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Monday, November 25, 2019

Call for Papers: Michigan Junior Scholars’ Conference

Michigan Law School has issued a Call for Papers for its 6th Annual Junior Scholars' Conference:

Michigan Law Logo (2015)The University of Michigan Law School invites junior scholars to attend the 6th Annual Junior Scholars Conference, which will be held on April 17-18, 2020, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The conference provides junior scholars with a platform to present and discuss their work with peers, and to receive detailed feedback from senior members of the Michigan Law faculty. The Conference aims to promote fruitful collaboration between participants and to encourage their integration into a community of legal scholars. The Junior Scholars Conference is intended for academics in both law and related disciplines. Applications from graduate students, SJD/PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers, lecturers, teaching fellows, and assistant professors (pre-tenure) who have not held an academic position for more than four years, are welcomed.

Applications are due by January 3, 2020.

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November 25, 2019 in Conferences, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, November 23, 2019

NTA 112th Annual Conference On Taxation

National Tax Association (2016)Highlights of the concluding day of the National Tax Association 112th Annual Conference on Taxation in Tampa (full program here):

Digital Services Taxation
Chair: Stephen Shay (Harvard)

Directions for Tax Policy
Chair: Katherine Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

Legal Issues In Tax
Chair: Doron Narotzki (Akron)

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November 23, 2019 in Conferences, Tax Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, November 22, 2019

NTA 112th Annual Conference On Taxation

National Tax Association (2016)Highlights of today's National Tax Association 112th Annual Conference on Taxation in Tampa (full program here):

Keynote: The Triumph of Injustice: Lessons for Distributional Tax Analysis
Emmanuel Saez (UC-Berkeley)

Plenary in Honor of Louis Kaplow (Harvard), 2019 Holland Award Recipient
Chair: Alvin Warren (Harvard)

  • Alan Auerbach (UC-Berkeley)
  • James Hines (Michigan)
  • Stefanie Stantcheva (Harvard)
  • David Weisbach (Chicago)

Empirical Studies of Wealth Taxes
Chair: Emmanuel Saez (UC-Berkeley)

Alternatives to Wealth Taxation

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November 22, 2019 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, November 21, 2019

NTA 112th Annual Conference On Taxation

National Tax Association (2016)Highlights of the opening day of the National Tax Association 112th Annual Conference on Taxation in Tampa (full program here):

Keynote: Tax Follies and Wisdom through the Ages
Joel Slemrod (Michigan)

Plenary: Capital and Wealth Taxation

  • Jason Furman (Harvard)
  • Beth Kaufman (Caplin & Drysdale)
  • Henrik J. Kleven (Princeton)
  • Wojciech Kopczuk (Columbia)

Law and Economics
Chair: Andrea Lopez-Luzuriaga (George Washington)

New Principles for Optimal Taxation
Chair: Theodore Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

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November 21, 2019 in Conferences, Tax, Tax Scholarship, Tax Workshops | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, November 15, 2019

Call For Papers: Indiana Symposium On Social Equality in the Sharing Economy

Call for Participation: 2020 Social Equality in the Sharing Economy Symposium:

Indiana (2017)The “sharing economy,” also known as the “gig” or “on-demand” economy, is transforming the way people work, eat, commute, and travel by seamlessly connecting suppliers and consumers via app-based technology platforms.  It provides flexible income earning opportunities for one side and convenience and low prices for the other. However, it also creates a dizzying array of policy problems for communities of all sizes—from tax evasion and pollution to price discrimination, worker precarity, and violent protests.  The Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality (IJLSE), in collaboration with Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and the Ostrom Workshop, is hosting a symposium on February 13th and 14th at the Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana to offer and debate solutions to these complex and fast-moving set of challenges.

Designed to stimulate interdisciplinary research and collaboration, as well as to amplify existing research, the Social Equality in the “Sharing Economy?” Symposium will consist of a series of keynotes, panel discussions, and paper presentations from a range of voices.

We invite original paper submissions from all relevant disciplines for the Symposium.

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November 15, 2019 in Conferences, Legal Education, Tax, Tax Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

ABA And UNLV Host Webinar Today On Economic, Gender And Racial Inequality In State & Local Tax Systems

The ABA and UNLV Law School host a webinar today (12:30 pm PST) on Economic, Gender and Racial Inequality in State and Local Tax Systems:

  • UNLV ABABridget Crawford (Pace)
  • Lisa Christensen Gee (Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy)
  • Francine Lipman (UNLV) (moderator)
  • Kirk Stark (UCLA)

Over the past four decades, wealth has increasingly concentrated among the highest-income households. These households are disproportionately White and male. In 2018, three White men held aggregate wealth greater than the aggregate wealth of one-half of Americans. The median White household has 41 times more wealth than the median Black household and 22 times more wealth than the median Latinx household. On average women earn less than men in all industries. The largest pay gaps are in management, in which men earned $88,000 on average in 2016, compared to $55,000 for women. At the intersection of race and gender the gaps are even more shocking. Women of color are disproportionately poor suffering poverty rates of 21.4% Black women, 18.7% Latinas, and 22.8% Native American women, as compared to 7% for White men The United States exhibits wider disparities of wealth than any other major developed nation.

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November 13, 2019 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, November 4, 2019

Pittsburgh Symposium: The 1969 Tax Reform Act And Charities — Fifty Years Later

Pitt

The Pittsburgh Tax Review hosted a symposium last Friday on The 1969 Tax Reform Act and Charities: Fifty Years Later (video):

Panel #1: Investing for Charity 

  • Ray Madoff (Boston College), The Five Percent Fig Leaf
  • Dana Brakman Reiser (Brooklyn), Foundation Regulation in Our Age of Impact
  • Commenter:  Carolyn Duronio (Reed Smith, Pittsburgh)

Panel #2: Origins of Private Foundation Rules and their Meaning for Today 

  • Jim Fishman (Pace), Does the Origin of the 1969 Private Foundation Rules Suggest a Match for Current Regulatory Needs?
  • Khrista McCarden (Tulane), Private Operating Foundation Reform & J. Paul Getty
  • Commenter:  Penina Lieber (Dinsmore & Shohl, Pittsburgh)

Panel #3: Regulating Charitable Actors  

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November 4, 2019 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Conferences, Tax Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, October 25, 2019

Villanova Hosts Symposium Today On Gender Equity In Law Schools

Villanova hosts the Annual Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium today on Gender Equity in Law Schools:

Villanova Law Logo (2019)Despite the significant demographic change in the gender composition of law faculty during the last 25 years, persistent questions of unequal treatment and unconscious bias continue to hamper the ability of female faculty to achieve full equality in law schools.

The symposium will examine a broad variety of issues relating to gender equity in law schools, such as:

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October 25, 2019 in Conferences, Legal Ed Conferences, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Call For Tax Papers: Fordham Journal Of Corporate & Financial Law

Fordham Logo (2019)The Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law is now accepting tax article submissions for its Spring of 2020 issue!  As one of the premier student-edited business law journals in the country, the Journal ranks as the single most-cited specialty journal in banking and finance, and among the top-ten specialty journals in corporations and associations. Academic journals, the financial press, and the U.S. Supreme Court have cited the Journal.

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October 23, 2019 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

AEI Hosts Panel Discussions Today On The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act

The American Enterprise Institute hosts a panel discussion today on Trump’s Tax Reform Happened: Now What? A Panel Discussion on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (live stream at 2:00 - 4:00 pm EST here):

AEI (2016)At the end of 2017, the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) brought the most sweeping overhaul of the US tax code in decades. At the time, projected effects and opinions were diverse and relatively uncertain, even among leading thinkers in the field. Now more than a year and half since its enactment, we are asking top tax experts from across the ideological spectrum to answer a variety of questions about this major tax overhaul — such as the impact on households, the corporate rate, the impact on inequality, deficit effects, long-term growth, and more.

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October 22, 2019 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Conferences, Tax Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

UCLA Hosts 35th Annual Tax Controversy Conference

UCLA hosts its 35th Annual Tax Controversy Conference today in Beverly Hills.:

UCLA LogoThe Annual Tax Controversy Conference is the preeminent conference exclusively dedicated to tax controversy and tax litigation. The conference provides an open forum for distinguished presenters and panelists to discuss, and often debate, sensitive tax practice issues with an engaged audience. ...

We are privileged to have as our keynote luncheon speaker Charles P. Rettig, the 49th Commissioner of Internal Revenue. Chuck just recently completed his first year in the job and by all accounts had received very high marks. Tax administration is in very good hands.

This year we are again honored to have as our opening keynote speaker, Eric Hylton, recently appointed Commissioner of SBSE and former Deputy Chief, Criminal Investigation Division. Eric hit it out of the park last year and set the tone for a lively and informative conference.

Michael Desmond, the newly appointed Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service will be giving our afternoon keynote.

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October 22, 2019 in Conferences, Tax, Tax Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 21, 2019

Call For Papers And Commentators: 23rd Annual Critical Tax Conference At Florida

Florida Logo (2017)[W]e at the University of Florida are pleased that we will be the hosts of the 2020 version of the Critical Tax Conference. To give you all maximum time to make plans and to consider the special publication possibility that I'll describe momentarily, we are sending this official Call for Papers a bit earlier than usual.

The conference will begin early on Saturday, April 4 and conclude on Sunday the 5th, with the usual mixture of paper panels and incubator sessions — and, of course, the meals and get-togethers that we've all come to expect and enjoy.

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October 21, 2019 in Conferences, Tax, Tax Conferences, Tax Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Call For Tax Papers And Panels: SEALS 2019 (Oct. 23 Deadline)

SEALs Logo (2013)While it is a little hard to believe, it is already time to start thinking about next summer.  The Call for Papers for SEALS 2020 has been open for awhile, but somehow I missed the original call, so we are now running late.  The 2020 conference will be held July 30-August 5, 2020 at the Marriott Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The conference submission tool is now open, and I am eager to coordinate people who are interested in presenting tax work at the SEALS conference into relevant panel groups.  In addition, we have also had very successful Tax Policy Discussion Groups in recent years.  Panels are generally composed of 4 to 5 people speaking for 15 to 20 minutes each.  I will attempt to group papers so that panels include papers on similar topics.  The Discussion Group includes about 10 people, each speaking for 5-8 minutes on a topic related to tax policy, broadly interpreted.  This has often included topics that are not necessarily fully formed paper ideas, but are thoughts the presenter has had on something he or she would like to discuss with a group of smart, informed people in an informal setting.  Both types of presentation have been very successful in the past.  Each presenter may participate in one Panel AND one Discussion Group.

So, if you are interested in submitting to SEALS and would like me to include you in a group of other tax profs, please email me at jbirdpollan@uky.edu with the following information:

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October 19, 2019 in Conferences, Tax, Tax Conferences, Tax Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Call For Proposals: Inequality Of Wealth, Race, And Class, Equality Of Opportunity

St. Thomas (MN)The University of St. Thomas (MN) Journal of Law and Public Policy is hosting a symposium on March 27, 2020, entitled “Inequality of Wealth, Race, and Class, Equality of Opportunity.” Topics include “Student Loans;” “Social Mobility;” “Housing;” and “The Public Good.”

Please submit proposals of 250 to 500 words to Professor Charles J. Reid, Jr, by November 15, 2019. We shall notify those who have submitted successful proposals shortly after that date. Successful submissions can expect a modest honorarium. Successful submissions will be published in our Journal of Law and Public Policy. The deadline for final drafts is July, 2020.

For those who wish to present in person on March 27, in addition to the honorarium, we shall cover travel costs, food and lodging.

October 17, 2019 in Conferences, Legal Ed Conferences, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education, Tax, Tax Conferences, Tax Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, October 13, 2019

UC-Davis/ACTEC Symposium: An Empirical Analysis Of Wealth Transfer Law

The UC Davis Law Review hosted its 53rd annual symposium on Friday on An Empirical Analysis of Wealth Transfer Law,  co-sponsored by the ACTEC Foundation (call for papers here): 

ACTEC-UCDavis (2019)Panel #1: Marriage

  • David Horton (UC-Davis) (moderator)
  • Naomi Cahn (George Washington), What's Wrong about the Elective Share Right
    Commentator: Shayak Sarkar (UC-Davis)
  • Alyssa DiRusso (Samford), Using Empirical Data on the Widowhood Effect to Optimize Simultaneous Health Law and Drafting
    Commentator: Andrea Chandrasekher (UC-Davis)
  • Russell James (Texas Tech), Empirical Analysis of Charitable Bequest Transfers: A Comprehensive Review, New Findings, and the Emerging Potential of Longitudinal Data
  • Jeffrey Pennell (Emory), Individuated Determination of a Surviving Spouse's Elective Share

Panel #2: Research Using Probate Records

  • Adam Hirsch (San Diego) (moderator)
  • Bridget Crawford (Pace), What Probate Courts Cite: A Study of the New York County Surrogate's Court 2017-2018
    Commentator: Donna Shestowsky (UC-Davis)
  • David Horton (UC-Davis), Do-It-Yourself-Wills
    Commentator: Alexander Boni-Saenz (Chicago-Kent)
  • Alberto Lopez (Alabama), Antebellum and Postbellum Testamentary Transfers in Three Kentucky Counties
  • Reid Kress Weisbord (Rutgers), Fiduciary Authority and Liability in Probate Estates: An Empirical Analysis
    Commentator: Jane Baron (Temple)

Panel #3: Nonprobate Transfers, Estate Planning, and Intestacy

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October 13, 2019 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Conferences, Tax Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 7, 2019

Call For Tax Papers And Panels: Law & Society Annual Meeting On Rule And Resistance

Neil Buchanan (Florida) has issued his annual call for tax papers and panels for next year's annual meeting of the Law & Society Association in Denver (May 28 - 31, 2020):

Law & SocietyFor the sixteenth year in a row, I will organize sessions for the Law, Society, and Taxation group (Collaborative Research Network 31).  For the fourth year in a row, I am pleased to be joined (or, more accurately, carried) in these organizational efforts by Professors Jennifer Bird-Pollan and Mirit Eyal-Cohen.

Although there is an official call for papers, please remember that you are not bound by the official theme of the conference ("Rule and Resistance"). We will give full consideration to proposals in any area of tax law, tax policy, distributive justice, interdisciplinary scholarship, and so on.

The deadline for submissions is before midnight (Eastern Time) Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

ABA Tax Section Fall Meeting

The ABA Tax Section kicks off its three-day joint fall meeting with the ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section today in San Francisco. The full program is here. The highlight is:

ABA 2Teaching Taxation: Technology-Driven Trends in Tax Law Training
This panel explores the changing ways in which lawyers can, and are expected to, train themselves to excel in tax practice in an age of pervasive technology. Formal law firm training of associates is less common than before the Great Recession. Clients no longer are willing to subsidize the training of new associates. Tax associates must arrange to train themselves, outside their full-time, billable work obligations. The panel will discuss various training options (including residential and online LLM programs, online courses, webinars, podcasts, and mixed programs) by which tax lawyers can create a solid foundation for their tax practice and expand their knowledge into new tax subspecialties. These training options employ a range of pedagogical approaches, reflecting ongoing study and experimentation in online learning. The panel will highlight educational best practices, based on learning theory. In addition, the Panel will explore parameters by which lawyer-consumers of such training and employer-firms can assess the success of various training options.

  • Leslie Book (Villanova)
  • Steven Dean (NYU)
  • Mirit Eyal-Cohen (Alabama)
  • Heather Field (UC-Hastings) (moderator)
  • Samuel Greenberg (EY, Los Angeles)
  • Michael Hunter Schwartz (McGeorge)
  • Ryan Montgomery (Morgan Lewis, Boston)
  • Annette Nellen (San José)
  • Katherine Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

Other Tax Profs with speaking roles include:

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Tax Presentations At Today's 20th Global Conference On Environmental Taxation

Tax presentations at today's 20th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation in Cyprus, Greece:

BannerMona Hymel (Arizona), Suffocation: Supported by the U.S. Federal Government:

Most of us have experienced riding an elevator with strangers. Many of us have experienced the slightly uncomfortable feeling as strangers continue entering the elevator until it is full or maybe even touching strangers as the elevator fills. People vary worldwide in the amount of private space they are accustomed to enjoying. In other words, how many people have to get onto the elevator with you before you feel physically uncomfortable? Assume that so many strangers crowd on to the elevator that, as clean air in the elevator runs out, they will all suffocate to death. The elevator story provides a simple picture of humanity’s ultimate demise. This article discusses the situation of the strangers; a growing population. The article explains the most serious contributors to the increasing number of strangers: (1) existing government pronatalist policies; (2) the ugly secrets of immigration; (3) artificial intelligence dramatically reduces the need for humans; and (4) the impacts of worldwide growth.

Like the elevator, the impact of population on Earth’s wellbeing is nothing more than a scientific equation – Carry Capacity. For an elevator, consider the size of the elevator; any life sustaining resources available; the number of people supported by the elevator; and its resources before they begin to suffocate or starve to death. Fortunately, Earth has abundant space and resources. But we know that space, resources, and the population are all in critical condition. Scientists estimate that the Earth’s carrying capacity is reaching its limits. Moreover, increasing immigration and the significant increase in sourcing jobs to AI could result in the overall carrying capacity of the earth to decline. Yet, the United States operates on a growth model that can no longer be sustained. “Growing the U.S. economy” must be replaced. As population continues to grow and resources decline (jobs taken by AI), carrying capacity must be adjusted to avoid world tragedy. The elevator is full!

By analyzing U.S. Federal tax policy, the article suggests changes and additional work to be done. For example, the U.S. tax law contains conflicting tax provisions both encouraging and discouraging population growth. This article discusses how population growth negatively impacts the environment; the U.S. policies on population as subsidized through the tax system; and alternative tax policies to mitigate U.S. population growth and repeal of existing pronatal policies.

Tracey M. Roberts, (Samford University), Stranded Assets and Competitive Pricing for Regulated Utilities: A Federal Tax Solution:

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September 27, 2019 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Conferences, Tax Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (1)

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Tax Presentations At Today's 20th Global Conference On Environmental Taxation

Tax presentations at today's 20th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation in Cyprus, Greece:

BannerElena Belletti (Columbia), Environmental Taxation in Africa: Barriers and Policy Options:

Countries in Africa are among the most severely impacted by the effects of climate change and local pollution, with poorest households being the most vulnerable to environmental issues. Additionally, their public revenues often do not meet the 15% tax-to-GDP ratio, which is considered the minimum threshold to support development; and high inequality among the population poses a significant challenge to sustainable development. While environmental taxation would ideally contribute to tackling both those socioeconomic and environmental issues, countries in Africa often lack the necessary fiscal infrastructure to implement market-based instruments for environmental fiscal policy, and frequently face significant issues in shaping expenditure policies that would effectively offset some of the regressive effects of those instruments. Within this context, what are the options for those countries in the area of environmental fiscal policy, which would support the implementation of the Development Goals (SDGs)?

This paper provides an analysis of the current barriers faced by developing countries, least developed countries (LDCs) and other countries in special situations in Africa, both from the tax and from the public expenditure point of view, which pose challenges in the implementation of market-based instruments for environmental fiscal policy. Starting from this analysis, it then aims to provide a practical overview of which fiscal policy instruments could be practically implementable by those countries, while contributing to tackle some of the most prominent environmental issues in the continent; and which are the necessary conditions for those instruments to be successfully applied, while contributing to achieving the SDGs. The paper takes into consideration the potential for additional revenue mobilization through environmental taxation, the administrative feasibility of proposed options, and their effectiveness in tackling the most pressing environmental issues. It also analyses the suitability of those options against some of the social, economic and environmental objectives declared by those countries in national sustainable development strategies and in international agreements.

Robert Cairns, (McGill University, Canada), The Green Paradox, A Hoteling Cul de Sac:

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September 26, 2019 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Conferences, Tax Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (1)

Monday, August 12, 2019

AALS Tax Section Call For Papers Due Aug. 15: New Voices In Tax Law & Policy

AALS (2018)The AALS Section on Taxation has issued a Call for Papers to be presented at a works-in-progress session at the 2020 AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The works-in-progress session is tentatively scheduled for Friday, January 3, 2020. This program will provide speakers the opportunity to present their work and receive feedback from commentators in the field.

Eligibility: Scholars teaching at AALS member schools or non-member fee-paid schools with seven or fewer years of full-time teaching experience as of the submission deadline are eligible to submit papers. For co-authored papers, all authors must satisfy the eligibility criteria.

Due date: 5 p.m. PDT, Thursday, August 15, 2019.

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August 12, 2019 in Conferences, Legal Education, Tax, Tax Conferences, Tax Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, August 10, 2019

LatCrit/SALT Annual Faculty Development Workshop

LatCrit GraphicWe are writing to invite you the LatCrit, Inc./SALT Annual Faculty Development Workshop (FDW), which will take place on October 17, 2019. The FDW will be held the day before the 2019 LatCrit Biennial Conference The Dispossessed Majority: Resisting the Second Redemption in América Posfascista (Postfascist America) in Atlanta, Georgia.

The FDW is designed for those who are planning to enter or who have recently joined the legal academy. The day-long workshop includes sessions on topics facing prospective, junior, and pre-tenured faculty, while providing generous opportunities to network and form mentoring relationships with established faculty. The FDW is an invaluable learning and professional development opportunity!

Registration for the FDW is free for attendees of the LatCrit conference. Please see the attached flyer for more information. Additionally, please feel free to e-mail Professor Ron Hochbaum at rhochbaum@luc.edu with any questions.

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Symposium: Uncomfortable Conversations About Legal Education — Student Debt, Diversity, And More

Blue Sky

The ABA Young Lawyers Division and Law School Transparency are hosting a symposium on Uncomfortable Conversations About Legal Education: Student Debt, Diversity, and More today at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco:

Introduction
Kyle McEntee, Abhay Nadipuram, Tommy Preston Jr.
Law schools face an unrelenting system of incentives that make lowering prices, equitable access, and curricular innovation extremely difficult. This half-day program examines how to cause positive change in legal education.

Law School Deans Panel: Obstacles to Lowering Costs
Ben Barros (Toledo), Camille Nelson (American), Carla Pratt (Washburn)
Three current law school deans will discuss barriers to more accessible and affordable legal education. The discussion will cover U.S. News & World Report rankings, accreditation, university culture, and more.

Lightning Talks
Introduction to the Blue Sky Initiative (more here and here)
Maggie White, an Iowa attorney and member of Law School Transparency’s board of directors, will describe a wide-ranging initiative from Law School Transparency and other partners to address the cost of legal education.

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Tax Panels Today At SEALS

Tax panels today at the 2019 SEALS Annual Conference in Boca Raton, Florida:

SEALs Logo (2013)Tax Law Workshop: Tax Law and Practice — A Critical Review
This panel considers both the realities of tax practice and tax practitioners in the 21st Century, as well as necessary updates to the tax law in a variety of areas. In particular, panelists in this group consider the future of the uncovering and punishing of tax evasion, standards of professionalism for tax practitioners, the role of blockchain technology in tax evasion (particularly in the international context), philanthropy and the tax law, and the role of the states in creating and enforcing tax laws.

  • Jennifer Bird-Pollan (Kentucky) (moderator)
  • William Byrnes (Texas A&M)
  • Alyssa DiRusso (Samford)
  • David Hasen (Florida)
  • Young Ran (Christine) Kim (Utah)
  • Stephanie McMahon (Cincinnati)
  • Andrew Swain (Indiana)
  • Richard Winchester (Seton Hall)

Tax Law Workshop: Tax Policy Reforms in the 21st Century

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Today's Tax Panel At SEALS

Tax panel today at the 2019 SEALS Annual Conference in Boca Raton, Florida:

SEALs Logo (2013)Tax Law at the Crossroads
The ever-changing social and political landscape makes it necessary to constantly revisit the tax law and determine whether the current status of the law matches the needs and goals of the society it serves. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is the most recent example of a massive overhaul in the tax system but even that significant reform effort left many issues unaddressed. The papers on this panel consider a variety of tax law concerns related to families, businesses, and international transactions. Both federal- and state-level tax matters are addressed.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Caron Presents A Dean's Perspective On Diversity, Socioeconomics, The LSAT, And The U.S. News Law School Rankings Today At SEALS

One of the Legal Ed panels today at the 2019 SEALS Annual Conference in Boca Raton, Florida:

SEALs Logo (2013)Building Bridges: Socioeconomics, the LSAT and U.S. News and World Report Rankings
This panel explores methodologies and programs that will help students from low income and diverse backgrounds have opportunities available to them to attend law school. AALS President Wendy Perdue of the University of Richmond has said: “As our society struggles with this problem of deep polarization, lawyers and law schools have an important role to play. Lawyers, are, after all, in the dispute resolution business. Resolving conflict is central to what we do. And today, perhaps more than ever before, the skills that we as lawyers have, and we as law professors teach, are of critical importance.” In order to resolve these conflicts, we need to make sure that all communities have access to engage in these important conversations. The Before the J.D. Study shows that African American and Hispanic students think about going to law school before going to high school and college. In addition, the study highlights that over 60% of students report the most important advice about going to graduate or professional school comes from a family member or relative. Many students from low-income backgrounds do not have family members who are lawyers and are at a disadvantage in getting advice about going to law school because they may not be encouraged by these close family members or friends. There is still a small percentage of African American and Latino/a attorneys Nationwide 5% of lawyers are African American and 5% are of Hispanic origin. These percentages have remained consistent for almost the past ten years. So many students from these racial and ethnic backgrounds also can’t readily turn to family members or friends for inspiration and advice about going to law school. The ABA reports that the entering class for 2017 has an aggregate African American enrollment of 8.6% and 13.2% for Hispanics. Meanwhile, African Americans consist of approximately 13% and Hispanics approximately 18% of the overall U.S. population. These two racial groups, along with Asian Americans, are on target to be a majority of the U.S. population in the next 30 years. Given the growth trends in these demographic groups, there will be an insufficient percent of lawyers from these groups to meet their (and society’s) legal needs in the next few years. Moreover, some scholars have argued that there is a strong tie between socioeconomics and law schools admissions. There has recently been a very passionate Twitter discussion of this issue on Lawprofblawg. Some believe that the LSAT and U.S. News privileges those from middle- and upper middle-class backgrounds. Others point out the LSAT’s strength in providing an accurate assessment of core skills required for success in law school and that an admission process that correctly uses the LSAT as one factor in a multi-factor holistic admission process is fairest to applicants. Recently, U.S. News attempted to reduce economic privilege in its rankings of undergraduate schools by injecting socio economic factors. The formula now includes indicators meant to measure "social mobility" and drops an acceptance rate measure that benefited schools that turned the most students away. A recent Politico article reported that U.S. News will change its methodology at the college level. This panel consists of experts who examine these issues in terms of the LSAT, U.S. News & World Report law school rankings, and socioeconomic and diversity issues.

  • Leonard Baynes (Dean, Houston), Pre-Law Pipeline Program: We’ve Got The Power
  • Paul Caron (Dean, Pepperdine), A Dean's Perspective on Diversity, Socioeconomics, the LSAT, and the U.S. News Law School Rankings
  • Victor Quintanilla (Professor & Co-Director, Center for Law, Society & Culture, Indiana), Initial Results on Relationship Between the LSAT, USNWR, SES, and Demographics From the Productive Mindset Intervention Study
  • Robert Morse (Chief Data Strategist, U.S. News), Building Bridges: Socioeconomics, the LSAT and U.S. News and World Report Rankings  
  • Kellye Testy (President & CEO, LSAC; former Dean, University of Washington), Adversity and Admission: Tackling “Opportunity to Learn”

July 31, 2019 in Conferences, Legal Ed Conferences, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Rankings, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education, Pepperdine Legal Ed | Permalink | Comments (1)

Monday, July 29, 2019

Today's Tax Panel At SEALS

Tax panel today at the 2019 SEALS Annual Conference in Boca Raton, Florida:

SEALs Logo (2013)New Tax Scholars Workshop
This workshop gives New Scholars the opportunity to present a work-in-progress in a welcoming and supportive environment and to receive feedback on their presentation from more senior scholars in their fields. New Scholars are also assigned a mentor. The program is open to junior faculty at member schools. New Scholars are nominated to participate in the New Scholars Workshop by the deans of their respective law schools.

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July 29, 2019 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Classism In The Legal Academy Panel Today At SEALS

One of the Legal Ed panels today at the 2019 SEALS Annual Conference in Boca Raton, Florida:

SEALs Logo (2013)Discussion Group: Classism in Academia
Lawprofblawg, an anonymous blogger, has raised some compelling critiques about race, class and gender issues in academia. Specifically, he has called out the academy’s top cited list as being classist, pointing out that few of the faculty on that list ever graduated from a law school lower than top 10. Few on the list are women, and few on the list are people of color. Moreover, many of those on the list currently work and write at a top 10 law school. These critiques have garnered a great deal of publicity of late, including a rebuttal on Prawfsblawg. Topics would include the following questions: Why are 94 percent of all Faculty members at top 10 schools graduated from top 10 schools? Why are nearly all of the 2017 top 10 law review authors from those schools as well? Why are only 30 percent of those academics at top 10 law schools women? Why don’t we care about the most cited legal writing professors, clinical professors, or law librarians? Why can’t they seem to get published in top 10 law reviews?

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July 28, 2019 in Conferences, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Webinar Today: How Law Schools Can Save $150 Million Using Open Casebooks

AALS Summer Webinar Series: How Law Schools Can Save $150 Million Using Open Casebooks:

ElangdellThe casebook is over 100 years old. It’s mostly filled with public domain cases, but yet, it often costs over $200. The economic system that outsources casebook production to traditional publishers could be handled by a nimble non-profit and paid authors — paid MORE than they get from royalties, I claim.

This would also fuel innovations in teaching materials, better updates, richer interaction. Is this all a unicorn hunt?

In this presentation, John Mayer, Executive Director of CALI, will talk about open casebooks. Besides CALI’s eLangdell Press, many other law faculty are self-publishing or opening up their casebooks for students to freely download. You should too.

The webinar is today at 2:00 p.m. EST. Registration is here.

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July 17, 2019 in Conferences, Legal Ed Conferences, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)