Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Dorothy Brown, Professor of Law at Emory Law School, has been named Pepperdine Law School's Straus Distinguished Visiting Professor for Spring 2019.
Dorothy is the nation's leading critical tax scholar examining race, class, and gender implications of tax policy. Last month, she secured a deal with Crown Publishing Group (a subsidiary of Random House) for a book on The Whiteness of Wealth, which will "investigate how American tax policy enriches white families at the expense of black families in many spheres, including housing, education, investing, and marriage." The book will draw on Dorothy's prior work, including:
- Fighting Racism in the Twenty-First Century, 61 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1485 (2004)
- Pensions, Risk, and Race, 61 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1501 (2004)
- Social Security and Marriage in Black and White, 65 Ohio St. L.J. 111 (2004)
- The Tax Treatment of Children: Separate But Unequal, 54 Emory L.J. 757 (2005)
- Race and Class Matters in Tax Policy, 107 Colum. L. Rev. 790 (2007)
- Pensions and Risk Aversion: The Influence of Race, Ethnicity, and Class on Investor Behavior, 11 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 385 (2007)
- Race, Class, and the Obama Tax Plan, 86 Denv. L. Rev. 575 (2009)
- Shades of the American Dream, 87 Wash. U. L. Rev. 329 (2010)
- Teaching Civil Rights Through The Basic Tax Course, 54 St. Louis L. Rev. 809 (2010)
- Implicit Bias and the Earned Income Tax Credit, in Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law 164-178 (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
- Taxing the Body, in The Global Body Market: Altruism's Limits 148-159 (Cambridge University Press, 2013)
- Tales From A Tax Crit, 10 Pitt. Tax Rev. 47 (2013)
- The 535 Report: A Pathway to Fundamental Tax Reform, 40 Pepp. L. Rev. 1155 (2013)
- Critical Race Theory: Cases, Materials, and Problems (West 3d ed. 2014)
Dorothy is the co-author of a leading federal income tax casebook, Federal Income Taxation: Cases, Problems, and Materials (West 6th ed. 2016). She has won seven teaching awards over the course of her career.
Following up on my previous post on the July 2017 California Bar Exam for in-state law schools: the state bar has released comparable data for out-of-state law schools. Overall, 49.6% of all students passed the California bar exam. Among graduates of ABA-accredited law schools, students graduating from in-state law schools passed at higher rate (70.0%) than students graduating from out-of state law schools (67.1%).
Out-of-state law schools with the highest pass rates:
Chicago: 100% (24 students took the bar)
Yale: 97.1 (34)
Harvard: 93.7% (95)
Duke: 92.6% (27)
Notre Dame: 92.0% (25)
NYU: 91.9% (92)
Columbia: 90% (40)
Virginia: 89.7% (29)
Michigan: 86.0% (43)
Pennsylvania: 83.3% (24)
Northwestern: 82.9% (35)
Out-of-state law schools with the lowest pass rates:
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Peter Dietsch (University of Montreal, Department of Philosophy) presents Tax Competition and Global Background Justice (with Thomas Rixen (University of Bamberg, Department of Political Science)) at NYU today as part of its Tax Policy Colloquium Series hosted by Lily Batchelder and Daniel Shaviro:
- 'Hard-Ass' Larry Summers v. 'Tiger Mom' Amy Chua on Developing Children (and Faculty)
- Tiger Mom, Meet Wolf Dad: Beat Your Kids Into the Ivy League
- Yale Tiger Mom's Advice For Parenting Adult Children: Contracts
Lulu Chua-Rubenfeld (Daughter of Yale Law Profs Amy Chua & Jed Rubenfeld), My Parents' Work-Life Balance:
Michael D. Cicchini, Law Review Publishing: Thoughts on Mass Submissions, Expedited Review, and Potential Reform, 16 U.N.H. L. Rev. 147 (2017):
Michael Madison (Pittsburgh), For a New Year: An Invitation Regarding Law, Legal Education, and Imagining the Future, Part I:
Monday, January 22, 2018
Law Practice Management, Socratic AI Is Changing the Face of Legal Knowledge:
- This Week's Ten Most Popular TaxProf Blog Posts
- A Law School Dean's Oscars Preview: Darkest Hour
- Holderness: The Next Tax Reform — Internet Sales Tax
- Pepperdine Hosts 3rd Annual Southern California Trial Lawyers Conference On Jan. 27
- Colker: Stop Banning Laptops In Law School Classrooms!
- The Big Winners In Apple's Tax Bonanza: Shareholders
- Feldman: Law Profs Should Blog, Not Tweet
- The Top Five New Tax Papers
Sunday, January 21, 2018
- Carissa Byrne Hessick (North Carolina), Towards a Series of Academic Norms for #LawProf Twitter (Jan. 12, 2018)
- Derek Muller (Pepperdine), The Rise and Fall of My Use of Twitter (Jan. 16, 2018)
Noah Feldman (Harvard), Twitter's Not a Great Place for Legal Advice:
There is quite a bit of movement in this week's list of the Top 5 Recent Tax Paper Downloads, with new papers debuting on the list at #3 and #4. The #1 paper is #1 and the #2 paper is #2 among 13,313 tax papers in all-time downloads (see Brian Leiter (Chicago), 11 Tax Profs Blow Up The SSRN Download Rankings).
- [45,407 Downloads] The Games They Will Play: Tax Games, Roadblocks, and Glitches Under the New Legislation, by Ari Glogower (Ohio State), David Kamin (NYU), Rebecca Kysar (Brooklyn) & Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) et al.
- [30,266 Downloads] The Games They Will Play: An Update on the Conference Committee Tax Bill, by Ari Glogower (Ohio State), David Kamin (NYU), Rebecca Kysar (Brooklyn) & Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) et al.
- [997 Downloads] Understanding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, by Sam Donaldson (Georgia State)
- [662 Downloads] Federal Income Tax Treatment of Charitable Contributions Entitling Donor to a State Tax Credit, by Joseph Bankman (Stanford), David Gamage (Indiana), Jacob Goldin (Stanford) & Daniel Hemel (Chicago) et al.
- [573 Downloads] Tax Reform: Process Failures, Loopholes and Wealth Windfalls, by Stephen Shay (Harvard)
Saturday, January 20, 2018
- NY Times: An Einstein For The Subway? A Lawyer — 'B' Student At BU Law School — Suggests A ‘Genius’ Fix
- Deborah Merritt (Ohio State), Faculty Salaries And The Extraordinary Cost Of Research At A Top 25 Law School
- Jerry Organ (St. Thomas), Updated Analysis Of Law School Attrition Data — 2018
- Morten Hansen (UC-Berkeley), The Key To Success Is Not Talent Or Hard Work, But Instead Pruning Your Tasks And Excelling In What's Left On Your Plate
- Jerry Muller (Catholic University), The Tyranny Of Metrics: 'Not Everything That Is Important Is Measurable, And Much That Is Measurable Is Unimportant'
- Bryan Camp (Texas Tech), The Effect Of A Government Shutdown On The IRS: Not What You Think
- Bryan Camp (Texas Tech), Lesson From The Tax Court: What Are They Thinking?
- Who Had Dan Markel Killed?
- AccessLex And Gallup Release National Study On The Long-Term Outcomes Of A Law Degree
- Will Law Firm Partners In L.A. & NYC Move To Their Firms' Houston Or Miami Offices Because Of The New Tax Law?
Pepperdine Law School will host its 3rd Annual Southern California Trial Lawyers Conference on Saturday, January 27. The Keynote Speaker will be Mark Lanier. Founder of the Lanier Law Firm, Mark has been recognized as one of the top trial attorneys in the United States, with firm offices in Houston, New York, and Los Angeles.
Friday, January 19, 2018
Weekly SSRN Tax Article Review And Roundup: Scharff Reviews Federal Tax Treatment Of Charitable Contributions For State Tax Payments
This week, Erin Scharff (Arizona State) reviews a working paper by Joe Bankman (Stanford), David Gamage (Indiana), Jacob Goldin (Stanford), Daniel Hemel (Chicago), Darien Shanske (Davis), Kirk Stark (UCLA), Dennis Ventry (Davis), & Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings), Federal Income Tax Treatment of Charitable Contributions Entitling Donor to a State Tax Credit.
- ABA Journal, Is sweet spot for avoiding academic attrition at law schools a median LSAT of at least 150?
- ABA Journal, Less than half of recent law grads had good jobs waiting for them after graduation, report says
- David Frakt (Faculty Lounge), An Innovative Part-Time Program at Seton Hall
- James Levy (Nova SE), Sixth biennial transactional law and legal skills conference in June - call for proposals
- Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan), Beat It: Tax Reform and Tax Treaties
- Brian Galle (Georgetown), Yet More SALT News: State Pensions & Federal Taxes
- Ed Kleinbard (USC), No, You Don't Have to Write Apple a Thank-you Note
- Jim Maule (Villanova), Fixing State Tax Problems Caused by Federal Tax Changes
- Jim Maule (Villanova), Makers and Takers, Red and Blue, Federal Tax Deductions and State Taxes
- Jim Maule (Villanova), Oh, Those Bonus Payments! Much Ado About Almost Nothing
- Darien Shanske (UC-Davis), States Should Tax the Over Two Trillion Dollars About to Be Deemed Repatriated (But Many Are Not Going To If They Do Not Act)
- Dan Shaviro (NYU), New Tax Policy Articles
- Ed Zelinsky (Cardozo), Taxation And Religion In 2018 — The Parsonage Allowance And The Johnson Amendment
After visiting at Fordham last semester, Rebecca Kysar (Brooklyn) is joining the tenured faculty in the fall. Rebecca's publications include:
- The State of the Budget Process, 81 Law & Contemp. Probs. __ (2018)
- Reconsidering the Tax Treaty: Introduction, 41 Brook. J. Int’l L. (2016) (with Steven Dean)
- Interpreting Tax Treaties, 101 Iowa L. Rev. 1387 (2016)
- The ‘Shell Bill’ Game: Avoidance and the Origination Clause, 91 Wash. U. L. Rev. 659 (2014)
- Reconciling Congress to Tax Reform, 88 Notre Dame L. Rev. 2121 (2013)
- On the Constitutionality of Tax Treaties, 38 Yale J. Int'l L. 1 (2013)
- Penalty Default Interpretive Canons, 76 Brook. L. Rev. 953 (2011)
- Lasting Legislation, 159 U. Pa. L. Rev. (2011)
- Listening to Congress: Earmark Rules and Statutory Interpretation, 94 Cornell L. Rev. 519 (2009)
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Bankman Presents The Federal Tax Treatment Of Charitable Contributions Entitling The Donor To A State Tax Credit Today At Duke
Joseph Bankman (Stanford) presents Federal Income Tax Treatment of Charitable Contributions Entitling the Donor to a State Tax Credit (with David Gamage (Indiana), Jacob Goldin (Stanford), Daniel Hemel (Chicago), Darien Shanske (UC-Davis), Kirk Stark (UCLA), Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis) & Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings)) at Duke today as part of its Tax Policy Workshop Series hosted by Lawrence Zelenak:
Thomas J. Brennan (Harvard) presents Debt and Equity Taxation: A Combined Economic and Legal Perspective (with Robert L. McDonald (Northwestern)) at Indiana-Bloomington today as part of its Tax Policy Colloquium Series hosted by Leandra Lederman:
Elizabeth Chorvat (Illinois) & Terrence R. Chorvat (George Mason), The Dynamic Stability of Progressive Taxation, 71 Nat'l Tax J. 1 (2018) (reviewing Kenneth Scheve & David Stasavage, Taxing the Rich: A History of Fiscal Fairness in the United States and Europe (Princeton University Press 2016)):
Wednesday, January 17, 2018