Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tax Prof Mount Rushmore

Mount RushmoreLebron James sparked a meme over the NBA's version of Mount Rushmore (Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and George Washington) when he listed the four greatest players in NBA history as Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and Oscar Robertson.  Kobe Bryant chimed in with his own version:  Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and Bill Russell.  ESPN has created a Mount Rushmore of Sports, with lists of the four all-time greats in a variety of sports, and the media has created a wide range of Mount Rushmore lists.

I thought it would be fun to create a Tax Prof Mount Rushmore.  I asked the 350 subscribers to the TaxProf Email Discussion Group to take a survey identifying the four tax professors who belong on the TaxProf Mount Rushmore.  57 (16.3%) of the subscribers completed the survey and voted for 56 different tax professors.  The Tax Prof Mount Rushmore is:

Tax Prof Mount Rushmore

Boris Bittker (Yale) (named on 72% of ballots), James Eustice (NYU) (25%), Marty Ginsburg (Georgetown) (25%), and Stanley Surrey (Harvard) (37%).

The other top vote getters were Bill Andrews (Harvard) (23%), Michael Graetz (Columbia) (18%), Erwin Griswold (Harvard) (14%), and Marvin Chirelstein (Columbia) (12%).

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Look at it this way: at least Lincoln wasn't saddled with student loans

Posted by: michael livingston | Feb 20, 2014 2:26:13 AM

Anon, Lincoln was graduated from the same Ivy League school as Washington and Jefferson, but Michael's point re the Tax Mount Rushmore is insightful and demands remedy. Might I nominate Lauryn Hill? While technically not a tax prof, standards should always be relaxed in the face of higher principles.

Posted by: Mike Petrik | Feb 19, 2014 1:25:40 PM

Yes, Michael. Lincoln famously went to.......Yale? Harvard? Please enlighten us.

Posted by: Anon | Feb 19, 2014 6:30:21 AM

I think it might be nice to have someone who wasn't an Ivy League white male, but you could say that about the real Mount Rushmore, too.

Posted by: michael livingston | Feb 19, 2014 5:49:32 AM

All very worthy tax scholars, and true gentlemen too.

Posted by: Mike Petrik | Feb 19, 2014 5:37:33 AM