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Monday, May 10, 2021

ABA Tax Section May Meeting Kicks Off Today With The Emergence Of Analytics For Tax Positions

The ABA Tax Section virtual 2021 May Meeting kicks off today (program). Today's highlight:

ABA TaxBenjamin Alarie (Osler Chair in Business Law, University of Toronto Faculty of Law; Co-Founder & CEO, Blue J Legal), The Emergence of Analytics for Tax Positions at 2:30 PM ET:

When defending a client’s position to the IRS or a judge, it can be hard to ensure you are making the strongest possible argument for the client’s position, mitigating the risk of the position being successfully challenged and providing time- and cost-effective service for your client. Join us as we discuss how leading tax professionals are using advanced analytics tools to strengthen client positions and gain an advantage in settlement discussions by:

  • Using artificial intelligence to identify the strength of a position with greater than 90% accuracy;
  • Testing the effect of various changes to the facts on the strength of the position;
  • Gaining a comprehensive view of the law by identifying authorities and guidance that may pose a risk to the position or can be used to support it;
  • Providing independent, 3rd party reports to foster favorable resolutions

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May 10, 2021 in ABA Tax Section, Conferences, Legal Education, Tax | Permalink

Friday, May 7, 2021

George Mason-Scalia And Cardozo Host Free Virtual Conference For Aspiring And New Law School Deans

Deans Leadership Academy

George Mason-Scalia and Cardozo law schools are co-sponsoring a free virtual conference for aspiring and new law deans on June 3-4: the Deans Leadership Academy:

Taking charge of a law school requires specific skills and conquering a series of natural milestones in order to “get it right.” The early months are critical to establishing the tone and substance of your Deanship. The interview process for new deans rarely provides you with real insight about how to lead and what’s expected. The critical to-do list and the timetables for accomplishing them are not necessarily obvious. And retaining consultants for expert guidance may not be economically feasible.

This program offers critical lessons that current deans say they wish they had learned before starting. It is designed to take away some of the mystery of the do-it-yourself approach, while highlighting some of the dangers that come with the territory. Sessions will be led by leading experts in their respective fields, from both in and outside academia.

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May 7, 2021 in Conferences, Legal Ed Conferences, Legal Education | Permalink

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Tribute To Valparaiso University Law School (1879-2019)

Symposium, Tribute to Valparaiso University Law School (1879-2019), 53 Val. U. L. Rev. 833-1173 (2019):

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May 6, 2021 in Conferences, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

University Of Illinois Symposium: President Biden’s First 100 Days

Symposium, President Biden’s First 100 Days, 2021 U. Ill. L. Rev. Online 1-219:

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May 4, 2021 in Conferences, Legal Education, Tax, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Friday, April 30, 2021

ITPF Hosts Conference Today On A New International Tax Architecture Based On The OECD Blueprints

The International Tax Policy Forum hosts a conference today on "Whither International Taxation: A New International Tax Architecture Based on the OECD Blueprints?" (program):

ITPFThe architecture for international tax relations among developed economies was established almost 100 years ago by the League of Nations. Over the last few years, however, historic concepts regarding jurisdiction to tax, attribution of profits to permanent establishments, and arm’s-length pricing have come under pressure. Notable developments include: the UK diverted profits tax, digital services taxes and levies enacted or proposed in over 40 countries, and the US Base Erosion and Anti-abuse Tax (BEAT).

In October of last year, the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting released two Blueprints proposing new guidelines for the taxation of multinational enterprises (MNEs). The Pillar One Blueprint reallocates the right to tax certain high-margin income of MNEs on the basis of sales or users. Pillar Two sets forth a model minimum tax on the income of foreign subsidiaries along with rules for denying deductions (or imposing withholding tax) on payments not subject to a minimum rate of tax in the payee jurisdiction. The Biden Administration has endorsed the OECD/G20 project and agreement on open issues is targeted for the middle of this year.

This conference brings together experts from academia, government, and private practice to share their views on challenges to the international tax architecture and the OECD Blueprints. 

Overview of the OECD Blueprints:

  • Mary Bennett (Baker McKenzie)

Are New Rules Needed for Taxing International Income?:

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April 30, 2021 in Conferences, Tax, Tax Conferences, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Yale Hosts Virtual Symposium Today On Citation And The Law

Yale hosts a virtual symposium today and tomorrow on Citation and the Law (program):

Yale Citation and the Law ConferenceThis FREE symposium will highlight the scholarship of law librarians and faculty interested in issues ranging from the US News and World Reports rankings for scholarly productivity, to link rot, to empirical research in the use of citations, and more.  Keynote speaker Fred Shapiro will set the stage with his paper “The Most-Cited Legal Scholars Revisited” to be published in the University of Chicago Law Review.  All the papers will be published in a book by the Hein Company.

To quote Legal Reference Services Quarterly editor Mike Chiorazzi, “If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a profession to support a symposium like this.  The Yale Law Library, the ALL-SIS Committee on Research and Scholarship, the Boulder Conference workshopping team, and LRSQ all pulled together to make this  symposium happen.  What has emerged is an impressive collection of first-rate scholarship that advances our understanding of law librarianship and legal information management.”

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April 22, 2021 in Conferences, Legal Ed Conferences, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education, Scholarship | Permalink

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Kentucky Law Journal Call For Papers: The Racial Wealth Gap

Call for Papers: Kentucky Law Journal Symposium: The Racial Wealth Gap:

Kentucky Law (2021)The Kentucky Law Journal is pleased to invite proposals for its annual symposium, which will be held in the Fall of 2021.  The KLJ symposium is entitled The Racial Wealth Gap, and will focus on the legal and historical factors that have contributed to the current state of the wealth disparity in the United States that falls largely along racial lines.  This disparity has been increasingly the focus of academic and policy research, and this Symposium aims to bring together practitioners, policy researchers, and scholars to explore this issue.  In particular, the KLJ encourages submissions that consider tax law, property law, and other legal systems that have created and reinforced the conditions that lead to White families having median wealth of approximately $188,000, while Black families have median wealth of only 15% of that amount, or approximately $24,000.  In addition to exploring the evolution of the problem, the KLJ especially encourages submissions that explore possible solutions or proposals that would ameliorate the disparity.

The KLJ expects to host this symposium in person in beautiful Lexington, Kentucky, on October 22, 2021 (date subject to change).

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April 21, 2021 in Conferences, Legal Education, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Conferences, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Friday, April 16, 2021

Richmond Hosts Virtual Panel Discussion Today On The Intersection Of Domestic Violence And Tax Controversies

Richmond hosts a panel discussion today on Financial Scars: The Intersection of Domestic Violence and Tax Controversies at (registration):

Financial ScarsThis panel will explore how tax law relates to domestic violence. The panelists will detail the types of abuse that victims of domestic violence face and uncover the difficult situations and choices that victims face as a result of the abuse. Financial abuse is a major element of domestic violence that affects how victims may choose to act. As a result, tax law can contribute as a tool of the abuser, particularly when returns are filed jointly or children and assets are shared between victim and abuser. Tax obligations can be used to exercise control over or impose distress on victims. Therefore, advocates must consider how to counter these tax abuses when working with victims of domestic violence, and the panelists will detail the mechanisms within the tax law that can provide for relief for victims and how to work with victims on these complicated tax matters.

April 16, 2021 in Conferences, Legal Education, Tax | Permalink

Friday, April 9, 2021

24th Annual Critical Tax Theory Conference At UC-Irvine

UC-Irvine hosts the 24th Annual Critical Tax Theory Conference (program):

UCI_Law_1lineblue_logoThe Critical Tax Theory Conference has a long history of fostering the work of both established and emerging scholars whose research challenges and enriches the tax law and policy literature. Critical tax scholars question assumptions of objectivity in tax, as their work explores how tax law and policy impact historically marginalized groups. At a time when tax policy is once again at the forefront of politics and public discourse, the work of these and other critical tax scholars supports a more robust discussion of the role for tax law in current and future social and economic policy.

Panel #1: 

  • Leslie Book (Villanova), Keith Fogg (Harvard) & Nina E. Olson (Center for Taxpayer Rights), Administrative Burdens, Sludge, and Individual Taxpayer Rights
  • Michelle Layser (Illinois), Subsidizing Gentrification: A Spatial Analysis Of Place-Based Tax Incentives
  • Nancy Shurtz (Oregon) & Esther Sherman, When We Breathe: Reinventing the EITC for a More Just and Caring World
  • Moderator:  Mirit Eyal-Cohen (Alabama) 
  • Commentators:   Joshua Blank (UC-Irvine) & Christine Kim (Utah) 

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April 9, 2021 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Conferences, Tax Workshops | Permalink

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

National Tax Association 114th Annual Conference Call for Papers: Improving The Safety Net

NTA

114th Annual National Tax Association Conference Call for Papers: Improving the Safety Net:

November 18-20, 2021
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
Detroit, Michigan

We are planning to hold the 114th Annual Conference in person should health guidelines permit.  The NTA staff will continually monitor the health and government mandates and will abide by their recommendations regarding in-person events.

The 114th Annual Conference on Taxation will cover a broad range of topics in tax policy and public finance. We welcome submissions from the fields of accounting, economics, law, and public policy, as well as research from other fields that bears on these topics.

Motivated by the important role of public assistance programs during the COVID-19 pandemic and by the discussions of policy reform occurring during the early days of the Biden administration, the theme of this year’s conference is “Improving the U.S. Safety Net.” Keynote speakers and plenary panels will be oriented towards analysis of U.S. safety-net policies. We especially encourage submissions in line with this topic.

This year’s conference also includes a new submission category, Inequality and Disparities, for papers that investigate disparities by characteristics such as race or gender as well as the effects of tax or non-tax policies that are intended to alleviate them. We particularly encourage submissions to this topic area as well.

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March 31, 2021 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Conferences, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Fifth International Conference On Taxpayer Rights

5th Annual

Nina Olson (Executive Director and Founder, Center for Taxpayer Rights):

Registration is now open for the 5th International Conference on Taxpayer Rights, which will be held over three days, on May 26 to 28, 2021. The theme of the conference is Quality Tax Audits and the Protection of Fundamental Rights. You can access the agenda here. Our host for this year’s conference is the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens School of Law.

This year we are holding the conference entirely online. Although we will miss seeing everyone in person, we view this live online conference as an opportunity to expand the conference’s reach. So please share this information with others!

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March 30, 2021 in Conferences, Tax, Tax Conferences | Permalink

Saturday, March 27, 2021

2021 Boston College-Tulane Tax Roundtable

The 2021 Boston College-Tulane Tax Roundtable took place virtually yesterday:

BC Tulane (2021)Brian Galle (Georgetown) & Stephen Shay (Boston College), Administrative Law and the Crisis of Tax Administration
Discussant: Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan)

Susie Morse (Texas), Emergency Money: Lessons from the Paycheck Protection Program
Discussant: Andrew Hayashi (Virginia)

Shu-Yi Oei (Boston College) Who Joins BEPS? Understanding the Proliferation of International Tax Consensus
Discussant: Steve Shay (Boston College)

Steve Sheffrin (Tulane) & Koray Caglayan (American Institutes for Research), Giver and Taker States over the Business Cycle
Discussant: David Walker (Boston University)

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March 27, 2021 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Conferences, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Friday, March 26, 2021

Houston Hosts Energy Tax Conference Today

Houston (2017)The University of Houston Law Center hosts the 3rd Annual Denney L. Wright International Energy Tax Conference and the Houston Business and Tax Law Journal 21th Annual Symposium today on Exploring International Energy Investments During/Post Pandemic virtually today from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM CDT:

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March 26, 2021 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Conferences | Permalink

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Villanova Symposium: Gender Equality In Law Schools

Norman J. Shachoy Symposium, Gender Equality in Law Schools, 65 Vill. L. Rev. 933-1206 (2021):

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March 17, 2021 in Conferences, Legal Ed Conferences, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink

Pittsburgh Tax Review Symposium: Tribute To Nina Olson

Pittsburgh Tax Review (2017)Symposium, Tribute to National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson, 18 Pitt. Tax Rev. 1-189 (2020):

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March 17, 2021 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Conferences, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Center For Taxpayer Rights Hosts A Tax Chat! Today On Artificial Intelligence And Taxpayer Rights

The Center for Taxpayer Rights hosts a free Tax Chat! on Artificial Intelligence and Taxpayer Rights today at noon ET:

Center for Taxpayer RightsOur guests for this conversation are:

  • Toon Calders, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Antwerp
  • Sylvie De Raedt, Research Manager, DigiTax, University of Antwerp
  • David Martens, Department of Engineering Management, University of Antwerp, and
  • Anne Van de Vijver, Associate Professor of Tax Law, University of Antwerp

All of our guests are members from DigiTax, a Centre of Excellence within the University of Antwerp.  DigiTax is an interdisciplinary team of about 25 researchers, including lawyers, economists, psychologists, and computer scientists, who explore the challenges and opportunities that digitalization brings to tax.

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March 16, 2021 in Conferences, Tax, Tax Conferences | Permalink

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

ABA Tax Section Webinar Today On State Tax And Economic Policy Responses To COVID-19

The ABA Tax Section hosts a CLE webinar today on State Tax and Economic Policy Responses to the Ongoing COVID Pandemic at 1:00 PM - 2:35 PM EST (registration):

ABA TaxIn March, 2020, Congress enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to ameliorate economic shocks to U.S. households from the COVID pandemic and lockdowns. Although the CARES Act provided $150 billion in funds to states and local governments, those funds are not enough to stem the tide of the challenges states and local governments are facing today. State and local governments must therefore raise revenue themselves, and do so with a smaller fiscal toolbox than that available to the federal government. Panelists, including experts in tax, economics, and public policy will discuss state tax and related policy responses to COVID economic relief going forward. What policy tools do state and local governments have to manage this enormous shock? How can they raise revenue while also protecting vulnerable businesses and households harmed by the pandemic?

  • Gladriel Shobe (BYU) (moderator)
  • Ariel Jurow Kleiman (San Diego; moving to Loyola-L.A.)
  • Erin Scharff (Arizona State)

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March 10, 2021 in ABA Tax Section, Conferences, Tax, Tax Conferences | Permalink

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Tax Prof Presentations At Next Week's Florida Tax Institute

Tax Prof presentations at next week's Florida Tax Institute (March 10-12):

Cassady V. Brewer (Georgia State) & Bruce A. McGovern (South Texas), Recent Developments in Federal Income Taxation:

This session will review the most significant statutory enactments, judicial decisions, IRS rulings, and Treasury regulations promulgated during the last twelve months that affect general domestic income taxation, corporate taxation, partnership taxation, and tax procedure.

Samuel A. Donaldson (Georgia State), Transfer Tax Update:

Stay up to date with this informative and entertaining recap of the important cases, rulings, regulations, and legislation from the past 12 months related to federal income, estate, and gift taxes.

Charlene Luke (Florida), Proposed Partnership Regulation Projects: Where Do They Stand? How Should They Be Handled?:

This presentation will provide an overview of the current state of U.S. Treasury partnership regulation projects and consider potential future approaches in light of a new tax administration.

Nancy A. McLaughlin (Utah), Trying Times: Conservation Easements and Federal Tax Law (207 pages):

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March 3, 2021 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Conferences, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Monday, February 22, 2021

UC-Irvine Hosts Virtual Symposium Today On Taxation In A Time Of Crisis

UC-Irvine hosts a virtual symposium today on Taxation in a Time of Crisis (program):

UC Irvine (20192)Panel #1: Tax Relief During the COVID-19 Pandemic:

Panel #2: Equitable Tax Administration During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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February 22, 2021 in Conferences, Legal Education, Tax, Tax Conferences, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Symposium: Catholic Legal Education In The United States

Symposium, A Light Unseen: A History of Catholic Legal Education in the United States, 58 J. Cath. Leg. Stud. 1-124 (2019):

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February 21, 2021 in Conferences, Legal Ed Conferences, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink

Friday, February 19, 2021

South Carolina Hosts Virtual Symposium Today On Taxation, Finance, And Racial (in)Justice

The South Carolina Law Review hosts a virtual symposium today on Taxation, Finance, and Racial (in)Justice (agenda):

SC SymposiumKeynote Speaker: Dorothy A. Brown (Emory)
Professor Brown will discuss the recent change outside of the legal academy when it comes to linking race and tax policy. She will also address the disconnect between the legal academy, federal government, and the public at large while suggesting ways in which the profession can expose and eliminate racial inequality in the application of modern federal tax laws.

Speaker: Danielle Holley-Walker (Dean, Howard)
Dean Holley-Walker will discuss the importance of having diverse lawyers in all areas of the legal profession, including tax law. She will also address how law schools and the profession can create pipelines for minority lawyers into tax law.

Panel#1: Property Tax's Lasting Control on Racial Inequities
This panel will concentrate on how local control over property tax assessment and distribution of property tax revenues contributes to racial segregation of housing markets as well as racial inequities in housing, schools, and public services. Additionally, the panel will discuss methods for the profession to address these inequalities through alternative assessment approaches.

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February 19, 2021 in Conferences, Legal Education, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Conferences, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Kentucky Hosts Virtual Panel Today On Tax And Tech

There is a panel on Taxation and Tech at 11:15 am–12:45 pm ET today at the Inframarginalism and Internet virtual conference at Kentucky: 

Kentucky Law (2021)Taxation is an underexplored remedy for Big Tech and tech is an underexplored remedy for tax. Consider first concerns about Big Tech. Many tech firms barter with their customers, supplying services to customers in exchange for their data—or attention—instead of their cash. That has stymied antitrust, which has traditionally viewed monopoly power as the power profitably to increase a cash price. But tax knows barter, and can more clearly see the bartering of personal data for services as a regulable transaction. What is more, taxation would seem to address more directly than antitrust the root of concerns regarding Big Tech—concerns that Big Tech’s ability to extract rents contributes to inequality of wealth—while at the same avoiding the cost and inefficiencies associated with antitrust remedies like breakup. Or does it? And what do the first civilizations, which arose to govern networks in a barter economy, have to teach us about the answer to this question? On the other side of the ledger, tech is swiftly making possible modes of taxation that were once merely theoretical abstractions. It is a small step from a world in which private firms know everything about you and use that information to impose private taxes on your every purchase to a world in which the government knows enough about your every purchase to replace (or supplement) the income tax system with a personalized consumption tax system. But should we do it?

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February 19, 2021 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Conferences, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Santa Clara Hosts Virtual Conference Today On Defunding Casebooks

Santa Clara hosts a virtual conference on Defunding Casebooks today from 12:00 - 1:30 PM PT:

Santa Clara Law (2021)The conference will kick off efforts to broaden the movement to replace the for-profit casebook model with one that engenders collaboration amongst law professors, broadens the scope of those whose stories and issues are included in the legal curriculum, and saves students significant financial resources. To RSVP to the conference, CLICK HERE. For more background on Santa Clara Law’s development of an open-source criminal law casebook, CLICK HERE.

This will be a working meeting, with brief plenary sessions leading into subject-specific breakout sessions/working groups.

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February 19, 2021 in Conferences, Legal Ed Conferences, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Copenhagen Hosts Colloquium Today On Tax, Gender Equality, And The Pandemic

The Copenhagen Business School Tax Group hosts a Tax Colloquium today on Gender Equality Aspects Amid a Pandemic: Discussions on Tax Measures and Fiscal Policy:

CBS TaxThe impact of COVID-19 is at the moment undeniably extensive as the world faces the most severe recession in nearly a century. Economic emergency programs, the design and implementation of COVID-19 tax policies and subsequent state aid actions have been launched in many countries to mitigate the impact of the pandemic. Unlike previous economic recessions or financial crises, feminized sectors of the labor market, such as healthcare, education, care, retail, and client-facing services, which all are characterized by low-paid and multiple part-time jobs, seems to be hit the hardest by the pandemic. These sectors have, supported by emerging data, experienced higher job losses than traditionally male-dominated sectors and appears to be inadequately covered, by most financial state aid schemes at the moment.

Women have, in comparison to men, also reduced their hours of work to care for, and home school, children. Aggregating already existing problems associated to both the loss of paid work hours and to the gender-segregated allocation of unpaid hours for household work and caring. The sudden closure of childcare programs and schools in many countries has had a crucial impact for women whose labour force participation depends on these institutions.[1] The possibility of several waves of the virus that could trigger additional childcare closures make it extremely likely that married women (in general when considering the current norm of heterosexual couples) in particular may be slower to re-enter the work force in the hope of protecting the (single-breadwinner) family income. 

This seminar will discuss existing gender gaps within various domestic tax systems and national tax policies.

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February 17, 2021 in Conferences, Legal Education, Tax, Tax Conferences | Permalink

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Call For Papers: ACTEC Law Journal Symposium On Modernizing Trusts And Estates

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel announces a Call For Papers on the following topic:

ACTECAs trusts and estates academics and practitioners look forward into the remainder of the 21st century, we acknowledge the aspects of law and practice that are changing, that should change, and that should resist change.

A special issue of the ACTEC Law Journal will be devoted to a discussion of the topic of Modernizing Trusts and Estates and will be comprised of shorter articles (2,500-5,000 words).  The issue will focus on what matters are of most importance to the forward-looking trusts and estates professional.  Topics may include developments in tax law, adaptations in legal technology, racial justice and diversity, new or impending statutory reform, remote or electronic estate planning documents, the funeral and death industry, and other topics that demonstrate the way in which the trusts and estates landscape is shifting.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Call For Papers: Australian Tax Review Symposium On New Voices In Tax Reform

Monash University (Australia), Critical Junctures/Critical Perspectives – A Call For New Voices in Tax Reform:

Monash[T]he impact of COVID-19 on fiscal systems worldwide is exactly the type of crisis often thought necessary to precipitate major tax reform.

At such a critical juncture, it is essential to open the discussion of tax reform to new voices and new perspectives. The technical subject matter of taxation (and the general public apathy towards this perceived technical detail) means that certain groups and epistemic communities can dominate tax policy formation, development and implementation. This is despite the stakes being so high – taxation is one of the primary means to address wealth and income inequality in a political system that is tied to a market-based economy.

This symposium seeks to open the debate on reform to new voices and new perspectives that are able to challenge the status quo. It invites papers from scholars from all disciplines (for example, law, politics, economics, sociology) to offer critical perspectives on taxation. Topics might include (but are not limited to):

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February 9, 2021 in Conferences, Legal Education, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Conferences, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Friday, February 5, 2021

Duke Law Journal Hosts Virtual Symposium Today On The Future of Chevron Deference

The Duke Law Journal hosts its annual Administrative Law Symposium today on The Future of Chevron Deference:

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February 5, 2021 in Conferences, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Conferences, Tax Scholarship | Permalink

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

ABA Tax Section Virtual 2021 Midyear Meeting

The ABA Tax Section Virtual 2021 Fall Midyear Meeting continues today. The full program is here. The highlight is State Tax and Economic Policy Responses to the Ongoing COVID Pandemic (Teaching Taxation Committee (Wednesday, 12:30 − 2:00 PM ET)):

ABA Tax Section Virtual Meeting 2In March, 2020, Congress enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to ameliorate economic shocks to U.S. households from the COVID pandemic and lockdowns. Although the CARES Act provided $150 billion in funds to states and local governments, those funds are not enough to stem the tide of the challenges states and local governments are facing today. State and local governments must therefore raise revenue themselves, and do so with a smaller fiscal toolbox than that available to the federal government. Panelists, including experts in tax, economics, and public policy will discuss state tax and related policy responses to COVID economic relief going forward. What policy tools do state and local governments have to manage this enormous shock? How can they raise revenue while also protecting vulnerable businesses and households harmed by the pandemic?

  • Chris Hoene (Executive Director, California Budget & Policy Center)
  • Ariel Jurow Kleiman (San Diego)
  • Erin Scharff (Arizona State)
  • Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)
  • Gladriel Shobe (BYU) (moderator)

Other Tax Profs with speaking roles include:

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January 26, 2021 in ABA Tax Section, Conferences, Tax, Tax Conferences | Permalink

Saturday, January 9, 2021

AALS Hosts Virtual Panel Today On New Voices In Taxation

The AALS Tax Section hosts a Zoom panel today on New Voices in Taxation at 4:15 pm ET:

AALS (2018)This program gives junior tax scholars an opportunity to receive useful feedback on their work from senior reviewers before submitting the work for publication.

Kathleen DeLaney Thomas (North Carolina) (moderator)

Jeremy Bearer-Friend (George Washington), Taxation and the Law-and-Political-Economy Project (with Ari Glogower (Ohio State), Ariel Jurow Kleiman (San Diego) & Clinton Wallace (South Carolina)
Commentator:  Ajay Mehrotra (American Bar Foundation & Northwestern)

Jonathan Choi (Minnesota), Legal Analysis, Policy Analysis, and the Price of Deference: An Empirical Study of Mayo and Chevron
Commentator, Leigh Osofsky (North Carolina)

Hayes Holderness (Richmond), Insidious Regulatory Taxes
Commentator:  Beth Colgan (UCLA)

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Friday, January 8, 2021

AALS Hosts Virtual Panel Today On Tax Law In An Age Of COVID

The AALS Tax Section hosts a Zoom panel today on Tax Law in an Age of COVID at 1:15 pm ET:

AALS (2018)In the wake of COVID-19, Congress rushed to use the tax policy and the administrative resources of the IRS to deliver economic benefits to individuals and firms, but it also used this must-pass legislation to enact long-sought tax measures. This panel will consider federal tax policy's role in this unprecedented economic contraction and in the fiscal crisis confronting state and local governments.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Symposium: Disrupting Hierarchies In Legal Education

Temple Symposium, Disrupting Hierarchies In Legal Education: The Abraham L. Freedman Fellowship Program, 92 Temple L. Rev. 707-835 (2020): 

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Friday, December 18, 2020

Syracuse Symposium: Online Learning And The Future of Legal Education

Symposium, Online Learning And The Future of Legal Education, 70 Syracuse L. Rev. 1- 203 (2020):

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Call For Tax Papers And Panels: Law & Society Annual Meeting On Crisis, Healing, Re-Imagining

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 Chicago (May 27 - 30, 2020):

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

The conference will mostly be held online, but LSA does hope to hold some events in person in Chicago for those who are willing and able to travel.  They are also indicating that they will take account of time zone differences in their scheduling. ...

Although there is an official call for papers, please remember that you are not bound by the official theme of the conference ("Crisis, Healing, Re-Imagining").  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 11:59 p.m. ET (USA) on Thursday, January 7, 2021.

Please be aware that the online submission system has been changed significantly since last year.  (For what it's worth, I think the changes are all for the better.)  Please follow these instructions carefully:

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Monday, November 30, 2020

Duke Symposium: Law And Macroeconomics

Law and Contemporary Problems (2020)

Symposium, Law and Macroeconomics, 83 Law & Contemp. Probs. 1-232 (2020):

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Saturday, November 21, 2020

NTA 113th Annual Conference On Taxation

Highlights of the third day of the National Tax Association's virtual 113th Annual Conference on Taxation (full program here):

National Tax Association (2016)

Advances in Tax Administration
Session Chair: Elliott Ash (ETH Zurich)

Behavioral Issues in Tax Administration & Retirement Plans
Session Chair: Jason Seligman (Investment Company Institute)

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

NTA 113th Annual Conference On Taxation

Highlights of the first two days of the National Tax Association's virtual 113th Annual Conference on Taxation (full program here):

National Tax Association (2016)

COVID-19 and Business Tax & Credit Policies
Session Chair: Yilin Hou (Syracuse)

Electricity Sector: Policy Design and Outcomes
Session Chair: Agustin Leon-Moreta (New Mexico)

Legal Issues in International Taxation
Session Chair: Lilian Faulhaber (Georgetown)

Nonprofit Organizations
Chair: Jeremy Bearer-Friend (George Washington)

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November 19, 2020 in Conferences, Tax, Tax Conferences, Tax Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Leff Presents Cannabis Taxation: Theory And Practice Today At Boston University

Benjamin M. Leff (American) presents Cannabis Taxation: Theory and Practice at the Virtual Boston University Law Review Conference today on Marijuana Law 2020: Lessons from the Past, Ideas for the Future:

Leff (2020)My goal in my presentation is to make two primary points: (1) In designing a tax instrument to tax cannabis at the state level, it is misguided to get distracted by any theory of Pigouvian taxes, since the most important market substitute for legal cannabis is illegal cannabis, and so (except for some special cases) taxation of legal cannabis is not Pigouvian.  (2) In designing a tax instrument to tax cannabis at the federal level, the most important issue is the degree to which any federal tax crowds out state-level taxation, not the purported incoherence (or injustice?) of section 280E.  In fact, section 280E has some plausible benefits as compared to federal excise taxes.

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November 12, 2020 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Conferences, Tax Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, November 6, 2020

Utah Hosts Junior Scholar’s Conference Today On How To Improve The Impact Of Your Legal Scholarship

Utah hosts the Rocky Mountain Junior Scholar’s Conference virtually today on How to Improve the Impact of Your Legal Scholarship (2:00 PM ET):

Utah Logo (2016)Please join us on Zoom as our expert panelists talk about how to improve the impact of your legal scholarship. Learn from our panelists about the following important topics:

  • How to become one of the most cited in your field
  • How to improve SSRN downloads
  • How to improve law review placements
  • Whether and when to write books or articles
  • How to place quotes and op-eds in national publications

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November 6, 2020 in Conferences, Legal Ed Conferences, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Friday, October 30, 2020

Florida Hosts 16th Annual International Tax Symposium

Florida Logo (2017)The University of Florida Graduate Tax Program hosts its Sixteenth International Taxation Symposium virtually today:

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October 30, 2020 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Conferences, Tax Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Black Lawyers Matter: Strategies To Enhance Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion

Black Lawyers Matter 2I am honored to have the opportunity to update my remarks on A Dean's Perspective on Diversity, Socioeconomics, The LSAT, And The U.S. News Law School Rankings as part of a panel at today's virtual conference on Black Lawyers Matter: Strategies To Enhance Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion (more here):

Moderator: 
Leonard M. Baynes (Dean, Houston)

Panelists:
Robert B. Ahdieh (Dean, Texas A&M)
Paul L. Caron (Dean, Pepperdine)
Robert Morse (Chief Data Strategist, U.S. News & World Report)
Victor Quintanilla (Indiana)
Kellye Testy (President & CEO, Law School Admission Council)

Karen Sloan (Law.com), Black Lawyers Matter: The Symposium:

The numbers tell the story of a legal profession divided by race. Less than 8% of first-year law students in 2019 were Black.

In California, 53% of Black bar examinees passed between 2009 and 2018. That figure was 80% for white examinees.

The percentage of 2019 Black law graduates who found jobs requiring a law degree within 10 months was 62%, compared to 80% for white law graduates. And in 2020, white shoe law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore had no Black partners.

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October 30, 2020 in Conferences, Legal Ed Conferences, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education, Pepperdine Legal Ed | Permalink | Comments (1)

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Call For Tax Papers And Panels: SEALS 2021 (Nov. 7 Deadline)

SEALs Logo (2013)Hello!  I miss you all – what a year.  I am looking with optimism towards next summer!  Tessa Davis is joining me this year in coordinating tax panels and discussion groups for next year’s SEALS Conference.  The 2021 SEALS Conference will be held July 26-August 1, 2021 at the Boca Resort in Boca Raton, Florida.

The conference submission tool is now open, and Tessa and I are 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.  We 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 us to include you in a group of other tax profs, please email Tessa Davis with the following information:

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October 28, 2020 in Conferences, Tax, Tax Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

ABA Tax Section Hosts Free Webinar Today On The Tax System and Social Policy

The ABA Tax Section hosts a free webinar today on The Tax System and Social Policy at 1:00 ET:

ABA TaxThe tax system has been used with increasing frequency as a social policy tool to administer social programs. From the Earned Income Tax Credit to the recent Economic Impact Payments, the IRS has been asked to do more with an ever decreasing budget. While the tax system may be an attractive vehicle to administer certain payments or benefits, it can also pose challenges. Panelists will examine the history of the tax code as a way to administer social programs. Panelists will then evaluate certain programs and discuss some advantages and disadvantages of administering these programs through the tax code. In particular, panelists will discuss the recent Economic Impact Payments and some of the challenges with administering these payments successfully. Lastly, panelists will propose some changes and alternatives to the way programs are administered to better serve the communities that are most in need of these benefits.

Speakers:

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October 21, 2020 in ABA Tax Section, Conferences, Tax, Tax Conferences, Tax News | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Black Lawyers Matter

Houston Chronicle op-ed:  Black Attorneys Matter. We Must Diversify Texas Law Firms., by Leonard M. Baynes (Dean, Houston) & Jennifer Collins (Dean, SMU):

Black Lawyers Matter ConferencePrior to 1950, if a Black Texas resident wanted to become a lawyer, they had to leave the state and study at a Northern law school or serve as an apprentice under a willing white Texas lawyer in order to become licensed. They had to do this because, at that time, none of the Texas law schools admitted Black students no matter their qualifications.

This year, we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court opinion Sweatt v. Painter, the case that led to the desegregation of Texas law schools. We feel the best way to honor Heman Marion Sweatt is to continue to expand the number of students of color who are ready to be trained and join the ranks of practicing attorneys in Texas — a state that sorely needs to bolster that racial diversity. Co-hosting the Black Lawyers Matter Conference on Oct. 30, a Zoom-style webinar, will allow us to take stock of this challenge and share best practices to solve them. ...

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October 18, 2020 in Conferences, Legal Ed News, Legal Ed Scholarship, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Intersection Of Race And Taxes

The Philadelphia Bar Association Tax Section hosted a webcast on Friday on The Intersection of Race and Taxes:

Philadelphia Bar AssociationAmid a renewed focus on racial justice in our society, this CLE program will address the scholarship and client-facing work on issues related to our tax system and its impact on racial inequality. The panelists share their insights and perspectives on how different aspects of international, federal, state and local tax structures effect racial inequities. Join your colleagues in the Tax Section for this fascinating examination of the intersection of racial diversity and federal, state and local tax policy.

  • Alice Abreu ( Temple)
  • Steven Dean (NYU)

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October 18, 2020 in Conferences, Legal Ed Conferences, Legal Education, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

ABA Tax Section Virtual Meeting

The ABA Tax Section Virtual 2020 Fall Meeting kicks off today. The full program is here. Today's highlight is Beyond CARES: Tax and Economic Policy Responses to the Ongoing COVID Pandemic (Teaching Taxation Committee (10:00 − 11:30 AM ET)):

ABA Virtual TaxIn March, 2020, Congress enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to ameliorate economic shocks to U.S. households from the COVID pandemic and lockdowns. The CARES Act included temporary: (1) Economic Impact Payments to individuals and families of up to $1,200 per adult (subject to income limitations) and $500 per child under 17 years old; (2) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loans to businesses, including independent contractors, to cover up to eight weeks of payroll costs or to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities; and (3) supplemental Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) of $600 per week. Following expiration of CARES Act relief, the question is: what new COVID economic relief package is advisable? Members of Congress and policymakers disagree about the best approaches to counteract the continuing economic shocks to households from the pandemic. Panelists, including experts in tax, economics, and public policy will discuss tax and related policy responses to COVID economic relief going forward. Panel topics include proposals: to expand and increase the Earned Income Tax Credit; to expand and increase the Child Tax Credit; to reduce payroll taxes; to extend FPUC benefits; to increase federal subsidies to states; and to enact a federal VAT or Carbon Tax, which could fund an expanded EITC or Child Tax Credit or a lump sum Basic Income for Americans. Panelists will consider potential gender, racial, and socio-economic disparities in the economic impact of (1) the COVID pandemic and (2) pandemic relief proposals.

Speakers:

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September 30, 2020 in ABA Tax Section, Conferences, Tax, Tax Conferences | Permalink | Comments (1)

Friday, September 25, 2020

Symposium On Ruth Mason's The Transformation Of International Tax

Symposium, Ruth Mason's The Transformation Of International Tax, 114 Am. J. Int'l L. 353 (2020):

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September 25, 2020 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 14, 2020

Copenhagen Business School Hosts Virtual Conference Today On Inequality Within International Taxation

Inequality Int'l Tax'n

Copenhagen Business School hosts a two-day virtual conference beginning today on Inequality Within International Taxation (program):

How should concerns about inequality influence the choices that countries make in the design of their international tax laws and regulations? What role do international tax rules play in reducing (or exacerbating) inequalities of income and wealth, and how do concerns such as gender and racial inequalities inform and intersect with economic and political concerns? Can tax rules, for example, allow wealthier countries to help pull poorer countries out of poverty? Will political systems be willing to use tax policy to address the effects of continuing discrimination in employment, housing, and other areas of people’s live?

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September 14, 2020 in Conferences, Tax, Tax Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Emory Law Journal Call For Submissions: Systemic Racism In The Law & Anti-Racist Solutions

Emory Law Journal: Call for Submissions:

Emory Law JournalDear Scholars:
We write to you in troubling times, yet we are hopeful for a brighter future ahead. First, we hope that you are taking care of yourselves and your loved ones. Second, we want to announce that the Emory Law Journal is calling for essay submissions for our forthcoming Special Issue: Systemic Racism in the Law & Anti-Racist Solutions. The Issue will be published in May 2021, with an accompanying remote symposium in March 2021.

In the wake of numerous police shootings of unarmed Black men and women, the murder of protesters, and the lack of justice for many of the perpetrators, a statement from ELJ will no longer suffice; to be an anti-racist Journal, we must act. Therefore, this spring, we will use our platform to elevate scholarship that seeks to facilitate racial justice and dismantle white supremacy by publishing a Special Issue and holding a remote symposium.

ELJ is looking for essays from 7,500 to 15,000 words that expose systemic racism in the law or propose anti-racist solutions to make the law more just. Emory’s Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law Dorothy A. Brown will be writing the introduction to the Special Issue. We will accept abstracts as submissions, and if your essay is selected, you are not required to participate in the Symposium, but you will have a standing invitation to do so. We will accept essay submissions on a rolling basis. The deadlines for submission and publication are below:

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Monday, August 31, 2020

International Tax Symposium In Honor Of Tim Edgar

Symposium, Re-Imagining Tax for the 21st Century: Inspired by the Scholarship of Tim Edgar (York University, Osgoode Hall Law School) (Vol. 67, No. 3; Vol. 67, No. 4; Vol. 68, No. 1; and Vol. 68, No. 2):

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August 31, 2020 in Conferences, Legal Education, Scholarship, Tax Conferences, Tax Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Call For Papers: UC-Irvine Symposium On Taxation In Times Of Crisis

The UC-Irvine Graduate Tax Program has issued a call for papers for its third annual UCI/Lavar Taylor Tax Symposium on Taxation in Times of Crisis on February 22, 2021:

UC Irvine (20192)The purposes of this full-day symposium is to launch an in-depth discussion on the effects of local, national, and global crises on tax administration, tax policymaking, and tax compliance. We are interested in submissions for proposed presentations related to taxation in times of (or in response to) social unrest, racial tensions, pandemics, natural and man-made disasters, wars, climate and geological emergencies, financial crises, and other types of large-scale social challenges.

This one-day symposium will be attended by tax industry professionals, government officials, and academic researchers. We expect about 150 attendees this year. Presenters of accepted submissions will be invited to present at the symposium. If the symposium is held on campus, the Graduate Tax Program will cover the presenters’ reasonable travel and lodging expenses.

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August 26, 2020 in Conferences, Tax, Tax Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)