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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Clarissa Potter Named Deputy Tax Director at AIG

Potter Bloomberg, AIG Hires Ex-IRS Deputy Counsel Potter to Protect Tax Assets:

AIG, the bailed-out insurer, hired Clarissa Potter, former deputy chief counsel of the IRS, to help protect tax assets accumulated by the firm. Potter will be deputy tax director. ...

Potter was previously an associate professor at Georgetown University Law Center and had worked at the Treasury, Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. She holds a law degree from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio.

September 27, 2011 in Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Tax Prof Moves, 2011-12

VAP Hires
  • Kathleen Delaney Thomas (Cooley, New York) to NYU (2011-12)
  • Allen Madison (Idaho VAP) to Wyoming (2011-12)

Entry Level Hires

  • Steven Arsenault (Charlotte VAP) to Charlotte
  • Cassady ("Cass") Brewer (Morris, Manning & Martin, Atlanta) to Georgia State
  • John Brooks (Harvard Climenko Fellow) to Georgetown
  • Jim Butler (Holme Roberts & Owen, Denver) to New Mexico
  • Emily Cauble (Illinois VAP) to Michigan State
  • Diane Lourdes Dick (Bilzin Sumberg, Miami) to Seattle
  • William Foster (Washburn VAP) to Washburn
  • Andy Grewal (Arizona State VAP) to Iowa
  • Itai Grinberg (Office of Tax Policy, U.S. Treasury Department) to Georgetown
  • Philip Hackney (IRS Office of Chief Counsel) to LSU
  • Erin Hawley (King & Spalding, Washington, D.C.) to Missouri-Columbia
  • Mark Hoose (Intel Corp., Santa Clara) to San Diego
  • Khrista McCarden (Morgan Lewis, London) to Pepperdine
  • Leigh Osofsky (NYU VAP) to Miami
  • Bret Wells (BJ Services Corp., Houston) to Houston

Lateral Moves

  • Steve Johnson (UNLV) to Florida State
  • Jeff Kahn (Washington & Lee) to Florida State
  • Michelle Kwon (Texas Tech) to Tennessee
  • Tanina Rostain (New York Law School) to Georgetown
  • Andre Smith (Florida-International) to Widener-Delaware
  • Nancy Staudt (Northwestern) to USC

Promotions, Tenures, Chairs, and Professorships

  • Eleanor Weston Brown (Regent) to Associate Professor of Law with Tenure
  • Allison Christians (Wisconsin) to Associate Professor of Law with Tenure
  • Meredith Conway (Suffolk) to Associate Professor of Law with Tenure
  • Heather Field (UC-Hastings) to Professor of Law with Tenure
  • Terri Lynn Helge (Texas-Wesleyan) to Professor of Law with Tenure
  • Kristin Hickman (Minnesota) to Professor of Law (from Associate Professor of Law with Tenure)
  • Rich Lavoie (Akron) to Professor of Law with Tenure
  • Lloyd Mayer (Notre Dame) to Professor of Law with Tenure
  • Ann Murphy (Gonzaga) to Professor of Law (from Associate Professor of Law with Tenure)
  • Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis) to Professor of Law with Tenure

Administrative Appointments

  • Craig Boise (DePaul) to Dean (Cleveland-Marshall)
  • Tony Infanti (Pittsburgh) to Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Stephen Mazza (Kansas) to Dean 

Visits

  • Stephen Black (New Hampshire) to BYU (Fall 2011)
  • Karen Burke (San Diego) to Florida (Spring 2012)
  • Dorothy Brown (Emory) to georgetown (2011-12)
  • Paul Caron (Cincinnati) to Pepperdine (Spring 2012), San Diego (Summer 2012)
  • Nina Crimm (St. John's) to Kentucky (Fall 2011)
  • David Elkins (Netanaya College School of Law, Israel) to SMU (Fall 2011)
  • Cliff Fleming (BYU) to Central European University, Budapest, Hungary (April 2012)
  • Brian Galle (Boston College) to Urban/Brookings Tax Policy Center (Fall 2011)
  • Brant Hellwig (South Carolina) to Washington & Lee (Fall 2011)
  • Tracy Kaye (Seton Hall) to Indiana-Bloomington (Fall 2011)
  • Rebecca Kysar (Brooklyn) to Columbia (Spring 2012)
  • Francine Lipman (Chapman) to UNLV (Fall 2011)
  • Yair Listokin (Yale) to Harvard (2011-12)
  • Ruth Mason (UConn) to Virginia (Spring 2012)
  • Grayson McCouch (San Diego) to Florida (Spring 2012)
  • Nicholas Mirkay (Widener-Delaware) to Creighton (2011-12) 
  • Sergio Pareja (New Mexico) to Universidad de Rey Juan Carlos, Spain (2011-12)
  • Randle Pollard (Widener) to Indiana University, Kelley School of Business (Fall 2011)
  • Walter Schwidetzky (Baltimore) to California Western (Fall 2011)
  • David Walker (BU) to Harvard (Spring 2012)
  • Steven Willis (Florida) to University of Warsaw, Poland (Jan. 2012)
  • Richard WInchester (Thomas Jefferson) to l’Université du 7 Novembre à Carthage, Tunisia (Spring 2012) 

For prior years' Tax Prof Moves, see:

August 22, 2011 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Shelf Project Goes to Washington, D.C.

Shelf Project University of Texas School of Law Alumni Magazine, Professor Calvin Johnson’s Shelf Project Seeks to Provide Congress with Efficient Revenue Options:

Calvin Johnson has fifty ways to raise $1 trillion in taxes without raising rates, and he wants to convince Congress to adopt them. Now, he may get his chance. Johnson, the Andrews & Kurth Centennial Professor at the Law School, was recently awarded a fellowship at the Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan joint venture of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution based in Washington, D.C. The Tax Policy Center provides analysis for both policymakers and the public, and has a team of world-class budget and tax economists.

“It’s a chance to talk tax intensely with very good people,” Johnson said of his colleagues. “They are at the top of their profession, so I can’t tell you how much fun I think that opportunity will be.”

Johnson will use his fellowship, which began May 1 and runs through December 31, 2011, to continue his work on the Shelf Project. This is a collaborative effort with other tax professionals to develop proposals that Congress can simply “pull off the shelf” when it needs to increase revenues.

“I’ll be spending a lot of time talking to staff on both the Republican and Democratic sides,” Johnson said. “They will help me reshape the Shelf Project to be of maximum service to Congress when it’s ready to raise taxes. It’s not ready to raise taxes yet, but the time is coming—there is an impending budget catastrophe. Now is the time that the staffers should be doing the legwork, [preparing] the contingencies.”

June 16, 2011 in Tax, Tax Prof Moves, Think Tank Reports | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Back in San Diego

Usd_photoAfter a month back home in Cincinnati, I have returned to Southern California for my eighth summer teaching Tax I at the University of San Diego School of Law, my third 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 enjoying the world's best pizza and hamburgers).

June 6, 2011 in Legal Education, Miscellaneous, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

President Obama Nominates Kathleen Kerrigan, Al Lauber to Tax Court

White House press release:

President Obama announced today his intent to nominate Kathleen Kerrigan and Albert Lauber as Judges to the United States Tax Court. ...

Kathleen Kerrigan
Kathleen Kerrigan serves as tax and Social Security counsel for the majority staff of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. She is also the staff director for the Finance Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy. Previously, Ms. Kerrigan was a Partner at Baker and Hostetler LLP, working in the government affairs practice group. Before arriving at Baker and Hostetler, Ms. Kerrigan served as legislative director for Congressman Richard E. Neal. Ms. Kerrigan earned a B.S. from Boston College and a J.D. from Notre Dame.

Albert Lauber
Lauber Albert Lauber is the Director of the Graduate Tax and Securities Programs and a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown Law School. Previously, Mr. Lauber spent 17 years as a partner in Caplin & Drysdale, a Washington D.C. tax firm. There, he specialized in tax litigation at the trial and appellate levels, tax procedure, taxation of non-profit organizations, state and local taxation, and constitutional law. From 1983 to 1988, he served in the U.S. Department of Justice as Deputy Solicitor General and previously as Tax Assistant to the Solicitor General. He was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun, and Judge Malcolm R. Wilkey, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He received a B.A. and a J.D. from Yale University and Master’s degrees from Clare College and Cambridge University.

May 26, 2011 in Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Mihir Desai Accepts Joint Tenured Professorship at Harvard Law School

Desai HBS's Mihir A. Desai Accepts Joint Tenured Professorship With HLS:

Mihir A. Desai, who currently serves as the Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance, the Senior Associate Dean for Planning and University Affairs, and the Chair of Doctoral Programs at Harvard Business School, has accepted a joint appointment to the faculty of Harvard Law School as a tenured Professor of Law.

An expert in tax policy, international finance and corporate finance, Desai was a visiting professor at HLS in 2009. A recipient of the Student Association Award for teaching excellence from the HBS Class of 2001, he will continue to teach in the General Management Program and various Executive Education Programs at HBS. He will also continue to co-teach a Public Economics course at Harvard College.

Said HLS Dean Martha Minow: “We at the law school are simply delighted to welcome Mihir Desai, one of the world’s leading experts on the appropriate design of tax policy in global settings. His expertise includes the links between corporate governance and taxation, the globalization of firm activities, and empirical effects of tax and economic policies. He is a superb teacher, as the students at Harvard Business School well know, and as our own students learned when he was a visiting professor here recently. His participation in our community has already enriched discussions among our strong faculty in tax law and policy, corporate governance, and finance. With his joint appointment, his gifts as an interlocutor, and his superb research and teaching, he will further strengthen the bridge between the Law School and the Business School.”

(Hat Tip: Vic Fleischer.)

May 17, 2011 in Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Farewell (But Not Goodbye), Malibu

Pepperdine University Logo My wife and I are back in Cincinnati after spending the spring semester at Pepperdine University School of Law.  We had a wonderful time in Malibu and are grateful to Interim Dean Tom Bost and the Pepperdine faculty, staff, and students for making our stay so enjoyable. We especially appreciated the opportunity to live in the Pepperdine home on Broad Beach, which we were delighted to share with a steady stream of Cincinnati visitors (as well as gatherings of Southern California Tax Profs and my students). I am looking forward to rejoining my Cincinnati faculty colleagues for the Fall 2011 semester and teaching Introduction to Law to the incoming 1L class and Federal Income Tax and Federal Estate & Gift Tax to the returning 2Ls and 3Ls, before returning to Pepperdine for the Spring 2012 Semester for my third stint as the D & L Straus Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law.

May 9, 2011 in Legal Education, Miscellaneous, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Clarissa Potter to Leave IRS in June

Potter Potter to Leave IRS in June. 2011 TNT 87-6 (May 5, 2011):

Clarissa Potter, IRS deputy chief counsel (technical), will step down from that position in June to take a position in the private sector.

News of her departure was first announced in a May 3 internal memorandum sent by IRS Chief Counsel William J. Wilkins. According to that memo, Potter had not decided where in private practice she will go but is "exploring her options and will be spending some time off with her family."

A former professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center, Potter told Tax Analysts May 4 that she does not plan to return to academia. "I'm looking at different opportunities," she said.

Potter said her proudest moment during her time with the chief counsel's office was how the office came through the financial crisis. "We were just one part of the whole team, but we were faced with a lot of difficult questions. People here really stepped up and did everything right," she said.

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May 8, 2011 in Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Russell Osgood Named Dean Finalist at San Diego

USD Tax Prof Russell K. Osgood, former President of Grinnell College (1998-2010) and former Dean of Cornell Law School (1988-98), is one of three finalists for the San Diego deanship.  (The other finalists are Stephen Ferruolo, founding partner of Goodwin Proctor's San Diego office and a former Rhodes Scholar and Stanford history professor (1979-87); and Michael Waterstone, Associate Dean for Research and Academic Centers and J. Howard Ziemann Fellow and Professor of Law at Loyola-L.A.) Russell was a finalist this year in the dean searches at Boston College and Pepperdine. (Hat Tip: Faculty Lounge.)

May 2, 2011 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Nancy Staudt Leaves Northwestern for USC

Staudt Tax Prof Nancy C. Staudt, Class of 1940 Research Professor of Law at Northwestern, has accepted a position as the inaugural Edward G. Lewis Professor of Law at USC. From the USC press release:

“We are thrilled to bring Nancy Staudt to USC,” said Robert K. Rasmussen, dean of USC Law. “As a leading scholar on tax and budgetary issues, she examines some of the most pressing issues facing our country today. Nancy has been at the center of important debates on tax policy. Her recent work brings empirical methodology to judicial decision making, with a special focus on fiscal issues. Adding Nancy to the faculty continues the USC tradition of analyzing law through an interdisciplinary approach.”

“The decision to join the USC community was easy,” Staudt said. “I teach and write in the area of tax law and policy, and several of the nation’s leading tax scholars are at USC Law. The fact that the law school is located right next door to a great policy school will facilitate cross-disciplinary teaching and research — is also a real plus.
“I have known and admired Provost Beth Garrett and Dean Bob Rasmussen for many years. It is exciting to join a terrific law school at terrific university with such accomplished leadership!”

This is quite a coup for USC, as Nancy will join an incredibly strong group of Tax Profs at USC:  Elizabeth Garrett (currently USC's Provost), Thomas Griffith, Edward D. Kleinbard, and Edward McCaffery. The move will likely continue USC's upward trajectory in the U.S. News tax rankings -- USC ranks 14th in the 2012 U.S. News Tax Rankings (up from 16th in 2011; USC was unranked in tax in 2010). Nancy also will further solidify Los Angeles' #1 position in Ted Seto's Tax Faculty Metropolitan Area Rankings.

For a complete list of 2011-12 Tax Prof moves, see here.

May 2, 2011 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tax Prof Moves, 2011-2012

VAP Hires

  • Kathleen Delaney Thomas (Cooley, New York) to NYU (2011-12)
  • Allen Madison (Idaho VAP) to Wyoming (2011-12)

Entry Level Hires

  • Steven Arsenault (Charlotte VAP) to Charlotte
  • Cassady ("Cass") Brewer (Morris, Manning & Martin, Atlanta) to Georgia State
  • John Brooks (Harvard Climenko Fellow) to Georgetown
  • Jim Butler (Holme Roberts & Owen, Denver) to New Mexico
  • Emily Cauble (Illinois VAP) to Michigan State
  • Diane Lourdes Dick (Bilzin Sumberg, Miami) to Seattle
  • William Foster (Washburn VAP) to Washburn
  • Itai Grinberg (U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Tax Policy) to Georgetown
  • Andy Grewal (Arizona State VAP) to Iowa
  • Philip Hackney (IRS Office of Chief Counsel) to LSU
  • Erin Hawley (King & Spalding, Washington, D.C.) to Missouri-Columbia
  • Mark Hoose (Intel Corp., Santa Clara) to San Diego
  • Khrista McCarden (Morgan Lewis, London) to Pepperdine
  • Leigh Osofsky (NYU VAP) to Miami
  • Bret Wells (BJ Services Corp., Houston) to Houston

Lateral Moves

  • Steve Johnson (UNLV) to Florida State
  • Jeff Kahn (Washington & Lee) to Florida State
  • Michelle Kwon (Texas Tech) to Tennessee
  • Tanina Rostain (New York Law School) to Georgetown
  • Andre Smith (Florida-International) to Widener-Delaware
  • Nancy Staudt (Northwestern) to USC

Promotions, Tenures, Chairs, and Professorships

  • Eleanor Weston Brown (Regent) to Associate Professor of Law with Tenure
  • Allison Christians (Wisconsin) to Associate Professor of Law with Tenure
  • Meredith Conway (Suffolk) to Associate Professor of Law with Tenure
  • Heather Field (UC-Hastings) to Professor of Law with Tenure
  • Terri Lynn Helge (Texas-Wesleyan) to Professor of Law with Tenure
  • Rich Lavoie (Akron) to Professor of Law with Tenure
  • Lloyd Mayer (Notre Dame) to Professor of Law with Tenure
  • Ann Murphy (Gonzaga) to Professor of Law
  • Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis) to Professor of Law with Tenure

Administrative Appointments

  • Craig Boise (DePaul) to Dean (Cleveland-Marshall)
  • Tony Infanti (Pittsburgh) to Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Stephen Mazza (Kansas) to Dean 

Visits

  • Stephen Black (New Hampshire) to BYU (Fall 2011)
  • Karen Burke (San Diego) to Florida (Spring 2012)
  • Dorothy Brown (Emory) to georgetown (2011-12)
  • Paul Caron (Cincinnati) to Pepperdine (Spring 2012), San Diego (Summer 2012)
  • Nina Crimm (St. John's) to Kentucky (Fall 2011)
  • David Elkins (Netanaya College School of Law, Israel) to SMU (Fall 2011)
  • Cliff Fleming (BYU) to Central European University, Budapest, Hungary (April 2012)
  • Brian Galle (Boston College) to Urban/Brookings Tax Policy Center (Fall 2011)
  • Brant Hellwig (South Carolina) to Washington & Lee (Fall 2011)
  • Tracy Kaye (Seton Hall) to Indiana-Bloomington (Fall 2011)
  • Rebecca Kysar (Brooklyn) to Columbia (Spring 2012)
  • Francine Lipman (Chapman) to UNLV (Fall 2011)
  • Ruth Mason (UConn) to Virginia (Spring 2012)
  • Grayson McCouch (San Diego) to Florida (Spring 2012)
  • Nicholas Mirkay (Widener-Delaware) to Creighton (2011-12) 
  • Sergio Pareja (New Mexico) to Universidad de Rey Juan Carlos, Spain (2011-12)
  • Randle B. Pollard (Widener-Harrisburg) to Indiana University, Kelley School of Business (Fall 2011)
  • Walter Schwidetzky (Baltimore) to California Western (Fall 2011)
  • David Walker (BU) to Harvard (Spring 2012)
  • Steven Willis (Florida) to University of Warsaw, Poland (Jan. 2012)
  • Richard WInchester (Thomas Jefferson) to l’Université du 7 Novembre à Carthage, Tunisia (Spring 2012) 

For prior years' Tax Prof Moves, see:

April 20, 2011 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Tax Profs Moran, Pietruszkiewicz Are Dean Finalists at Arkansas

Moran Pietruszkiewicz Tax Profs Beverly Moran (Vanderbilt) (left) and Chris Pietruszkiewicz (LSU) (right) are two of the four finalists for the Deanship at Arkansas. (The other two finalists are Stacy Leeds (Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Kansas) and Kathryn Rand (Interim Dean, North Dakota).) (Hat Tip: Faculty Lounge.) Beverly is currently a dean finalist at Cleveland State and Kansas. Chris was formerly a dean finalist at Gonzaga and Mississippi

March 21, 2011 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

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.)

February 22, 2011 in Congressional News, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Stephen Shay Named Professor of Practice at Harvard

Shay Stephen Shay, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Tax Affairs in the Treasury Department, has accepted a position as Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School. From the Harvard press release:

Since joining the Treasury Department in 2009, Shay has worked to develop and oversee implementation of U.S. international tax policy. ... Previously a partner for 22 years at Ropes & Gray, LLP, Shay has extensive tax counseling and controversy experience advising multinational companies, private equity funds, financial institutions, global institutional investors and foreign governments on cross-border taxation matters and transfer pricing. ... Prior to joining Ropes & Gray in 1987, Shay spent five years as International Tax Counsel at the Treasury Department. ... Shay is a 1972 graduate of Wesleyan University, and he earned his J.D. and his M.B.A. from Columbia University in 1976.

February 9, 2011 in IRS News, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, January 31, 2011

Russell Osgood, Jim Repetti Named Dean Finalists at Boston College

BC Logo Russell K. Osgood (Visiting Professor, Washington University; former President, Grinnell College; former Dean (and Tax Prof), Cornell) and Tax Prof Jim Repetti (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and William J. Kenealy, S.J. Professor of Law, Boston College) are among the five finalists for the Boston College deanship. (The other finalists are Michele Goodwin (Minnesota), Vincent Rougeau (Notre Dame), and Robert Schapiro (Emory).) (Hat Tip: EagleiOnline, Faculty Lounge.)

January 31, 2011 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Andy Grewal From Arizona State to Iowa

Grewal Amandeep (Andy) Grewal (Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Arizona State) has accepted a tenure track position at Iowa, beginning in July 2011. From the Iowa press release:

Professor Grewal received his BA in Economics from Williams College, his JD from The University of Michigan Law School, and his LLM in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.  He is presently a Visiting Associate Professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University where his courses include Individual Taxation, Partnership Taxation, Corporate Taxation, International Taxation, and Tax Procedure and Admin. Practice. He formerly was a tax associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP in Washington, D.C.

January 28, 2011 in Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Tax Prof in Paradise

Pepperdine I am thrilled to be spending the spring semester at Pepperdine University School of Law as the D & L Straus Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law. I got a taste of this special law school last March, teaching a one-week short course during my spring break from Cincinnati, and I am looking forward to getting to know the school, its faculty, and its students even better this semester. Pepperdine has a wonderfully distinctive mission in American legal education, particularly the integration of the Christian faith in all aspects of life at the school.  I have fallen in love with Southern California during my seven summers teaching at the University of San Diego School of Law, and I am looking forward to the warm sunshine after an unusually harsh midwestern December. With both of our children now off to college, my wife and I feel blessed to be able to spend part of our first empty nest year in beautiful Malibu, California among our new neighbors.

January 10, 2011 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Repetti and Schneider Elected to AALS Tax Section Leadership Roles

AALS Kudos to Jim Repetti (Boston College), the new Chair of the AALS Tax Section, and Dan Schneider (Northern Illinois), the new member of the Executive Committee, who were unanimously elected to their positions at the business portion of Thursday's section meeting.

January 8, 2011 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, December 27, 2010

Georgetown Names John Buckley Visiting Professor in Tax LL.M. Program

Buckley Georgetown has named John L. Buckley, Chief Democratic Tax Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, as a visiting professor in the tax LL.M. program for the 2011-12 academic year:

Buckley ... has spent nearly four decades on the Hill participating in the development of federal tax legislation. He began his career as associate counsel in the Office of the House Legislative Counsel, after earning his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1973. He would go on to participate in the crafting of all major tax legislation enacted after 1974.

December 27, 2010 in Congressional News, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Beverly Moran Is Albany Dean Finalist

Albany logo Tax Prof Beverly Moran (Vanderbilt; formerly of Cincinnati) is one of five finalists for the Albany deanship. The other finalists are:

The faculty has voted to forward three of the five names to the board of trustees for consideration.

Update:  The article in the Albany Business Review linked to above is in error:  Beverly Moran was never a finalist in the Albany Dean search. The fifth finalist is Anna W. Shavers (Nebraska).

December 17, 2010 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Chris Pietruszkiewicz Is Candidate for Gonzaga Deanship

Pietruszkiewicz Tax Prof Chris Pietruszkiewicz (Vice Chancellor and J.Y. Sanders Professor of Law, LSU) is one of four candidates who have interviewed on campus thus far for the Gonzaga deanship. (You can view his Nov. 22 presentation at Gonzaga here.) The other candidates that have interviewed on campus thus far are:

 (Hat Tip: Faculty Lounge.)

November 23, 2010 in Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Gamage Named Stanley S. Surrey Fellow in the Office of Tax Policy

Gamage David Gamage (UC-Berkeley) has been named Special Counsel and Senior Stanley S. Surrey Fellow in the Treasury Department's Office of Tax Policy. His primary responsibility will be drafting the tax regulations for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the healthcare reform legislation). He also will provide advice on new tax legislation. The position is a temporary one, structured as an Intergovernmental Personnel Act detail (like the IRS Professor-in-Residence position). He is on leave from UC-Berkeley during the 2010-11 academic year and will return for the 2011-12 academic year.

September 20, 2010 in Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Tax Prof Moves, 2010-2011

VAP Hires
  • Linnie Benezech (Florida VAP) to LSU (Fall 2010) and Tulane (Spring 2011)
  • Anders Christiansen (Deloitte, New York) to Loyola L.A. (2010-12)
  • Will Foster (Friday, Eldredge & Clark, Fayetteville, AR) to Washburn (2010-11) 
  • Jason Oh (Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, New York) to NYU (2010-12)
  • Leigh Osofsky (NYU VAP) to NYU (2010-11)
  • Florie Pellerin-Catellier (Student, NYU International Tax Program) to NYU (2010-12) 
  • James Puckett (Alabama VAP) to Seattle (2010-12)

Entry Level Hires

  • Jennifer Bird-Pollan (Ropes & Gray, Boston) to Kentucky
  • Susannah Camic (Skadden, Washington, D.C.) to Wisconsin
  • Elizabeth R. Carter (Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard, New Orleans) to LSU
  • Daniel Chen (Chicago Kauffman Fellow), to Duke
  • Lilian Faulhaber (Harvard Climenko Fellow) to Boston University
  • Julia Manasfi (Loyola-L.A. VAP) to Whittier
  • Susan Morse (Santa Clara VAP) to UC-Hastings
  • John Plecnik (Law Clerk to Tax Court Judge David Gustafson) to Cleveland State
  • Tracey Roberts (Research Affiliate, Vanderbilt) to Louisville
  • Jefferson VanderWolk (Merrill Lynch) to Chinese University of Hong Kong

Lateral Moves

  • Joshua Blank (Rutgers-Newark) to NYU
  • Bradley Borden (Washburn) to Brooklyn
  • Beckett Cantley (Thomas Jefferson) to John Marshall (Atlanta)
  • Danshera Cords (Capital) to Albany
  • John Eason (Tulane) to Seattle
  • Brian Galle (Florida State) to Boston College
  • David Hasen (Penn State) to Santa Clara
  • Sarah Lawsky (George Washington) to UC-Irvine
  • Sagit Leviner to SUNY-Buffalo and Ono Academic College, Israel 
  • Greg Polsky (Florida State) to North Carolina
  • Norman Stein (Alabama) to Drexel

Promotions, Tenures, Chairs, and Professorships

  • Martin Begleiter (Drake) to Ellis and Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor of Law (renewal) 
  • Jack Bogdanski (Lewis & Clark) to Douglas K. Newell Faculty Scholar
  • Jeffrey Cooper (Quinnipiac) to Professor of Law with Tenure
  • Steven Dean (Brooklyn) to Professor of Law with Tenure
  • Bobby Dexter (Chapman) to Professor of Law with Tenure
  • Brant Hellwig (South Carolina) to Professor of Law with Tenure
  • Michael Kirsch (Notre Dame) to Professor of Law with Tenure
  • Roberta Mann (Oregon) to Dean's Distinguished Faculty Fellow
  • Ruth Mason (Connecticut) to Professor of law with Tenure
  • Grayson McCouch (San Diego) to Class of 1975 Endowed Professor of Law
  • Nancy McLaughlin (Utah) to Robert W. Swenson Professor of Law
  • Robert J. Peroni (Texas) to Fondren Foundation Centennial Chair for Faculty Excellence
  • Kerry Ryan (St. Louis) to Associate Professor of Law with Tenure
  • Joshua Tate (SMU) to Associate Professor of Law with Tenure
  • Richard Winchester (Thomas Jefferson) to Professor of Law with Tenure

Administrative Appointments

  • Joshua Blank (NYU) to Faculty Director, Graduate Tax Program
  • Sam Donaldson (U. Washington) to Associate Dean
  • Michael Hatfield (Texas Tech) to Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development
  • Nancy McLaughlin (Utah) to Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development
  • Scott Schumaker (U. Washington) to Director, Graduate Tax Program

Visits

  • 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)
  • Bill Lyons (Nebraska) to Boston College (Spring 2011)
  • Henry Lischer (SMU) to Georgetown (Fall 2010)
  • Larry Lokken (Florida) to Miami (Spring 2011)
  • 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)
  • John Prebble (Victoria University of Wellington) to SMU (Spring 2011)
  • 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)

Retirements and Departures

  • Regis Campfield (SMU), retired
  • Larry Lokken (Florida), retired; teaching at Miami

For prior years' Tax Prof Moves, see:

August 23, 2010 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Jobs, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Kim Brooks Named Dean at Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

Brooks Tax Prof Kim Brooks (McGill) has been named Dean of the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University. From the press release:

Professor Brooks graduated with a BA from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Laws from UBC and a Master of Laws (Taxation) from York University, Osgoode Hall Law School. Between UBC and York she worked for the firm Stikeman Elliott as a tax lawyer. Presently she holds the H. Heward Stikeman Chair in the Law of Taxation in the Faculty of Law at McGill University, having previously held appointments in the Faculties of Law at UBC and Queens, respectively. ...

Professor Brooks has significant experience with curriculum reform, strategic planning and advancement. She shows inexhaustible energy and passion for the law, for students and for law schools. She has a broad understanding of the changing contexts of legal education and law schools, and is deeply committed to seizing the opportunity before the Schulich School of Law to take the lead in curriculum reform, to increase its scholarly impact, to cultivate the professional legal community and to encourage students to work in the public interest.

July 7, 2010 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Tax Prof Visits, 2010-2011

The Faculty Lounge has updated its list of Law School Visitors 2010-2011.  My annual April post on Tax Prof Moves lists all of the Tax Prof visits for 2010-2011 (as well as tax-related VAP hires, entry-level hires, lateral moves, promotions, tenures, chairs, and professorships, administrative appointments, and retirements and departures):
  • 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)

June 25, 2010 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tax Profs Take Charge at Boston College

Repetti Ring 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. 

  

June 15, 2010 in Legal Education, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Tribute to Regis Campfield

CampfieldThe SMU Law Review has published a tribute to Regis Campfield upon his retirement after 32 years on the faculty (63 SMU L. Rev. 3-14 (2010)):

June 15, 2010 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Back in San Diego

Usd_photoI 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).

June 7, 2010 in Legal Education, Miscellaneous, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

IRS Names Charlotte Crane 2010-11 Professor-in-Residence

Crane IRS Chief Counsel William J. WIlkins has named Charlotte Crane (Northwestern) as the 2010-2011 Professor in Residence:

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)

June 3, 2010 in IRS News, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Harvey Joins Villanova Grad Tax Faculty as Distinguished Professor of Practice

Harvey J. Richard (Dick) Harvey will be joining the full-time faculty of Villanova Law's Graduate Tax Program as a Distinguished Professor of Practice.  From the Villanova press release:

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.

June 2, 2010 in Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, May 28, 2010

Tax Prof Anne Alstott Leaves Harvard to Return to Yale

Alstott Tax Prof Anne Alstott, who moved from Yale to Harvard in 2008, is returning to Yale, effective July 1, 2011. From her Harvard web page:

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).

May 28, 2010 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Richard Gershon Named Dean at Mississippi

Gershon 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.) 

May 21, 2010 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Lily Batchelder Named Chief Tax Counsel of Senate Finance Committee

Batchelder Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus today named Tax Prof Lily L. Batchelder (NYU) as Chief Tax Counsel.  From the press release:

“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.

May 17, 2010 in Congressional News, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Gershon, Pietruszkiewicz Are Finalists for Mississippi Deanship

Gershon Pietruszkiewicz_3_small 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.)   

April 19, 2010 in Legal Education, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Bogdanski Named Faculty Scholar at Lewis & Clark

Bogdanski Pix Jack Bogdanski has been named the inaugural Douglas K. Newell Faculty Scholar at Lewis & Clark "in recognition of his commitment to teaching excellence, student achievement, and rigorous scholarship." From Jack's faculty homepage:

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.

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.

April 18, 2010 in Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Larry Lokken Retires From Florida, Joins Miami Faculty

Lokken 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). 

  

  

April 14, 2010 in Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tax Implications of Visits and Sabbaticals

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.

April 6, 2010 in Legal Education, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, April 2, 2010

John Eason Leaves Tulane for Seattle

Eason John K. Eason (Tulane) has accepted a senior lateral offer from Seattle.  From the Seattle press release:

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.

April 2, 2010 in Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Sarah Lawsky Leaves GW for UC-Irvine

Lawsky Sarah Lawsky (George Washington; visiting at Virginia) has accepted a position at the new law school at UC-Irvine.  From Sarah's GW website:

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.

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.

March 22, 2010 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

David Hasen Leaves Penn State for Santa Clara

Hasen 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.

March 20, 2010 in Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Tax Prof Administrative Appointments at the University of Washington

Donaldson Schumacher Congratulations to two Tax Profs at the University of Washington School of Law (who also are authors of books (International Tax, Tax Crimes) in our LexisNexis Graduate Tax Series):

        • 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

March 11, 2010 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Tax Prof Finalists for Mercer Deanship

Gershon PietruszkC 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.

   

March 11, 2010 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Gregg Polsky Leaves Florida State for North Carolina

Polsky Faculty Lounge and Feminist Law Professors report that Gregg D. Polsky, Sheila M. McDevitt Professor of Law at Florida State, has accepted a senior offer at North Carolina.  Gregg previously was a tenured professor at Minnesota, a visiting professor at Florida, and Professor in Residence at the IRS's Office of Chief Counsel (2007-08).  (This is the second major tax loss for Florida State this year, as Brian Galle has accepted a lateral offer at Boston College.) 

February 18, 2010 in Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Grayson McCouch Named Endowed Professor at San Diego

McCouch Grayson McCouch has been named the 2010-2011 Class of 1975 Endowed Professor at San Diego.  From the press release:

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.

February 12, 2010 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves, Tax Profs | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Cliff Fleming Named Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Vienna

Fleming 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.)

February 12, 2010 in Tax, Tax Prof Moves, Tax Profs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, January 29, 2010

David Weisbach Spurns Yale Offer to Remain at Chicago

Weisbach 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.

  

   

January 29, 2010 in Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Brian Galle Leaves Florida State for Boston College

Galle 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).

January 27, 2010 in Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Tax Policy Center Offers to Host Tax Profs on Sabbatical

Rosanne Altshuler, Director of the Tax Policy Center, writes with the following generous offer to Tax Profs with upcoming sabbaticals:

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 info@taxpolicycenter.org.

January 22, 2010 in Tax, Tax Prof Jobs, Tax Prof Moves, Think Tank Reports | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, January 4, 2010

Joshua Blank Begins Work as Faculty Director of NYU Graduate Tax Program

Blank 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.

January 4, 2010 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Karen Brown Is Dean Finalist at Seattle

Brown Tax Prof Karen Brown (George Washington) is one of four dean finalists at Seattle:

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.

(Hat Tip: The Faculty Lounge.)

November 17, 2009 in Legal Education, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)