Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Paul Caron Leaves Cincinnati for Pepperdine

After 23 years at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and the past four Spring semesters at Pepperdine University School of Law, I have accepted an offer to join Pepperdine's tenured faculty beginning in the Fall 2013 semester.

My wife and I loved our time in Cincinnati, as we launched our careers, raised our children, and found our faith there. We will be forever grateful that the University of Cincinnati College of Law and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio took a chance on us 23 years ago.

I am honored to join the line of lateral faculty that Pepperdine has hired in recent years, including Doug Kmiec (Dean, Catholic), Ed Larson (Georgia), Grant Nelson (UCLA), Bob Pushaw (Missouri), and Tom Stipanowich (Kentucky). Indeed, Brian Leiter (Chicago) recently noted Pepperdine's "steep upward trajectory of both lateral and junior hiring over the last decade," which is reflected in Pepperdine's dramatic rise in the U.S. News rankings, caused in large part by the third-largest increase in academic reputation among 172 law schools over the past 16 years (A Longitudinal Analysis of the U.S. News Law School Academic Reputation Scores between 1998 and 2013, 40 Fla. St. L. Rev. ___ (2013)).  

Although it is a Christian university, Pepperdine welcomes faculty of all faiths. Pepperdine's other lateral tenured hire this year is Ahmed Taha (Wake Forest), who will be the law school's first Muslim professor.

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Congratulations! Best of luck to you out at Pepperdine, a great school, and I hope your future posts don't rub in all the amazing weather you'll be enjoying.

Posted by: Prosecutorial Indiscretion | Apr 25, 2013 3:39:07 PM

UM...its the beach..right on campus...hard to resist.

Posted by: Nick Paleveda MBA J.D LL.M | Apr 25, 2013 10:26:36 AM


Cincinnati will miss both you and Courtney. You both have made the city and all the people you have touched better for having the opportunity to know you.

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!

Bob Lynch

Posted by: Bob Lynch | Apr 25, 2013 3:44:05 AM

Congratulations on your move, Paul - the West Coast continues to attract top Tax Profs.!

- Best, John

Posted by: John I. Forry / USD | Apr 25, 2013 2:57:33 AM

Paul that's wonderful good luck but don't spend too much time on the beach . . .

Posted by: michael livingston | Apr 25, 2013 2:53:51 AM

Congrats, it's a great move.

Posted by: Sandy P. | Apr 24, 2013 1:15:30 PM

Southern California seems to be getting a lot of tax folk (well, Pepperdine and San Diego). Will UCLA and USC follow? Is this because taxes are so high in California? Does this mean more sunny conferences?

Posted by: Eric Rasmusen | Apr 24, 2013 12:53:44 PM

Paul, congratulations both to you and Pepperdine! MH

Posted by: Michael | Apr 24, 2013 12:35:09 PM

"California Dreamin"

Enjoy! Pepperdine is getting what more schools need, someone who loves diversity of ideas!

Posted by: DLN | Apr 24, 2013 11:24:59 AM

Congratulations, Paul! Maybe I'll get to meet you some day.

Too bad you missed by two years the best window of opportunity to buy a house in Southern California that I've ever seen. It's still not too bad, though.

As a friend once told me, in Malibu you need to ask 3 questions: Does it shake? Does it slide? Does it burn?

As to the tax rate, I figure that market forces have already adjusted compensation rates to offset that, minus a deduction for the great weather and scenery. You won't believe how little air conditioning and heating you need. Weather is the secret to Californians' low energy consumption.

Posted by: AMTbuff | Apr 24, 2013 10:06:56 AM


Congratulations! I was just at Pepperdine Law for their sports law symposium -- what an impressive institution, with an outstanding faculty and student body. The location, of course, is also phenomenal. Best wishes.

Mike McCann

Posted by: Mike McCann | Apr 24, 2013 8:14:47 AM

Welcome to Southern California! I wish you and family great happiness and success!
Abe Carnow, CPA

Posted by: Abe Carnow | Apr 24, 2013 8:00:08 AM

I'm happy for you and wish you continued success at Pepperdine.

Posted by: Woody | Apr 24, 2013 7:55:20 AM

As Greg Mickelson would say, California is a great place to make your home.

Posted by: Bob | Apr 24, 2013 7:54:59 AM


Congratulations and and enjoy Southern California.

Your blog is indispensable and always a pleasure to read.

Best wishes,

Mark Hoose

Posted by: Mark Hoose | Apr 24, 2013 6:54:32 AM

Paul -


While I am sad that you are leaving my alma mater, I am very happy that you are headed to an institution that seems to be a perfect fit. I am certain that you will have the same profoundly positive effect on your students at Pepperdine as you did at Cincinnati (certainly including myself)!

All the best,

Dan White

Posted by: Dan White | Apr 24, 2013 6:45:52 AM

Congrats, Paul! Sounds like a wonderful move!

Pete Terranova. CPA
Oklahoma City, OK

Posted by: Peter Terranova | Apr 24, 2013 6:24:18 AM


Good luck in your new position. All of us hope that you will continue to produce this excellent source of information on tax policy, tax law and the legal profession.

David R.

Posted by: David R. | Apr 24, 2013 6:04:41 AM


Good Luck and God Bless

It's been a pleasure to read your blog every morning for the past 8 yrs after I discovered it in 2005

You posted a picture of the house you were staying at on the Pepperdine campus and I figured it was only a matter of time that you would trade the Ohio River for the beach



Posted by: John Mullowney | Apr 24, 2013 4:57:02 AM