Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Tax Profs For Judge Sotomayor

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)


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Exactly what are Sotomayor's qualifications in tax law, that makes her popular with this group?

From a previous post of yours:

"Judge Sotomayor has not written extensively in the area of taxation, and it is not possible to draw conclusions about her judicial philosophy from the tax cases in which she has been involved. One Second Circuit case in which she authored an opinion has received attention, primarily because the Supreme Court, while agreeing with the holding, expressly disagreed with her reasoning."

You don't suppose that the law professors are expressing a left-wing ideological preference rather than a recommendation based upon her qualifications in their specialization in law?

I'm thinking that if Obama nominated Sotomayor, then she must have a problem with her tax returns.

Posted by: Woody | Jul 10, 2009 3:48:29 PM

Not surprising; as a class, there is probably no group further to the left than law school professors. I remember most of my LS profs with profound disgust. I'd be happy to sign a petition against Sotomayor. She's already shown where she's coming from.

Posted by: Jim | Jul 9, 2009 8:21:13 AM

I'd be happy to sign a letter in opposition if anyone is aware of one.

Posted by: mike livingston | Jul 9, 2009 6:46:12 AM