, having served as Academic Dean for 12 years."
From Leo's faculty page:
Leo Martinez attributes his equanimical outlook to the fortunate circumstance of his birth and childhood in the pristine mountain air of Santa Fe, New Mexico. He received his undergraduate degree in math and physics from the University of Kansas and an M.S. in systems analysis from the University of Southern California. He is a graduate of Hastings. ...
[H]e lives in the Oakland hills with his wife, Sharon (an accountant). He has two children, Jennifer (a UCLA graduate and Stanford law student) and Elizabeth (a University of Chicago undergraduate). His passions include the Oakland A's, his family, Kansas basketball, racket sports, and softball (though not necessarily in that order).
Friday, April 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
The Tax Policy Center is interested in hosting tax law professors on their sabbaticals. We are currently hosting Harvard law professor Dan Halperin, and NYU law professsor Lily Batchelder visited last year. We can provide an office, phone, computer, stimulating discussion with people who care passionately about tax policy, immersion in the Washington policy scene, and access to exceptional research assistants. In return, visitors contribute both formally and informally to TPC publications and policy seminars. Inquiries should be sent to TPC co-director, Rosanne Altshuler.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
With today's expiration of the AALS deadline for accepting a visiting professorship for the 2009-10 academic year, I thought it would be a good time to re-post the article, Tax Planning for Professional Sabatticals, by Myron Hulen (Colorado State University, College of Business), William Kenny (Portland State University, School of Business Administration) & Anne L. Christensen (Montana State University, College of Business). Here is the abstract:
A sabbatical leave and a visiting position at another university offers professors many professional and financial advantages. Among the financial advantages are often favorable taxation of the expenses incurred and income earned at the expenses earned at the visiting university. This paper discusses the tax implications of a visiting position including the rules of eligibility for traveling deductions, rules for deducting travel and transportation expenses, implications of taking a position outside of the United States, the problems caused by the Alternative Minimum Tax and other related issues. Also covered are the recorded keeping requirements and the use of the federal per diem allowances.
Note the comment about the AMT, which can be an enormous problem for visiting professors. Deborah Geier (Cleveland State) offers this helpful advice:
It is really important for visiting professors to negotiate well with their institutions. Insist up front that your travel expenses (to and from) and living expenses while there (rent) are "reimbursed employee business expenses" and thus excludable under Treas. Reg. § 1.62-4(c). Do NOT negotiate for a higher salary, out of which you will pay these expenses yourself (which are deductible only the exent in excess of the 2% floor under the regular tax and are not deductible at all under the AMT).
Sunday, March 29, 2009
- Tax Prof Elizabeth Garrett (University Vice President for Academic Planning and Budget; Sydney M. Irmas Professor of Public Interest Law, Legal Ethics, Political Science, and Policy, Planning, and Development, University of Southern California Law School; former member, President Bush's 2005 Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform), as Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy
- Michael S. Barr (Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School; Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress and Brookings Institution; former adviser to Clinton administration Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin), as Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions.
- George W. Madison (Partner, Mayer, Brown & Platt, New York; former Executive Vice President and General Counsel, TIAA-CREF), as General Counsel.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
David M. Hasen joined the University of Michigan Law School faculty as an assistant professor in fall 2002. Professor Hasen’s areas of research and teaching interest include taxation, jurisprudence, and administrative law. He received a B.A. in history from Reed College, a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as a notes editor for the Yale Law Journal. Hasen clerked for Judge Maxine Chesney in the Northern District of California and has worked as an associate in the tax departments of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C., where his practice focused on corporate taxation and the taxation of financial products. His current research projects include an analysis of the taxation of advance payments and an examination of legal transition relief. Hasen is also interested in expanding access of the poor to legal services and in using the law to promote social justice. He has worked with members of the Law School’s clinical faculty and staff to establish and help fund the Law School’s Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Michael Doran (Virginia) has accepted a tenured position at Georgetown. From his Virginia faculty page:
Michael Doran joined the faculty in 2005 after several years in government service and private practice. Doran's current research focuses on Social Security reform, the tax policy implications of executive compensation, retirement income security, tax penalties, and tax transition policy. He teaches federal income tax, corporate income tax, employee pension and welfare benefits, and Social Security reform.
After earning his J.D. at Yale Law School, Doran clerked for the Hon. I. Leo Glasser of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He then practiced tax law at Caplin & Drysdale, where he worked both as an associate and as a partner. Doran twice served in the Office of Tax Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department, from 1998 through 1999 and from 2002 through 2004.
See also Michael's TaxProf Blog profile.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Professor Amy Monahan teaches and writes in the areas of federal taxation and employee benefits law. Her current research interests include employer-provided health care, health insurance regulation, and retirement plans.
Professor Monahan received her B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University in International Studies, with university and departmental honors. She received her J.D. from Duke University School of Law, where she was the Managing Editor of the Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law. Following law school, she practiced with Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Tax Prof David A. Brennen (Georgia), currently completing a two-year stint as Deputy Director of the Association of American Law Schools, is one of four finalists for the Kentucky Deanship. David will be making the first on-campus visit on February 26; the final candidate is scheduled to visit on March 9. (One of the other finalists is my former colleague, Cynthia L. Fountaine.)
Memphis announced today that it has selected Interim Dean Kevin Smith as its Dean -- David was one of the four finalists. David also apparently is a candidate for the Florida International Deanship (see The Faculty Lounge, Miami Herald), although the search process there is somewhat unusual (The Faculty Lounge, The Faculty Lounge II, PrawfsBlawg I, PrawfsBlawg II). For a clarification from Florida International, see here.
Ernie Almonte, chairman of the AICPA, said the decision was the right one for the board to make: “Barry has made an enormous contribution to the CPA profession over the past 14 years, and the board is exceptionally pleased that he will continue to serve as president and CEO. Barry's continued stewardship of the AICPA will contribute greatly to the work of CPAs and in turn help their clients, companies and communities to succeed.” ...
In accepting the board's reappointment as president and CEO, Melancon said: “It is a great honor to serve our 350,000 members. Our members collectively adhere to the highest standards of ethics and values, and being a part of the leadership team that works for them is a privilege. We have a tremendous team at the AICPA that strives every day to meet the needs of the CPA profession. It is a challenge I welcome, and I am grateful for the support of the board, our members and our staff.”
Friday, February 13, 2009
Tax Prof David A. Brennen (Georgia), currently completing a two-year stint as Deputy Director of the Association of American Law Schools, is one of four finalists for the Memphis Deanship. According to the student newspaper, "[t]he search for a permanent dean at the U of M is in its concluding phases, said University Provost Dr. Ralph Faudree. 'We’re in the final stages, and we hope to make an announcement soon,' Faudree said." (David is the co-editor of our Nonprofit Law Prof Blog (another finalist, Rick Bales of Northern Kentucky, is co-editor of our Workplace Prof Blog).) (Hat Tip: Brian Leiter.)
David apparently also is a candidate for the Florida International Deanship (see The Faculty Lounge, Miami Herald), although the search process there is somewhat unusual (The Faculty Lounge, The Faculty Lounge II, PrawfsBlawg I, PrawfsBlawg II). For a clarification from Florida International, see here.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Carolyn Jones, the first woman to serve as dean of the University of Iowa College of Law, has announced she will step down from leading her alma mater in summer 2010 and return to the faculty. Jones has been dean since July 2004, when she succeeded William Hines. ...
Jones' legal specialty is tax law, and her research specialty is the legal history of American taxation. She has contributed to five books on tax law and is the author of numerous scholarly articles on the issue. She has also made numerous presentations about tax issues, estate law and Social Security.
Last month, I blogged the lawsuit filed by Teresa R. Wagner, Associate Director of the University of Iowa College of Law Writing Resource Center, against the school and Dean Jones, claiming that she was twice rejected for a legal writing faculty position because of her conservative political views. The story was later picked up by the ABA Journal, Faculty Lounge, Overlawyered, Volokh Conspiracy, and Wall Street Journal,