Monday, August 24, 2009
Tax Prof Susan Kalinka, the Harriet S. Daggett-Frances Leggio Landry Professor of Law at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, died this morning. She was 60 years old. From LSU Chancellor Jack M. Weiss:
Professor Kalinka was an exceptional teacher and scholar of tax law. She inspired dozens of students to seek specialized degrees in tax law and to pursue careers in that field. She was passionate about her work and about her students. She will be missed greatly and remembered fondly.
Update #1: From Susan's tax colleague, Chris Pietruszkiewicz, Vice Chancellor - Business and Financial Affairs & J.Y. Sanders Professor of Law at LSU:
I am saddened to report that Professor Susan Kalinka passed early this morning after a sudden illness. Susan joined the LSU faculty in 1988 and, for 20 years, has only ever had one passion – students. Some people have a personality that others want to follow but Susan had much more than that, building a tax program in which over 90% of our students enroll in at least one tax class despite its absence from the Louisiana Bar Exam. She not only encouraged tax students to apply for LL.M. programs, but she funded their application fees, sending over 35 students to tax LL.M. programs in the last five years. Without fanfare, she devoted countless hours to the Baton Rouge community with her VITA program.
Her gift was inspiring students and, we are enormously thankful for everything that she did and everything that she represents. As a colleague for nine years, I gained a mentor – and a friend, one who created a fantastic place to be a tax professor. Two decades of students had the benefit of the kindness and dedication of Professor Mom and, while we are very sorry to see her pass so early in life, we celebrate her life as a colleague, teacher, mentor, and, most importantly, a wonderful person.
Update #2: From the LSU press release:
Professor Kalinka had been diagnosed recently with cancer. She had been undergoing treatment for only a few weeks, and her condition deteriorated rapidly over the weekend.
Family members have asked that colleagues, students, alumni, and friends send written comments regarding Professor Kalinka and her teaching career at LSU. Comments, photos, and personal remembrances may be sent to KalinkaCondolences@law.lsu.edu.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
This initial one year appointment involves teaching and supervision of law students who are learning to practice law in a client-centered manner. This is a grant funded position and continued employment beyond one year is contingent continuation of the grant. Subject to grant funding, this position may become a renewable long-term contract upon review after three years of continuing successful performance.
Applications (cover letter, resume and list of references) can be sent to Barbara Jordan-Smith.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Columbia today released a letter signed by 1,200 law professors supporting the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. Among the signatories are these Tax Profs:
- Nancy Abramowitz (American)
- Ellen Aprill (Loyola-L.A.)
- Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan)
- Karen Brown (George Washington)
- Noel Cunningham (NYU)
- Barbara Fried (Stanford)
- Brian Galle (Florida State)
- Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)
- Roberta Mann (Oregon)
- Elena Marty-Nelson (Nova)
- Ajay Mehrotra (Indiana-Bloomington)
- Reginald Mombrun (North Carolina Central)
- Robert Peroni (Texas)
- William Popkin (Indiana-Bloomington)
- Mildred Robinson (Virginia)
- Richard Schmalbeck (Duke)
- Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)
- Joshua Tate (SMU)
- William Turnier (North Carolina)
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.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
He has provided pro bono services for the past 10 years for the New York State Breast Cancer Support and Education Network, as well as for the Capital Region Action against Breast Cancer, and he has handled more than 20 cases for the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York. Professor Bloom also helped the Community Foundation of the Capital Region plan their recent symposium on Emerging Issues in Planning & Philanthropy.
Friday, June 5, 2009
The award is given only in those years when the Executive Committee of the Taxation Section concludes that there is a then living leader of the Los Angeles tax bar who has made an outstanding contribution to the community and to the legal profession in the field of taxation. Generally, such service involves a broad participation in community and public service coupled with achievement as a leader on the Bench, in legal education, tax literature, or in practice as a lawyer, and may involve a combination of these factors.
The award is especially dear to Ellen, since she and her husband Sandy Holo (Musick, Peeler, Los Angeles) met through the LACBA Tax Section (she was chair and Sandy was on the Executive Committee). Sandy won the award in 2006 -- Ellen and Sandy are the first couple to have both won the award in its 30+-year history. Ellen is first law professor and third woman to win the award.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Trustees Awards recognize excellence in teaching, and are awarded by a committee that reviews student and faculty nominations.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
- Prof. Beyer was selected the 2009 Outstanding First Yirst Professor of the Year by vote of the 1L students. (He also received the 2007 Outstanding Professor of the Year Award by vote of 1L, 2L, and 3L students.)
- Prof. Hatfield was selected the 2009 Outstanding Advanced Professor of the Year by vote of the 2L and 3L students. (He also received the award in 2008. In 2006, Professors Beyer and Hatfield shared the Outstanding Professor of the Year as selected by the 1L, 2L, and 3L students.)
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
The 3L class also selects its Professor of the Year, who hoods each graduate as they walk on the stage. For the second time Professor Scott Taylor has been chosen. Professor Taylor’s scholarship is wide ranging and includes articles on the taxation of captive insurance, integration of the corporate income tax, taxation in Indian Country, taxation of Indian gaming, innovations in legal education, harmonization of consumption taxes, and law and technology. Taylor has developed a national reputation as an authority on taxation in Indian Country. At the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Taylor teaches Taxation and Native America Law among other courses.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Mitchell Gans, JD, is the Steven A. Horowitz Distinguished Professor of Tax Law at Hofstra. Before joining the law school faculty, he had been an associate in the Tax and Trust and Estates Departments at the New York City law firm of Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett and law clerk to Associate Judge Jacob D. Fuchsberg, New York State Court of Appeals. He is an Academic Fellow at the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the NYU School of Law.
Thomas Griffith, John B. Milliken Professor of Taxation at USC has been awarded the William A. Rutter Distinguished Teaching Award. (Prof. Griffith is pictured holding the award next to Mr. Rutter.) From the USC press release:
"He's been the prime mover in our academic support program. In his criminal law class, he teaches an extra hour each week for which he receives no extra teaching credit, no extra compensation, but rather he does it because he recognizes that all USC Law students can be successful attorneys," [Dean] Rasmussen said.
"Tax, by all accounts, is one of the most complex statutory courses that we teach at the law school ... [Griffith] has that rare and important ability of great professors to be clear without inordinately simplifying the material; he's able to ensure that everyone in the classroom understands precisely what is being said and learns the basic structure and argument of our tax code."
Saturday, April 25, 2009
The American Economic Association announced on Friday that Emmanuel Saez (UC-Berkeley, Department of Economics) has won the 2009 John Bates Clark Medal, awarded to the "American economist under the age of forty who is judged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge." From the press release:
Emmanuel Saez has distinguished himself through definitive contributions to the field of Public Economics. His work attacks policy questions from both theoretical and empirical perspectives, on the one hand refining the theory in ways that link the characteristics of optimal policy to measurable aspects of the economy and of behavior, while on the other hand undertaking careful and creative empirical studies designed to fill the gaps in measurement identified by the theory. Through a collection of interrelated papers, he has brought the theory of taxation closer to practical policy making, and has helped to lead a resurgence of academic interest in taxation.
Monday, April 20, 2009
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).
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
The U.S. tax code is so complex that almost no one can file a tax return without making a mistake, according to New York University Law School Professor Deborah Schenk. On the eve of the April 15 tax deadline, Schenk gives Robert Siegel examples of common mistakes.
Monday, April 6, 2009
- William J. Brown (Pittsburgh)
- Samuel A. Donaldson (Washington)
- Lawrence A. Frolik (Pittsburgh)
- William H. Lyons (Nebraska)
- Michael T. Yu (California-Western)
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
- Georgia State
- South Carolina
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- Association of Legal Writing Directors, Legal Writing Institute, 2008 Survey Results
- American Association of Law Libraries, 2007 Salary Survey
- Center for the Study of Applied Legal Education
Friday, March 20, 2009
Professor Stark joined the UCLA Law faculty in 1996 and quickly became a popular professor. He was elected Professor of the Year by the law school graduating classes of 1999 and 2002. In 2003, he received the University Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest honor for teaching awarded by UCLA.
Monday, March 16, 2009
This isn't a "scholarly" publication; it's aimed at a non-academic audience of investors and their advisors. But, as we all know, the distinction between the practical and the theoretical in tax law is a tenuous one, and I welcome articles not only from practitioners but also from the tax academy. A number of academics serve on the board, and many have written for JTI over the years. In short, this is an opportunity to put promotion-and-tenure issues to the side and to focus on matters that lend themselves to nice 10-25 page discussions-—footnoted, but not overdone. (You can expand the piece for promotion purposes later.) I interpret "investments" broadly—-indeed, I interpret "taxation" broadly as well-—but remember the audience.
Friday, February 6, 2009
I could not help but wonder what would happen if my tax situation were to become a matter of public debate.
I actually have recently become aware of an issue that might raise an eyebrow or two. My employer provides me with a laptop computer (in addition to my office desktop computer), which I use while traveling to conferences, etc. I also, of course, keep it at home when I am not on the road, using it for everything that I do on a computer. Since much of what I do is not job-related, I am using the computer (that the university owns) for personal as well as professional matters. As a matter of tax law, the question is whether the professional use is enough to prevent this from being counted as income to me, in the same way that use of my desk chair at work is excluded from my income. If so, this would be a deviation from consistent income tax rules, because my employer's provision of this computer makes it unnecessary for me to spend my own money on a laptop computer (which I surely would otherwise do). If I get to use this computer tax-free, I am being treated better than people who pay taxes on their salaries and then use their after-tax income to buy a laptop computer to use at home.
Stated this way, it becomes obvious that the only way I should be able to exclude the value of this benefit from my income is if the Internal Revenue Code explicitly allows me to do so. Otherwise, the default is for me to pay tax on the value of what I am receiving. The thing is, I had never even thought about this until a couple of weeks ago, when the issue was raised on the TaxProf blog (linking to an article from the Chronicle of Higher Education). As it turns out, there is no provision in the Code that excludes university-provided laptops from being taxable. Since I received the computer on Jan. 1, 2007, I need to amend my 2007 taxes and to get this right when I do my 2008 taxes on April 14 of this year.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
The AALS has announced that the following Tax Profs have been selected as the Teacher of the Year for 2007-08 at their respective law schools:
Samuel A. Donaldson (University of Washington)
Heather M. Field (UC-Hastings)
William H. Lyons (Nebraska)
Michael T. Yu (California Western)
Prior Tax Teachers of the Year:
Saturday, December 27, 2008
I always attempt to bridge that chasm between practicing lawyers and law professors (although realizing that a favorable mention of a law professor's blog outside academia might be disastrous for his or her tenure chances, I try to be careful). Jim Maule's Mauled Again is all about tax law developments and, as I've said before, it is so darned interesting that you won't believe you are reading a tax law blog by a tax law professor. I've found his coverage and insights into the current economic crisis to be invaluable.
Friday, November 28, 2008
That's the Ticket, by Sue Reisinger (p. 16):
The story of how an impeccably times traffic ticket helped transform a shy Russian chemist into one of the nation's leading tax scholars. ...
The role that chance has played in the life of Columbia Law School Professor Alex Raskolnikov is, in his word, incredible. Asked why he decided to give up a career in chemistry to study law, Raskolnikov credits luck as much as conscious planning. ...
Raskolnikov graduated with highest honors from Moscow's Mendeleev University of Chemical technology in 1988. Three years later, at age 25, he left Russia to join his father, who had immigrated to Michigan. There he worked as a metallurgist until a minor fender-bender changed his life. Facing a $160 traffic ticket -- "a very large fine by my standards at the time" -- Raskolnikov asked the police office how he could fight the citation.
The officer told him about traffic court, and the rest, as they say, is history. "This is a great country," Raskolnikov says, recalling the hearing. "I got to thinking about what I could say, and how I would convince the judge. And I thought, 'My God, this is kind of fun!'" The ticket was dismissed, and a future lawyer was born.
Raskolnikov, who at the time wasn't confident in his social skills, went to Yale Law School, and sought a field where "substantive expertise is more important than interpersonal skills." He settled on tax law.
- Tax Man, by Daniel Gross (pp. 20-27):
Columbia Law School's newest faculty member, Michael Graetz, has decided to make the move from New Haven to Morningside Heights. Now if he could just convince the nation that its tax code needs an overhaul. ...
Graetz's curriculum vitae is stocked with the usual accoutrements of a distinguished academic: degrees from Emory University and the University of Virginia, authorship of several books and textbooks, articles that number in the three digits, and stints in two presidential adminstrations. "If you wanted to list the three best tax professors in the country, he's in that group," say Alex Rasknolnikov, professor of law at Columbia.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Congratulations to Tax Prof Pat Cain and her long time partner Jean Love, who were married on October 4, 2008 in San Francisco. Pat previously taught at the University of Texas School of Law for 17 years (1974-1991) and at University of Iowa School of Law for 16 years (1991-2007), before moving with Jean to Santa Clara University School of Law in 2007 as the Inez Mabie Distinguished Professor of Law. I got to know Pat as a contributor to our Tax Stories book; her chapter is one of my favorites -- Ch. 9: The Story of Earl: How Echoes (and Metaphors) from the Past Continue to Shape the Assignment of Income Doctrine. (Pat and Jean are pictured in front of the Empress Hornblower on which they got married in San Francisco Bay; their Iowa friends and colleagues celebrated at the same time at a party hosted by Bill and Barby Buss at their home, dubbed the Empress Cornblower for the evening.)
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
- Thomas G. Bost (Pepperdine)
- Kristin E. Hickman (Minnesota)
- Douglas A. Kahn (Michigan)
- Michael A. Livingston (Rutgers-Camden)
- Philip D. Oliver (Arkansas-Little Rock)
- Anthony Polito (Suffolk)
- Ira B. Shepard (Houston)
- Jack F. Williams (Georgia State)
Friday, September 19, 2008
The Fall 2008 issue of NYU's alumni magazine -- The Law School -- is out (and, as the granddaddy of Law Porn, mailed to every law professor in the United States in advance of next month's U.S. News peer review survey). It includes a Professorial Pop Quiz with fun facts about faculty hired during Dean Richard L. Revesz's term (2002-). Match these "fun facts" with the appropriate Tax Prof: Lily Batchelder and Mitchell Kane:
- He/she is shy (but loves teaching), is an expert in international tax arbitrage, and once slept right through his/her stop on an Italian train, waking up in Verona.
- Who broke up fights in a soup kitchen as a social worker, managed a state senator’s reelection campaign and left a tax practice at Skadden, Arps for NYU?
Answers below the fold:
Thursday, September 18, 2008
"This is a great honor, and it is fitting that it will go to someone of Jim's distinction," said BC Law Dean John H. Garvey. ...
Repetti, who joined the faculty of BC Law School in 1986, has been recognized for both research and teaching. Hailed as a leading tax law scholar and the author of seminal work in his field, he also was selected by the student body to be the first recipient, in 1999, of the Law School's award for excellence in teaching.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Arthur J. Cockfield (Queen's University Faculty of Law) has published:
- Use Taxes to Open Up U.S. Border, National Post, Sept. 6, 2008:
- Finding Silver Linings in the Storm: An Evaluation of Recent Canada-U.S. Cross-border Tax Developments, C.D. Howe Commentary No. 272 (Sept. 2008)
Art also was awarded two major federal research grants:
- $77,750 (as sole applicant) from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (a federal research grant agency) to study Reforming Laws and Policies Surrounding Cross-border Tax Information Exchanges' from 2008-2010.
- $2.5 million (with five other co-applicants) from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council for The New Transparency project, an inter-disciplinary research project on the social implications of the emerging surveillance society, including privacy concerns surrounding cross-border tax information exchanges.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tax Prof Patricia E. Dilley (Florida) has received a Rockefeller Foundation Innovation Award for her proposal, Restoring Old Age Income Security for Low Wage Workers. See press releases from the Rockefeller Foundation and the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Congratulations to Illinois Tax Profs Vic Fleischer and Miranda Perry-Fleischer, who welcomed Penelope Everett Fleischer into the world on Tuesday (4 weeks early!) at 6 lbs 3 oz. See the great picture here. For TaxProf Blog coverage of their journey, see here (engagement), here (marriage), and here (move to Illinois).
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Tax Prof Steven J. Willis (Florida) is one of the fifty candidates who have applied to fill two upcoming vacancies on the Florida Supreme Court. Steve joined the Florida faculty in 1981, having previously taught at NYU. He earned his B.A. (1974) and J.D. (1977) from LSU, and his tax LL.M. (1979) from NYU. He is the co-author of one of our books in the LexisNexis Graduate Tax Series, Federal Tax Accounting (2006) (with Michael Lang (Chapman) & Elliot Manning (Miami)).
Monday, June 23, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Jim Maule noted on his blog yesterday that "retirement is around the corner if I have my way." That took me by surprise, since Jim is one of the most active Tax Profs I know, and he's only 57! I hope Villanova students are lining up to take Jim's tax courses while they still have the chance. He noted that he has taught 4,000 - 5,000 students in his 25 years at Villanova. Most remarkably, Jim has taught Partnership Tax 60 times -- that has to be a record!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Oregon has announced several professorship appointments, including:
Susan Gary, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, as Orlando J. and Marian H. Hollis Professor of Law:
Professor Gary's research examines the way inheritance laws apply to changing family structures, regulation of nonprofit organizations, and use of mediation in estate planning and probate. She currently serves as reporter for the Uniform Management of Institutional Funds Act.
Nancy Shurtz, as Bernard Kliks Professor of Law:
Professor Shurtz's scholarly interests include individual and business tax law, tax policy, environmental policy, and women and the law. She is editor for the Media/Book Products Committee of the American Bar Association's Real Property, Probate, and Trust section. Professor Shurtz has been a literature reviewer and columnist for Estate Planning magazine since 1990.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
We are excited to have David join us in the fall to carry on the fine tradition we reinstituted last year when first Calvin Johnson, and after him Gregg Polsky, joined us as professors in residence,” Korb said. “It is an extremely worthwhile program for both our lawyers, particularly the more recent hires, and for the law professors.”
Polsky’s term as professor in residence will end on June 30. Hasen will serve a nine-month term starting in late October. ...
The IRS Office of Chief Counsel revived its Professor in Residence program in 2006 after being dormant since the late 1980s. The program provides some of the nation’s top legal academicians the opportunity to contribute to the development of legal tax policy and administration.
Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:
- IRS Names Calvin Johnson 2007 Professor-in-Residence (1/10/07)
- Polsky Named 2007-08 Professor in Residence (6/5/07)
Monday, March 17, 2008
The third annual Junior Tax Scholars' Workshop will be held this year at New York University from the evening of Thursday, June 5th through Saturday, June 7th. The workshop is an opportunity for junior tax faculty to meet each other and present works-in-progress in a supportive environment. All participants present a work-in-progress, are assigned two discussants, and serve as a discussant twice. We welcome presentations at any stage, from outlines and preliminary ideas to almost-final drafts.
In order to ensure that all participants can present, the size of the workshop is limited. New participants will be added on a first-come basis. The workshop is open to scholars who have a tenure-track appointment and will not have received tenure by the date of the workshop. If you are interested in participating, please contact Lily Batchelder, Miranda Fleischer, Vic Fleischer, or Dennis Ventry.
Monday, February 18, 2008
One thing I'll say for Sarah, she definitely came in with some flair. A key feature of the paper that she came to NYU to present is its criticizing moi (of all people), in this case for a hypothetical in a paper of mine discussing tax penalties ...
The most deflating thing about it all was having one's nose rubbed in the brute fact of the passage of time. Time was that I and others in my age cohort (law professors such as Bankman, Griffith, Kaplow, Fried, Strnad, McCaffery, and Weisbach) were the young pups criticizing the work of the prior generation, and sometimes meeting a rough reception. Now we're the establishment (as Sarah crisply, and I would say irrefutably, informed me) and thus can expect similar treatment from younger persons of spirit. I believe we'll be a lot nicer about it, however. But then again let's not revisit the dead past, or revive disputes that by this point have been so fully resolved that they tend to show up, if at all, purely as schtick.
For a technical explanation of Sarah's criticism of Dan's paper, and Dan's response, see below the fold:
Monday, February 4, 2008
The University of Illinois College of Law has received a $1.3 million gift from June E. Michael to honor Tax Prof John D. Colombo. The gift will be used to create the John D. Colombo Professorship in Law and several need-based student scholarships.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
The AALS has announced that the following Tax Profs have been selected as the Teacher of the Year for 2006-07 at their respective law schools:
J. Martin Burke (Montana)
Bridget J. Crawford (Pace)
James M. Delaney (Wyoming)
Jeffrey L. Kwall (Loyola-Chicago)
Linda F. Sugin (Fordham)
Patrick E. Tolan (Barry)
Michael T. Yu (California Western)
See the 2005-06 Tax Teachers of the Year here.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
There are 63 quotations by Tax Profs in As Certain as Death -- Quotations About Taxes (2008 Edition), an annual collection of 1,371 quotations published in Tax Notes by Jeffery L. Yablon (Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, Washington, D.C.). Below the fold are the quotations from these Tax Profs:
- Alice G. Abreu (Temple)
- Joseph Bankman (Stanford)
- Boris I. Bittker (Yale)
- Walter Blum (Chicago)
- Evelyn Brody (Chicago-Kent)
- James Bryce (Alabama)
- Paul L. Caron (Cincinnati)
- Charles Davenport (Rutgers-Newark)
- Jonathan Barry Forman (Oklahoma)
- Martin D. Ginsburg (Georgetown)
- Michael J. Graetz (Yale)
- Erwin N. Griswold (Harvard)
- James Hines (Michigan)
- Calvin H. Johnson (Texas)
- Marjorie E. Kornhauser (Arizona State)
- Edward J. McCaffery (USC)
- Paul R. McDaniel (Florida)
- Martin J. McMahon Jr. (Florida)
- Joel S. Newman (Wake Forest)
- Sheldon D. Pollack (Delaware)
- Joshua Rosenberg (San Francisco)
- Deborah H. Schenk (NYU)
- Joel Slemrod (Michigan)
- Dennis J. Ventry Jr. (American)
- David A. Weisbach (Chicago)
- Bernard Wolfman (Harvard)
- George K. Yin (Virginia)
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Jim Maule's Mauled Again is all about tax law developments and it is so darn interesting that you won't believe. Or maybe the time I spent earlier in my career as a tax lawyers colors my opinion toward this blog. Jim has a great accessible style and an always-interesting perspective on his topics and legal education. Probably the best compliment you can pay a law professor blog is that it makes you want to take a class with them, and Jim's definitely does.
(Hat Tip: Law Librarian Blog.)
Thursday, December 27, 2007
In my pre-tenure attempt at tax humor (Tax Myopia, or Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Tax Lawyers, 13 Va. Tax Rev. 517 (1994)), I relied on several items about tax legend Martin Ginsburg. Dan Solove pointed me (via Peter Lattman) to Marty's wonderful web bio:
Professor Ginsburg attended Cornell University, stood very low in his class and played on the golf team. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School which, in those years, did not field a golf team.
Professor Ginsburg entered private practice in New York City in 1958. He withdrew from full-time practice when appointed the Beekman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and moved to Georgetown University in 1980 when his wife obtained a good job in Washington. ...
In 1993, the National Women's Political Caucus gave Professor Ginsburg its "Good Guy" award; history reveals no prior instance of a tax lawyer held to be a "Good Guy," or even a "Decent Sort." ...
Professor Ginsburg's spouse was a lawyer before she found better work. Their older child was a lawyer before she became a schoolteacher. The younger child, when he feels grumpy, threatens to become a lawyer.
One of Marty's students may be right: "He may actually be the funniest law professor in America."
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Richard Delgado (Pittsburgh) discusses the case of Jorge Marquez, a fictional Tax Prof at a mid-tier law school, in That New Latino Won’t Play Nice, part of his regular Ask Mom series of advice columns on BlackProf, dealing with the "everyday problems that professors (especially professors of color) face" in the legal academy.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
How cool is your tax professor? I’m going to be adding some reader-generated interviews to my “Getting to Know You Thursday” feature - and I’m specifically looking for great tax professors. If you know one (or are one), send me a quick blurb with a name, law school and why they’re great. Maybe you’ll see your fave on taxgirl!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
- Bryan Camp (Texas Tech): "I am thankful for all the rejection letters I recevied over the years. If any of them had been otherwise, I may not have ended up here at Texas Tech, or meeting and marrying my wonderful wife, or being blessed to be a dad, for all of which I am very thankful."
- Paul Caron (Cincinnati): "I am thankful for my wonderful wife and children, the best job in the world, our church community (particularly the men in my Friday morning accountability group), and the God that makes it all possible."
- Sheldon Cohen (former IRS Commissioner): "I am thankful for a tax system which, despite all of its flaws (which are well known to this group), is administered by an honest and competent IRS that serves our country well....would that the political system allowed it to be better, but it is one of the very best in the world and it delivers for us in spite of its defects."
- Jeff Cooper (Quinnipiac): "I'm thankful for the friends and colleagues who helped guide me towards this wonderful profession two years ago, for the students who constantly validate my career choice, and the loving wife who said, and truly meant, 'who cares if it means taking a huge pay cut.' At least we no longer pay AMT."
- Richard Gershon (Dean, Charleston): "I watched Fiddler on The Roof with my beautiful wife and my two young children this past weekend. I am thankful that my grandparents, who were forced to leave their home, came to this wonderful country. My children have the freedom to learn and to celebrate without fear. That is no small thing."
- Mona Hymel (Arizona): "I am thankful for my children and a career that I love. I am thankful to be healthy and have wonderful friends and colleagues. I am thankful to you for making the tax professor community seem like we are each only an office away from each other."
- Jim Maule (Villanova): [see here]
- Ann Murphy (Gonzaga): "I am grateful that I have a roof over my head, food to eat, and warm clothes. I am grateful that I am in one of the highest tax brackets (which means I earn a lot more than most), and I am grateful that I have enough money to send some to Bangladesh."
- Walter Schwidetzky (Baltimore): "Americans are among the most fortunate of peoples on the planet and, to my mind, law professors are among the most fortunate Americans. I am consistently slightly amazed by the amount of good fortune I have had in my life. I think it is important for those of us who have been so fortunate both to remember that fact (as opposed to primarily comparing ourselves to those who are even more fortunate) and to share our good fortune with others."
- Alan Westheimer (Houston): "I am most grateful for another good year, despite a very slow start, and the opportunity to use the tax knowledge I gained over 40 years to do important and meaningful work. I am also thankful for my health and the opportunity to continue to pay off the mortgage I took on 5 years ago so my long-suffering wife could finally have the house of her dreams. Retire? Me? Not on your life."
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Here is the beginning of the article (Professor's Proposal Angers Wall Street, by Lisa Lerer):
With a shock of spiky red hair and a self-described case of stage fright, University of Illinois law professor Victor Fleischer doesn’t seem like the kind of guy to simultaneously take on Wall Street billionaires and high-profile lawmakers. But over the past year, the baby-faced professor has fallen into the adversarial role, challenging Congress to curtail some of The Street’s biggest payouts.
In 2006, the 36-year-old lawyer published a draft of his paper suggesting a tax hike for hedge fund, venture capital and private equity managers. At the time, his work made the reading lists of a handful of nerdy graduate students and professors fascinated by the inner workings of the tax code.
Today, the paper — scheduled to be published in next year’s New York University Law Review — is a must-read in Washington. As Congress feverishly debates tax policy, Fleischer has become this season’s academic It Boy.
“No one had any idea that this issue would become such a political firestorm,” Fleischer says, sitting in a restaurant near his modest Champaign, Ill., home. “It’s such an arcane issue that’s so hard to explain and understand, and now it’s something that presidential candidates have to have on their list of issues.”
Last week, Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) introduced his long-awaited “mother of all tax reforms.” Included in the $1 trillion bill is the controversial tax hike on the private equity, hedge fund and venture capital industries.
The legislation would do almost exactly what Fleischer suggests: hike taxes on the “carried interest” portion of the investment manager’s income from the current 15 percent capital gains fee to the 35 percent income tax that rich Americans typically pay. A proposal in the Senate would apply the same increase to publicly traded private equity firms.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Here are the Tax Profs who will be at the AALS faculty recruitment conference over the next two days:
- Alice Abreu (Temple) (Chair)
- Beau Baez (Charlotte)
- Joe Bankman (Stanford) (Chair)
- Rob Bartow (Temple)
- Allison Christians (Wisconsin)
- Joseph Dodge (Florida State)
- Richard Gershon (Charleston) (Dean)
- Kristin Hickman (Minnesota)
- Anthony Infanti (Pittsburgh) (Chair)
- Ronald Jensen (Pace)
- Christian Johnson (Loyola-Chicago)
- Lily Kahng (Seattle)
- Don Leatherman (Tennessee)
- Larry Lokken (Florida)
- Elliott Manning (Miami)
- Christine Manolakas (McGeorge)
- Nick Mirkay (Widener)
- Nancy McLaughlin (Utah) (Chair)
- Amy Monahan (Missouri-Columbia)
- Shari Motro (Richmond)
- Katherine Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)
- Margaret Raymond (Iowa)
- Jim Repetti (Boston College) (Chair)
- Kerry Ryan (St. Louis)
- Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)
- Kirk Stak (UCLA) (Co-Chair)
- Linda Sugin (Fordham)
- Ann Thomas (New York Law School)
- Stephanie Willbanks (Vermont)
For those Tax Profs who would like to get together socially, Jim Repetti has organized a get together in the Lobby Bar in the Marriott Wardman Park at 9:00 p.m. on Friday night
Thursday, October 18, 2007
The Chronicle of Higher Education recently carried a piece in which "several scholars shared their secret (or not so secret) guilty pleasures -- their passions outside the classroom." Chicago Law Prof Cass Sunstein responded that his guilty pleasure is the Lost TV show.
Following the lead of other Law Prof Blogs, I asked the members of the TaxProf Email Discussion Group to share their "guilty pleasures." Scanning the list below -- reading Shakespeare, gardening, playing the accordion, etc. -- proves once again that the Tax Professorate is filled with a bunch of Wild and Crazy Guys (and Gals):
- Donna Byrne (William Mitchell) (left): "My accordion. I started a little over 4 years ago. Last Fall I had to catch up on some CLE credits. There was a farmers' market on the street outside the CLE Center in downtown Minneapolis, so I took my accordion with me and went out at lunchtime to become a street musician. I made eight dollars in an hour in the rain -- two weeks in a row. I guess I won't quit my day job just yet."
- Linda Beale (Wayne State): "My guilty pleasure is gardening or, in its most favored form, contemplating the garden. Somehow getting my hands in the dirt and helping something grow, bloom and prosper and then being able to admire the result seems to counter life’s many little disappointments, whether it is the occasionally tense faculty or committee meeting or the class discussion that died in the water rather than soaring like I had hoped. I especially like the possibility of indulging my creative side in a format that provides real benefits for myself (exercise, fresh air, and relaxation) and my community (a natural showplace in the making)."
- Paul Caron (Cincinnati): "Jon Stewart's The Daily Show." (Following up on Donna's "guilty pleasure": there must be something about accordion training leading to a tax academic career. Check out the picture on the right of my early accordion stylings.)
- Jon Forman (Oklahoma): "I've been riding motorcycles since college and just replaced my 1978 Honda 400 Hawki C50 with a brand new Suzuki C50 (800cc cruiser)."
- Francine Lipman (Chapman): "Ocean kayaking."
- Jim Maule (Villanova): "Partaking of chocolate, sailing on the QE2 and QM 2, driving across the country, researching family history, riding trains."
- Ann Murphy (Gonzaga): "People magazine."
- Robert Nassau (Syracuse): "Surfing eBay (for all manner of things)."
- Allan Samansky (Ohio State): "Reading Shakespeare plays and reading the Odyssey in the original Greek."
- Kirk Stark (UCLA): "Flight of the Conchords."
- Chris Hoyt (Missouri-Columbia):
- Visiting Presidential Museums: "I'm a history buff. With my travels, I have visited every Presidential Museum in the nation except for President Clinton's in Little Rock. Hope to get there someday. Though I understand that the Clinton Museum has something that I haven't seen at any other Presidential Museum: a two-drink minimum."
- "Playing the guitar. [Check out the YouTube video below.] "I'm the guy with the white jacket. The bass player is also a professor. The other performers are students. I have always thought that Chuck Berry's guitar riffs are the essence of Rock and Roll. I'm still looking for that amplifier 'that goes to eleven.'"
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Alice Abreu, one of my favorite law school professors, is the well-served recipient of the 2007 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching at Temple University. Abreu teaches taxation, corporate taxation, international tax, and tax policy (if you’re at Temple, take this class!), among other courses. ...
[O]ne of the best tax professors you’ll ever hear speak (ask Harvard, where they gave her a standing “O”). I sauntered up to her on the first day of class to explain, when she told us that we had three “passes” for absences, that I had two excused absences: I was taking the bar exam and I was traveling with my husband. “Great, you have one more,” she replied. I needed professors like her that wouldn’t put up with my crap. I made every single Tax Policy class except for those two days. And to this day, it remains my favorite tax class ever.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Approximately 1,600 lawyers work for the department in over 40 offices around the country. Each year the IRS Office of Chief Counsel selects one attorney from around the country as its Attorney of the Year.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Patricia A. Cain has been named the Inez Mabie Distinguished Professor of Law at Santa Clara. She previously served as Vice Provost and Aliber Family Chair in Law at Iowa, and as a member of the faculty at the University of Texas for 17 years. For more details, see the press release.