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Saturday, August 28, 2004

Tax Prof Spotlight: Francine Lipman

Saturday, August 28, 2004

This week's Tax Prof Spotlight continues our series of profiles of folks starting their careers this fall as tenure-track tax professors at American law schools. We hope the profiles will help introduce our newest tax colleagues to the academic tax community.

Photo of Professor LipmanIn fall 2003, Chapman University School of Law launched an LL.M. in Taxation program and Francine J. Lipman joined the law faculty. The move was easy for Francine because immediately prior to her appointment she was on the faculty of Chapman University’s School of Business and Economics, where she has taught tax and graduate level accounting courses. Francine teaches tax courses in Chapman’s J.D., LL.M. and accounting programs.

In addition to teaching, Francine enjoys working with law and accounting students in Chapman’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program each spring. "Working with students assisting our low-income neighbors with their federal and state tax compliance has been a fabulous learning experience for Chapman students and greatly beneficial for clients and me. Students learn quickly how to interview clients, organize information, apply their substantive tax knowledge and explain complicated tax issues (e.g., EIC), often through a translator. The students not only learn how to apply tax law efficiently (especially on April 15th with a long line out the door), they learn about the importance of public service by interacting with people whose lives and circumstances are often very different from their own."

Francine received her LL.M. in Taxation from NYU, where she served as a Graduate Editor on the Tax Law Review, and her J.D. from U.C. Davis, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the U.C. Davis Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Francine also has an M.B.A. and is a C.P.A. Prior to entering academia, Francine worked in the tax department of Arthur Young & Company in San Diego and with the law firms of O'Melveny & Myers LLP and Irell & Manella LLP in Newport Beach.

Francine's research interests include low-income taxpayer matters, the alternative minimum tax, environmental preservation, pass-thru entities and, most recently, disaster relief. Francine spent the summer of 2004 working on an article entitled Anatomy of a Disaster: Relief from the Rubble Under the Internal Revenue Code that will be looking for a home later this month.

Francine's most recent publications are:

Enabling Work for People with Disabilities: A Post-Integrationist Revision of Underutilized Tax Incentives, 53 Am. U. L. Rev. 393 (2003)
The Working Poor Are Paying for Government Benefits: Fixing the Hole in the Anti-Poverty Purse, 2003 Wis. L. Rev. 461
Her other scholarship has appeared in the Virginia Tax Review, Harvard Environmental Law Review, Harvard Journal on Legislation, Real Estate Law Journal, The Journal of Real Estate Taxation, The Practical Tax Lawyer, National Public Accountant, Taxes and Tax Notes.

In addition to writing, Francine enjoys reading and recommends David K. Shipler’s The Working Poor: Invisible in America and Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science by Michael White and John Gribbon. Francine spends her leisure time "materially participating" with her husband on their farm in northern Wisconsin and kayaking in and around Newport Bay.

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