Saturday, July 17, 2004
John A. ("Jack") Bogdanski is a true tax Renaissance man: 5-time teacher of the year, author of a leading tax treatise, and the first tax professor to venture into the blogosphere.
Jack is a native of Newark, N.J. After graduating in 1975 with a degree in Classical Languages and Literature from St. Peter's College in Jersey City, he ventured west to earn his law degree from Stanford and never returned east. After a stint as a law clerk to Ninth Circuit Judge Alfred T. Goodwin, Jack practiced with Stoel Rives LLP in Portland and became a partner in 1983. He left private practice three years later to join the faculty at Lewis & Clark, where he has remained ever since in his beloved Portland (apart from a visiting stint at Stanford) despite entreaties from other law schools.
Jack is a five-time winner of Lewis & Clark's Leo Levenson Award for excellence in law teaching, most recently in 2003. He works tirelessly on behalf of his students, both as Director of the Lewis & Clark Tax Program and in connection with the Tax Moot Court Program, Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.
Jack brings a keen sense of humor to the classroom and to all that he does. For example, his faculty web site displays these pictures:
His web site also proudly notes that David Letterman read Jack's letter on the Late Show ("Dear Dave, Got any safety tips for raking leaves?"). [Editor's note: I guess you had to be there.]
Jack is an accomplished tax scholar. He is best known for his widely-acclaimed treatise, Federal Tax Valuation (Warren, Gorham & Lamont, 1996 & 2004 Supp.), which has been cited four times by the U.S. Tax Court. He is the editor-in-chief of the journal Valuation Strategies. He has written many articles on federal tax law and is the Closely Held Businesses and Valuation columnist for the journal Estate Planning. He is a frequent speaker on tax law topics at continuing education programs across the country.
Jack is currently on sabbatical from his weblog, Jack Bog's Blog. He muses on the blog about an eclectic mix of topics, from the President's tax returns to Oregon politics to the latest offerings at his local farmer's market. The site has resonated with the public, with over 150,000 visitors in two years.
Jack lives in Northeast Portland with his wife, Nolee Olson, and their daughters, Ella and Greta.
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