Los Angeles Times Obituary, Michael B. Lang:
September 17, 1951 - June 28, 2020. Born in Washington, DC, he was the son of Sue and Ezra Lang. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Harvard College, and the Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, PA. He was a full-time faculty member of Chapman University School of Law since 2002. Prior to that he taught at several other law schools including the University of Maine where he served as associate dean and Professor of Law. Professor Lang was active in the American Bar Association Section of Taxation where he held several committee chair posts and served as moderator of many panels. He was the author of numerous books and articles on taxation. Michael was an avid reader, tennis player, environmental champion and foodie. He will be remembered for his wit, intelligence, and kind heart.
He is survived by his son Leonard Lang, daughter Julie Lang, and his brother, Jonathan Lang.A memorial service is planned for 2021 at Hillside Memorial park in Los Angeles, CA. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to any organization designed to protect the environment.e
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Message from Chapman University Provost Glenn Pfeiffer:
The Fowler School of Law mourns the loss of Professor Mike Lang, who passed away due to complications from a stroke he suffered last week.
Professor Lang had a very successful legal career. He received his B.A. from Harvard University and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Professor Lang practiced law at the national law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius before entering the legal academy.
He taught at nine different law schools during his career, including nineteen years at the University of Maine School of Law (where he also served for a time as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs). Professor Lang joined the Chapman faculty in 2002 and was the founding director of the Fowler School of Law’s Tax LLM Program.
Professor Lang was also a very active scholar and a recognized expert in tax law. He authored several books and dozens of law review articles and other publications on various aspects of tax law. His law review articles appeared in journals such as the Utah Law Review, Tax Law Review, Virginia Tax Law Review, and Florida Tax Law Review. Professor Lang was also very involved in the legal profession through the American Bar Association’s Section on Taxation, including chairing its Committees on Teaching Taxation, Standards of Tax Practice, and Tax Practice Management. Professor Lang was also elected as a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and was a former chair of the Association of American Law School’s Section on Post-Graduate Legal Education. He spoke nationally on ethical, disciplinary, malpractice, and other issues affecting tax lawyers and other tax practitioners.
Professor Lang will be sorely missed by his colleagues and students, and his passing is a tremendous loss for the Fowler School of Law and the legal academy.
(Hat Tip: George Willis)