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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Farewell To Ed Kleinbard (USC)

Following up on Monday's post, Death Of Ed Kleinbard (USC):  Los Angeles Times:  Farewell to USC’s Ed Kleinbard, 68, a Peerless Champion of the Public Interest, by Michael Hiltzik: 

Kleinbard (2015)A couple of things set Ed Kleinbard apart from the army of tax experts who spend their hours delving into the minutiae of tax law.

For one thing, he was smarter than most of the others. But more important, having developed his store of knowledge at an elite corporate law firm and then as a top congressional advisor, he chose to deploy it in the public interest — as a professor of law at USC, as a widely-read commentator on tax policy and as the author of an indispensable book on how to make fiscal policy function for the betterment of American life.

Kleinbard died Monday at 68, following a long battle with cancer. He had been my guide through the thickets of tax policy since I first profiled him in 2014 and a source for dozens of columns since then. He was always gracious, lucid and amusing when I pestered him for his insights, even during his bouts with illness toward the end. His passing will be profoundly felt by his family, his colleagues, my readers and a world that is immeasurably poorer for the loss.

Let’s learn why.

We can begin with his career trajectory. After graduating from Yale Law School in 1976, he moved into corporate law, rising to a partnership at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. In 2007 he jumped to the public sector as chief of staff to the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, then joined USC’s Gould School of Law in 2009.

“Only people who are practicing law at a very high level know exactly how corporations do things like move income around to minimize taxes and the other tax games major corporations play,” says Kleinbard’s friend, cycling companion and USC Law colleague Gregory Keating. “And most of the people who have that kind of knowledge are working with the companies. Ed had that expertise and was committed to coming up with solutions as an academic and a policy person that were public-spirited and public-minded.”

Coupled with that was an engaging persona that his colleagues remembered as “funny, loyal, passionate, and acerbic,” as Daniel N. Shaviro of NYU Law School put it in a valedictory on the TaxProf blog.

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July 2, 2020 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Obituaries, Tax, Tax News | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Death Of Mike Lang (Chapman)

Los Angeles Times Obituary, Michael B. Lang:

LangSeptember 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

You may leave a message of condolence for Mike's family here.

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.

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June 30, 2020 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Obituaries, Tax, Tax News, Tax Profs | Permalink | Comments (6)

Monday, June 29, 2020

Death Of Ed Kleinbard (USC)

From Joe Bankman (Stanford):

Kleinbard (2015)I am sorry to report that my great friend (and co-author), Ed Kleinbard (USC), died last night.  The cause of death was cancer.

Ed was a towering presence in our field and is well known to members of this group.  He had every ability a tax lawyer and academic could want: an amazing knowledge of doctrine, great analytic skills, and great passion.  He was a wonderful writer: clear, folksy, funny, and rhetorically strong.  He was motivated by a strong belief in justice and equal opportunity. 

I am sure that there will be a festchrist in his honor and that we will have an opportunity to reflect on his contributions.  I didn't ask the family anything about memorial services. I am guessing it will be small, private and (like everything else these days) on-line.   I would guess that his wish for us would be to work for tax and fiscal reform and justice -- and to consult his many works for guidance.

I got to know Ed well after moving to Southern California. He graciously agreed to speak at Pepperdine three times:  at my tax policy workshop series in 2015 and 2017, and most poignantly at the Critical Tax Conference in 2019 in the midst of his long battle with cancer. As Joe says, Ed was a towering presence in every sense, but what I will remember most is his biting wit, self-deprecation, and abiding belief that "we are better then this." 

Dan Shaviro (NYU), In Memory of Ed Kleinbard:

I wanted to express my very great grief, both personally and professionally, regarding the death of Ed Kleinbard, who succumbed last night to a vicious cancer that he had been fiercely, bravely, and creatively battling for many years.

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June 29, 2020 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Obituaries, Tax, Tax News | Permalink | Comments (10)

Monday, April 13, 2020

NY Times: Michael Cooper, Convicted In Tax Scam, Dies A Prisoner At 66

David Cay Johnston (New York Times), Michael C. Cooper, Convicted in Tax Scam, Dies a Prisoner at 66:

For decades Michael C. Cooper ran small-time investment and marketing scams in Topeka, Kan., repeatedly clashing with securities and consumer protection agencies. He mocked their actions as inconsequential and ineffective.

Then, in 1997, as Senate hearings in Washington were dramatizing supposed abuses of taxpayers by the Internal Revenue Service, Mr. Cooper saw an opportunity to profit from public resentment of the tax system — and to move up from a local flimflam artist to a national one.

He launched Renaissance/The Tax People, a tax-avoidance business that ultimately ensnared about 50,000 Americans — until a Kansas state judge shut the firm down in 2001, ruling that it was an illegal pyramid scheme of a “fundamentally deceptive nature” that had cost customers and investors at least $84 million.

Tried, convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison, Mr. Cooper never got out. He died on April 3, the Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed without stating a cause.

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April 13, 2020 in Obituaries, Tax, Tax News | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Death Of Former UConn Dean Hugh Macgill

Hartford Courant, Obituary: Hugh C. Macgill:

MacgillHugh C. Macgill, the witty and charismatic dean of the University of Connecticut School of Law from 1990 to 2000, died Feb 13, 2020. He was 79. Construction of the Thomas J. Meskill Law Library was Macgill's signature achievement as dean. Asked in 2010 what his vision of the new library had been, he replied with typical lucidity, "Space to put the books in, damn it!" ...

Known for his trademark bushy owl-like eyebrows, Hugh Macgill was an antic intellectual provocateur, whose command of history and language captivated many, infuriated some, but piqued all. While he infused his love of books, classical music, wine, the outdoors, the law school, and baseball with an ironic mischief, in his heart he channeled a fierce compassion for others and a deep conviction in the truth of the rule of law.

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February 20, 2020 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Obituaries | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Death Of Martin Dickinson (Kansas)

KU Law Community Mourns Passing of Former Dean:

DickinsonThe University of Kansas School of Law community is mourning the passing of former dean and longtime professor Martin Dickinson, who died Jan. 5 in Estes Park, Colorado. He was 81.

Dickinson was KU Law’s longest-serving faculty member. He gave 48 years to the law school, from when he started teaching in 1967 until his retirement in 2015. He served as dean from 1971 to 1980, overseeing a time period that included the dedication of the law school’s current home at Green Hall.

He was a visionary leader, advocating for the advancement of diverse and female law students and faculty well before the legal profession as a whole began to do so, said Stephen Mazza, dean and professor of law. “He was also a fantastic classroom teacher who truly cared about his students,” Mazza said. “KU Law alumni across the nation frequently recognize him as one of their favorite professors.”

By Dickinson’s own estimate, 4,000 law students passed through his classes during his nearly five decades as a professor. In a recollection of his tenure for the fall 2015 edition of KU Law Magazine, Dickinson described his time as “a fascinating ride that included revolutionary changes.” ...

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January 11, 2020 in Obituaries, Tax, Tax News | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, December 30, 2019

Death Of Robert Gordon: 'College Dropout Made Name As Tax Maven'

Wall Street Journal, College Dropout Made Name As Tax Maven:

Gordon 3Robert N. Gordon, a college dropout, became one of the most-quoted U.S. experts on stock-market trends and tax-efficient investing.

“To make a move solely for tax purposes is silly, but to ignore taxes when investing is equally as foolhardy,” he told The Wall Street Journal a year ago. He was quoted in the Journal more than 100 times in the past 35 years, most recently in November.

Mr. Gordon, who was founder and president of New York-based Twenty-First Securities Corp. and whose bedtime reading included the tax code, died Dec. 14 at home in Manhattan. He was 66 and had been under treatment for lung cancer.

“He would exploit inefficiencies or errors or inconsistencies in the tax code wherever he found them,” said Robert Willens, an accounting and tax adviser. “He was the best I’d ever seen at that.” His strategies survived “withering scrutiny” from tax authorities, Mr. Willens said. ...

He is survived by two children and his sister, Wendy Gordon, a law professor at Boston University.

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December 30, 2019 in Obituaries, Tax, Tax News | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Death Of Former IRS Commissioner Mortimer Caplin At Age 103

Bloomberg Law, Mortimer Caplin Leaves Legacy at IRS, Top D.C. Law Firm:

CaplinMortimer Caplin, who helped shape the IRS and a major Washington, D.C. law firm, died July 15 at the age of 103.

Caplin was IRS commissioner under former President John F. Kennedy and later co-founded Caplin & Drysdale. As IRS chief, he worked to make the agency kinder and friendlier, according to an obituary from his alma mater, the University of Virginia.

Scott Michel, a member at Caplin & Drysdale who has been at the firm for nearly four decades, said that Caplin played a key role in the firm’s culture.

“Those of us who are old-timers around here frequently comment that the tone and culture and the level of excellence that we aspire to, you can trace right back to the tone and culture and level of excellence that Mort Caplin conveyed,” Michel said.

IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig said in a statement that Caplin had a powerful personal story and career of public service, highlighting his time at the IRS and as a beachmaster at Omaha Beach during the Normandy Invasion in World War II.

“Indeed, throughout Mort’s incredible life, his service and dedication personally embodied what it takes to preserve America and its way of life. He will be missed,” Rettig said.

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July 17, 2019 in IRS News, Obituaries, Tax, Tax News | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Death Of Jeff Sherman (Chicago-Kent)

ShermanIn Memoriam: Professor Jeffrey G. Sherman:

The Chicago-Kent College of Law community mourns the death of Professor of Law Emeritus Jeffrey G. Sherman, a one-of-a-kind professor who served as an institutional conscience to the law school for 32 years. He passed away recently at the age of 72.

“Jeff Sherman was a gifted teacher, a fabulous colleague and a zealous defender of the integrity of the English language,” says Chicago-Kent Dean Harold J. Krent.

Sherman joined the Chicago-Kent faculty as an associate professor in fall 1978. Over the years, he taught the courses in Estates and Trusts, Gift and Estate Tax, and Employee Benefits Law. Prior to joining the law school, he was an assistant professor of law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1976 to 1978. He also was a visiting professor at Harvard in 1993 and 1995 and also visited at University of California Los Angeles in 1990, the University of Miami in 1987, the University of Illinois in 1983, and the University of Arizona in 1981.

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July 13, 2019 in Legal Education, News, Obituaries, Tax, Tax News | Permalink | Comments (1)

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Death Of William Brown (Pittsburgh): 'He Made Tax Law Fun'

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Obituary: William J.W. Brown, a Longtime Pitt Law Professor Who Made Tax Law 'Fun':

BrownAnyone who thinks tax law can’t be fun probably didn’t have William J.W. Brown as a professor.

The longtime Squirrel Hill resident so excelled at explaining the intricacies of federal and estate tax law to legions of attorneys-in-the-making at the University of Pittsburgh Law School that even those who had no intention of ever advising a client on such matters often ended up taking his upper level classes anyway, just to hear him teach.

“He was just so affable, and committed to what he was doing as a professor,” said Larry Frolik of Oakland, a longtime friend and colleague.

Mr. Brown was so good, in fact, that at his retirement party in 2000, he discovered someone had anonymously donated $1 million to the school in his honor. ...

After earning a degree from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law in 1963, he took a job with a law firm on Wall Street. To his mother’s dismay, it wouldn’t last; Catholic invited him back to teach, and he quickly discovered he loved it, said his wife of 35 years, Eliza Brown. 

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June 23, 2019 in Obituaries, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Ed Outslay (Michigan State) Died While Throwing Batting Practice To High School Team He Coached For 24 Years

Outslay 2Professor Ed Outslay Passes Away:

On May 20, the Broad College lost a beloved friend and mentor: Ed Outslay, Deloitte/Michael Licata Endowed Professor of Taxation.

During his tenure at the college from 1980 to 2019, Ed was known as a passionate academic, impactful mentor and devoted community volunteer. ...

Over the course of his long and distinguished career, Ed gathered a remarkable list of accomplishments. He was the co-author of three tax textbooks, testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and made presentations to the Treasury, IRS and Office of Tax Analysis. He won numerous awards from the Broad College and MSU, including the Distinguished Faculty Award, Presidential Award for Outstanding Community Service, Withrow Teacher-Scholar Award, Curricular Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Award and department teaching and research awards.

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May 26, 2019 in Obituaries, Tax | Permalink | Comments (1)

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Death Of Ron Hjorth (University Of Washington)

Hjorth

Dear UW Law Community:
It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Dean Emeritus Roland L. Hjorth, the Garvey Schubert Barer Professor of Law, on Monday, May 6. He was 83.

While I only had the pleasure to meet with Ron a few times, I know he was a treasured colleague, mentor and friend. He was a visionary leader and legal scholar, as well as recognized expert in taxation, international law and litigation. His wisdom, legendary hospitality and kindness will be greatly missed.

A celebration of life service will be held at the law school later this summer, and more details will be shared as soon as they are available. In the meantime, please send condolences and correspondence to Ron’s daughter, Heather Hjorth, by email at heatherhjorth@gmail.com or by mail at 5636 NE Keswick Drive, Seattle, WA 98105-2856.

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May 16, 2019 in Legal Education, Obituaries, Tax | Permalink | Comments (1)

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Death Of Charles Kingson

KingsonNew York Times Obituary, Charles Kingson:

Charles Isaac Kingson (Charley) of New York City died peacefully on February 26, 2019 in the company of his wife and daughter. He was 80 years old and had spent his career as a tax lawyer. Born in New York City, he attended the Horace Mann School and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard College and Harvard Law School. A longtime partner at Willkie, Farr and Gallagher, he served as the Treasury Department's deputy international tax counsel under the Carter Administration, where he wrote the initial regulations under section 367 of the tax code, establishing rules for reorganizations and liquidations involving foreign corporations. A gifted pianist, conversationalist and thinker, he spent his later years teaching his craft at New York University Law School, Yale Law School, Penn Law School and Columbia Law School. He leaves his beloved wife, Nancy Sharf Kingson, and daughter, Jennifer A. Kingson, and two grandchildren, Valerie Kingson Bloom and Jeffrey Kingson Bloom.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Death Of David Laro (Tax Court Judge)

LaroDavid Laro, Senior Judge of the U.S. Tax Court, died on Friday, September 21, at the age of 76.  From the family:

We are planning a celebration of David’s life at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, September 27th at 2:30 p.m. We will be sitting shiva at Marlene and Andrew's house (8203 Hampton Oak Court, McLean, VA) after the service until 9:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Judge David Laro Scholarship in Taxes at NYU School of Law and the Judge David Laro Tax Law Scholarship at USD School of Law.

From David's Tax Court biography:

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Death Of Former IRS Commissioner Sheldon Cohen

CohenWashington Post, Sheldon S. Cohen Dies at 91:

Sheldon S. Cohen, a tax lawyer and certified public accountant who helped set up the first presidential blind trust, for Lyndon B. Johnson, and then helped fully computerize the IRS as Johnson’s commissioner of internal revenue, died Sept. 4 at a nursing home in Chevy Chase, Md. He was 91. The cause was complications from congestive heart failure, said a grandson, Reuben C. Goetzl.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Death Of David Tillinghast (Baker & McKenzie, NYU)

TillinghastNew York Times, Obituary:

David R. Tillinghast, distinguished international tax lawyer of New York City, died on August 15, 2018. He was 88 years of age. Survived by his wife, Lisa Sewell Tillinghast (nee Mellion), step-son, Greg Sewell, daughter, Lauren Sewell Tillinghast, son-in-law, Stephen Wessley, and, grandson, Barrett Sewell. He was the first Special Treasury Assistant for International Affairs from 1962-1965. From 1999 until 2012 he was Partner, later Of Counsel, at Baker & McKenzie's New York office. In 1996, the New York University International Law School established an annual lecture series in his name. David will be missed by his family, friends, colleagues, and, many mentees.

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August 22, 2018 in Obituaries, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Death Of Stephen Cohen (Georgetown)

CohenIn Memoriam: Professor Stephen B. Cohen:

Professor Stephen B. Cohen, who taught tax and human rights courses at Georgetown Law to generations of students, died August 17. He was 72.

“Steve was a beloved colleague, teacher, and scholar, touching many lives during his 38-year tenure at the Law Center,” said Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor. “We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Laura Sager [NYU], and family during this difficult time.”

Cohen earned his A.B. at Amherst in 1967 and his J.D. in 1971 from Yale before joining the Carter Administration later in the 1970s. Serving first on the policy planning staff at the State Department, he later became a deputy assistant secretary of state for human rights. “He was involved, then, in the very early formulation of a human rights diplomacy at the center, rather than the periphery, of foreign policy,” Professor Emeritus Norman Birnbaum wrote of Cohen.

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August 21, 2018 in Obituaries, Tax | Permalink | Comments (1)

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Death Of Larry Jegen

JegenIU McKinney Mourns the Passing of Professor Lawrence A. Jegen III:

Professor Lawrence A. Jegen, III, passed away on May 17, 2018, at his home in Indianapolis. He was 83 years old. He taught at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law for 56 years before his retirement in 2018. He joined the faculty in 1962 as an Assistant Professor, was promoted to an Associate Professor two years later, and became a full professor in 1966.

“It is hard to understate the impact that Professor Jegen made on the lives of others during his remarkable 56-year career at our law school," said IU McKinney Dean Andrew R. Klein. "Using the word ‘legend’ might sound like hyperbole, but today it does not. The outpouring of affection that I have heard from generations of McKinney Law alumni is overwhelming. This is a sad day for our law school family, but also a moment to remember the incredible difference that a teacher can make. We will miss Professor Jegen, but never forget him.”

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Leonard Silverstein, Founder Of The BNA Tax Management Portfolio Series, Dies At 96

SliversteinWashington Post, Leonard Silverstein, Washington Tax Lawyer and Arts Patron, Dies at 96:

Leonard L. Silverstein, a Washington lawyer and arts patron who started a series of prominent tax-law guidebooks and became a member of the city’s cultural and fundraising firmament, died Feb. 14 at his home in Bethesda, Md. He was 96. ...

As a young, Harvard-educated legal adviser to the Treasury Department, Mr. Silverstein helped shape the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, a massive overhaul of the federal income tax system. In 1959, he created Tax Management Porfolios, authoritative texts for the nation’s accounting firms and which today are part of the Bloomberg media empire.

The next year, he co-founded Silverstein and Mullens, a firm specializing in tax law and estate planning. In 2000, it became a division of what is now the Pittsburgh-based Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. Until his death, Mr. Silverstein worked at the merged operation. Among his clients were Fortune 500 companies in fields as disparate as aerospace and entertainment. ...

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Death Of Chris Bergin (Tax Analysts)

BerginObituary:

Christopher E. Bergin, 65, former president and publisher of Tax Analysts and a longtime advocate for greater transparency in taxation, died suddenly November 22 following complications from an earlier surgery.

Bergin's time at Tax Analysts began in 1991 as editor of Tax Notes. A decade later, he took the helm of the organization, serving as president and publisher for 16 years. Previously, Bergin was managing editor at Prentice Hall.

A tireless advocate for transparency, in his own words, Bergin wrote that his "passion here is to see that every citizen gets equal and fair treatment in paying taxes." To that end, Bergin was never reluctant to seek legal means to compel government agencies to release information and shed light on how the Internal Revenue Service performed its duties.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Death Of Regis Campfield (SMU)

CampfieldDallas Morning News:

Regis William Campfield, a man of faith and family, was born on January 8, 1942, in Pittsburgh, PA, and died on October 27, 2017, in Dallas, TX.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Mary Tarpley Campfield, and their two daughters and sons-in-law: Allison and Mike Taten; Claire and John Storino; six adoring and adored grandchildren: Matthew, Laura and Jane Taten; Mary, Anne Elise, and Catherine Storino; brother-in-law Charles Tarpley and his wife, Mary Ellen. Regis was the much beloved only child of Regis P. and Katherine A. Campfield of Rillton, PA.

Of the 93 graduates of his high school class, he was one of three to go to college. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. His Notre Dame experience was foundational for his life. While at University of Virginia School of Law, he met and in 1966 married the love of his life, Mary Tarpley, a U.Va. Ph.D candidate from Dallas.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Death Of Lesley McAllister

McAllisterLesley McAllister, an environmental law professor at San Diego (2005-13) and UC-Davis (2013-), died on August 30 at the age of 47 after a four year battle against cancer.  She leaves behind her husband Andrew and two young children, Erin and Nathan.  A Celebration of Lesley's Life is being held today at 4:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis.  In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions in Lesley's honor may be made to Camp Kesem, a camp that helps children whose parents have cancer.

I got to know Leslie during my many summers at USD, and we often were neighbors in a suite of faculty offices.  I prevailed on her to take over our network's Environmental Law Prof Blog, which she did with her customary élan.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Death Of Harry Grubert

GrubertHarry Grubert, longtime Senior Research Economist in the Office of Tax Analysis at the U.S. Treasury Department, has died at age 81 after a long illness.  From Dan Shaviro:

Harry had more knowledge about U.S. international taxation than any other living individual. I'm not referring to legal knowledge, of course, as he was an economist — albeit, an exceptionally well-informed one about the law. But his long years of research and study regarding U.S. multinational firms, based on tax data that he understood better than anyone else, made him an extraordinary resource, almost like a public utility in light of his kind generosity and willingness to share what he knew.

He was also a leading scholar who developed a number of interesting and important international tax reform ideas (often in coauthored work with Rosanne Altshuler), and one whose research yielded innumerable consequential empirical findings — for example, regarding the costs associated with U.S. multinationals keeping their funds tied up abroad.

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August 16, 2017 in IRS News, Obituaries, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tax Profs Remember Bill Andrews

AndrewsFollowing up my post on the May 20 death of Harvard tax legend Bill Andrews: below the fold are remembrances of Bill from these Tax Profs:

  • Alice Abreu (Temple)
  • Huge Ault (Boston College)
  • Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan)
  • Jennifer Bird-Pollan (Kentucky)
  • Paul Caron (Pepperdine)
  • Alan Feld (Boston University)
  • Cliff Fleming (BYU)
  • Susan Morse (Texas)

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Death Of Bill Andrews

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Photo Credit: Harvard Law School. Harvard Law Today:

William D. Andrews ’55, the Eli Goldston Professor of Law Emeritus at Harvard Law School, died on May 20, 2017. He was 86.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Death Of Virginia ('Ginny') Darden Meeks

Charleston

From Kristin Gutting (Charleston):

Professor Virginia (“Ginny”) Darden Meeks
(June 2, 1969 – February 23, 2017)

After a hard-fought battle with triple negative breast cancer, on February 23, 2017, the Charleston School of Law, the legal profession, and to be honest, the world, lost a truly beautiful soul, Professor Virginia (“Ginny”) Darden Meeks [obituary]. I (along with many) lost a great friend and colleague that constantly inspired me to be a better person and whose memory will continue to inspire me. I met Ginny soon after moving to Charleston when I began teaching at the Charleston School of Law. Ginny graduated from the University of North Carolina and was a die-hard Tar Heel fan. She earned her law degree at the University of South Carolina and her Masters of Law in Estate Planning at the University of Miami. She was an estate planning attorney at a boutique tax firm in Charleston. She was well-respected within the community and was always helping others. She provided pro bono legal services to individuals in need and several area nonprofit organizations, including the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation and Lowcountry Lab Rescue. Ginny also served as a committee member for several professional and civic organizations, including the Grace Church Cathedral, the Charleston County Bar Association, and the South Carolina Bar Association. Within in five minutes of speaking to her, I knew I was in the presence of someone truly special.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Death Of Tim Edgar (Osgoode Hall)

EdgarRemembering Osgoode Hall Law School Professor Tim Edgar:

The York University community mourns the loss of Osgoode Hall Law School Professor Tim Edgar (LLM '88) who died Dec. 9 after a long illness. A small family memorial service in London, Ontario will be held later this month.

“Tim was an exceptional tax scholar, a wonderful colleague, and a dedicated teacher,” said Osgoode Dean Lorne Sossin. “Colleagues will remember Tim as a careful, thoughtful, and engaged person and for his many contributions during his time at the law school.”

Edgar joined the Osgoode faculty in 2011 after a long career at Western Law School where he taught tax law and policy for 21 years. He published articles on taxation in the Canadian Tax Journal, New Zealand Journal of Taxation Law and Policy, Virginia Tax Review, SMU Law Review and other periodicals.

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Death Of Hope Lewis (Northeastern), Age 54

Hope LewisNortheastern Mourns Loss of Hope Lewis, Law Professor and Human Rights Scholar:

Pro­fessor Hope Lewis, a member of the School of Law’s fac­ulty since 1992, died Tuesday after a long ill­ness. She was 54.

Born on May 14, 1962, Lewis was a grad­uate of the Bronx High School of Sci­ence, Har­vard Col­lege, and Har­vard Law School. A pas­sionate cham­pion of the poor and dis­ad­van­taged, Lewis focused her teaching and schol­arly work on human rights and eco­nomic rights in the global economy. She co-​​founded the law school’s Pro­gram on Human Rights and the Global Economy and served as the fac­ulty director of the law school’s Global Legal Studies program.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Death Of Bernie Aidinoff

AidinoffM. Bernard Aidinoff (Sullivan & Cromell, New York) died on August 8 at the age of 87.  From the New York Times obituary (guest book):

He graduated from the University of Michigan (Phi Beta Kappa) and the Harvard Law School (Magna Cum Laude) where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. A first lieutenant in the Army Judge Advocate General Corps, he then became a law clerk to Judge Learned Hand. Bernie joined the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell in 1956.

An internationally respected tax expert, he loved the practice of law and took great pleasure in mentoring younger lawyers, before mentoring was a term. As chairman of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, he testified multiple times before the Senate Finance Committee advocating for a progressive tax code. Bernie also served as chairman of the American Law Institute Tax Program Committee, as editor-in-chief of The Tax Lawyer, as chairman of the Executive Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and on the Commissioner's Advisory Committee of the Internal Revenue Service.

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August 11, 2016 in Obituaries, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, July 11, 2016

Columbia Law Review Tributes To Marvin Chirelstein

ChirelsteinIn Memoriam: Marvin A. Chirelstein, 116 Colum. L. Rev. 287-323 (2016):

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Death Of Les Snyder

SnyderTax Prof Lester B. Snyder (San Diego) died on April 11 at the age of 87 (obituary; condolences; memorial gifts).  From San Diego Dean Stephen Ferruolo:

Professor Snyder began his long legal career in 1956 in legal practice in Boston, during which he served as a consultant to attorneys and accountants on tax issues.  He moved to academia in 1957 with an appointment to the law faculty of the University of Connecticut.  He remained at Connecticut until 1983 and held emeritus status.  During a leave of absence from 1968 to 1969, Professor Snyder was Professor-In-Residence in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he represented the Internal Revenue Service in tax litigation before federal courts. 

Professor Snyder joined the faculty of University of San Diego School of Law in 1983. From 1983 to 1989, he was the director of the graduate tax program. He retired from faculty in 2009. During his 26 years at USD, Professor Snyder taught mostly in the field of tax law, including federal income tax, taxation of corporations and partnerships, tax accounting, federal tax policy, business planning, estate and gift tax planning, and state and local taxation.  Through his teaching, scholarly reputation and leadership, he established the foundation of our graduate tax program.

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April 19, 2016 in Legal Education, Obituaries, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, March 28, 2016

Death Of Ira Shepard

ShepardFrom Marty McMahon (Florida):

I am deeply saddened to let you know that my dear friend Ira Shepard, Professor Emeritus at the University of Houston Law Center, passed away earlier today.  Ira and I have been friends for over thirty years and have worked closely together.  Over the past twenty-five years, Ira and I made some seventy-five odd CLE current development presentations all over the country, including over 20 consecutive years at the ABA Tax Section Mid-Winter Meeting and the University of Texas Tax Conference and seventeen years at Southern Federal Tax Institute and North Carolina Tax Institute, as well as many others.  We published our current developments outline in the Florida Tax Review every year since 2000.

Ira was smart, erudide, witty, and had a keen sense of humor.  He always provided great insights as to the history of tax law and practice, made me laugh, and was a wonderful companion at the many speaking engagements we did together.  I doubtless ate more meals with Ira than anyone who is not a member of my own family.

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March 28, 2016 in Legal Education, Obituaries, Tax | Permalink | Comments (7)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Graetz:  Farewell To Ken Gideon

GideonFollowing up on yesterday's post, Death Of Ken Gideon:  Michael Graetz (Columbia), Farewell To Ken Gideon:

During 1990 and 1991, Ken Gideon and I spent two long, dog-type years cheek by jowl at the Treasury when Ken was Assistant Secretary of Tax Policy and I served as his deputy. This period included, of course, preparation for and the negotiations over the bipartisan 1990 Budget Act which put the nation’s finances on a path to its first budget surpluses in a generation and ultimately cost George Herbert Walker Bush reelection. Ken Gideon possessed deep knowledge of the tax system, an awesome intellect, impressive judgment, and unquestionable integrity. He knew how to run an office and how to make decisions. Ken also understood perfectly the power of his office and its limits. His time at Treasury produced prodigious regulations, broad in scope and of vast impact. As I learned well, Ken Gideon had wide-ranging interests and was a great companion for conversation.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Death Of Ken Gideon

GideonSkadden, In Memoriam — Kenneth Gideon:

Skadden mourns the death of our friend and partner Ken Gideon, who died January 10. He was 69.

One of the nation's top tax lawyers, Ken brought a rare breadth of expertise to his practice. Initially a corporate attorney, he rose to the highest levels of the tax bar, serving as chief counsel for the Internal Revenue Service and assistant secretary of the Treasury for tax policy before joining our firm in 2000. At Skadden, Ken litigated tax disputes and provided guidance regarding novel transactions and issues relating to tax law and planning, advising clients such as FedEx, Regions Financial Corp. and Transocean in major, precedent-setting victories.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Death Of Dick Pugh

PughRichard C. Pugh, a long-time tax professor at San Diego, passed away on December 5 after a battle with cancer. From Dean Stephen Ferruolo:

Dick taught and wrote in the areas of corporate tax, international tax, international law, international criminal law and human rights. He joined our law faculty in 1989 after a prestigious career at Columbia University School of Law. Dick was instrumental in building USD's tax program. He not only set a standard of excellence that helped build the reputation of the law school, he was a paragon of the civility and collegiality that has endured among our distinguished faculty.

From Ed Kleinbard:

Richard Pugh, one of the leading international tax law scholars of his generation, and a mentor to hundreds of practicing lawyers and younger scholars, passed away Sunday.

Dick was a Rhodes Scholar. He joined Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton as an associate in 1958.  He left for a time to become a Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, and in 1966-1968 served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Tax Division of the Department of Justice.  Dick returned to Cleary Gottlieb as a partner in July 1969.  

In 1989, Dick joined the faculty of the University of San Diego School of Law, where he was instrumental in building USD's tax program.  At USD, Dick taught and wrote in the areas of corporate tax, international tax, international law, international criminal law and human rights.

Dick set a standard of excellence that helped build the reputation of every institution with which he was affiliated. He was a paragon of the civility and collegiality that made one proud to be his colleague, and his calming presence and mentoring talents made a very significant contribution to the lives of all who were fortunate enough to work with him.

A memorial service will be held on December 23 at 11:00 AM at the Church of the Epiphany at 5450 Churchwood Dr, Oak Park, CA 91377, with a lunch reception to follow at his son Rich’s home in Westlake Village, California.

Dick's work at San Diego is remembered in the annual Richard C. Pugh Lecture in Tax Law & Policy:

  • 2010:  Eric Solomon (Director of National Tax Practice, Ernst & Young)
  • 2011:  Carr Ferguson (San Diego/Davis Polk & Wardwell)  
  • 2013:  Stephen Shay (Harvard)
  • 2014:  Ed Kleinbard (USC)
  • 2015:  Michael Graetz (Columbia/Yale)

I was honored to get to know Dick during my eleven summers teaching at San Diego and to participate in the tribute to Dick published at the 2010 dedication of his lecture series.  I am reprinting below the spotlight profile of Dick I published in June 2004:

 

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December 10, 2015 in Legal Education, Obituaries, Tax | Permalink | Comments (1)

Monday, November 30, 2015

Death Of Louis Del Duca (Penn State)

Del DucaLongtime Penn State-Carlisle Tax Prof Louis Del Duca died over the Thanksgiving Holiday.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 12 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Carlisle.  For a tribute to Professor Del Duca, see Dedication: Louis F. Del Duca, Edward N. Polisher Distinguished Faculty Scholar, 117 Penn St. L. Rev. 1337 (2013):

On September 1, 1956, Louis F. Del Duca joined the faculty of the Dickinson School of Law. ... Fifty-seven years, eight Law School Deans, four Chief Justices, twenty-nine Associate Justices, and eleven Presidents later, Professor Del Duca is retiring. As the longest-serving faculty member in law school history, “the Duke” leaves behind several generations of students who studied under his tutelage. ...

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November 30, 2015 in Obituaries, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Death Of Matthew Rosen, Co-Head Of Skadden's Tax Practice

RosenNew York Times Obituary (Nov. 20, 2015):

The partners, attorneys and staff of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom mourn the passing of our partner and friend Matthew Rosen. A co-head of our tax practice, Matthew was a rare kind of lawyer -- one of the very finest tax practitioners of his generation and an unsurpassed mentor of the generations growing up under him. He led by example and will be remembered as always supporting new talent and the expansion of the practice into new spheres. Matthew joined our New York tax team in 1979 and, building upon the culture of camaraderie he inherited, enhanced the tightly knit group's reputation exponentially. Matthew handled every aspect of tax work and developed various types of financial instruments. He was repeatedly ranked among the top practitioners of his field.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

'Marty Was Always My Best Friend': Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Love Story

RBGJezebel, 'Marty Was Always My Best Friend': Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Love Story:

RBG told me, “Marty was always my best friend.”

That remarkable intimacy had survived Marty’s bout with cancer in law school, and RBG’s two diagnoses, a decade apart. Cancer had left them alone long enough to be together for the nearly sixty years they had been best friends. But it came back. In 2010, doctors said Marty had metastatic cancer.

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November 12, 2015 in Obituaries, Tax | Permalink | Comments (1)

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Death Of Robert Araujo: 'Goodbye, My Friends! See You Soon!'

AraujoFather Robert Araujo, S.J. (profile), John Courtney Murray, S.J. University Professor at Loyola-Chicago Law School, died on October 21 (obituary) after a long battle with cancer.  Father Araujo's farewell less than two months ago on our sister Mirror of Justice blog, Au Revoir, Mes Amis, Au Revoir [Goodbye, My Friends, Goodbye], is especially poignant now:

About three weeks ago, I was informed that my then current chemotherapy had failed. This latest treatment joined its twelve predecessors in the minus rather than the plus column. Failure is not always easy to accept, but with the grace of God it can be. I knew this day would come sooner or later, so, as best I could, I tried to prepare for it with careful thought and sober prayer. With the thought and prayer in place, I concluded that the doctors and I had given it our best to try and control a disease that would eventually be uncontainable. Although my doctors aggressively pursue cancer cure, they know that they must also care for the patient in other ways, one of which is to respect the patient’s informed wishes. This sometimes means that the patient is saying he has had enough treatment that the best medical science can provide, and it is now time for nature and God to take their respective courses. This conclusion that I have made and accepted is not my disposition and vocation alone; they belong to everyone, especially the Christian and those who believe in and pray to God. Miracles can and do happen, but I do not ask for one. As a consequence of my discernment, I am now in palliative/hospice care. This means I receive bi-weekly phereses and blood transfusions at Dana Farber; in addition to these two items, I receive pain management care at my Jesuit infirmary.

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October 25, 2015 in Legal Education, Obituaries | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tax Protester Irwin Schiff Dies In Prison At Age 87

Schiff 5New York Times, Irwin Schiff, Fervent Opponent of Federal Income Taxes, Dies at 87:

Irwin A. Schiff, who built a national following by arguing that income taxes are unconstitutional and spent more than 10 years in prison for evading them and for helping thousands of others to do the same, died on Friday at a hospital affiliated with a federal prison in Fort Worth. He was 87.

The cause was lung cancer, his son Andrew said.

At his death, Mr. Schiff was an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution, where he was serving his third prison term, a 14-year sentence handed down in 2005.

Mr. Schiff sold more than 250,000 copies of six self-published books, including How Anyone Can Stop Paying Income Taxes (1980), The Great Income Tax Hoax (1985) and The Federal Mafia: How the Federal Government Illegally Imposes and Unlawfully Collects Federal Income Taxes (1992).

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Columbia Memorial Service For Marvin Chirelstein

ChirelsteinColumbia Law School is holding a memorial service this Wednesday for the legendary Marvin Chirelstein, who died on February 16 at the age of 86.  From Dean Gillian Lester:

Please join me to celebrate the life and achievements of our beloved friend and colleague Marvin Chirelstein. The memorial will be held as follows:

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Time: 6 p.m. Location: Jerome Greene Hall, Room 104

A reception in Drapkin Lounge will immediately follow.

Please email Briana Florio if you plan to attend.

Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:

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September 27, 2015 in Legal Education, Obituaries, Tax, Tax Profs | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Death Of Law Prof Dennis Greene, Sha-Na-Na Co-Founder

Sha Na NaWHIO, Sha-Na-Na Co-founder Dennis Greene Was Beloved Law Professor:

Dennis Greene, law professor at the University of Dayton and former member of the band Sha-Na-Na, has died, university officials have confirmed.

Greene died Saturday after a brief illness, according to a statement from the university. He was 66.

Greene had taught at UD since 2001, specializing in constitutional and entertainment law.

As a founding member of the retro-rock group Sha-Na-Na, Greene performed at Woodstock in 1969 and was featured singing with the group in the movie Grease (1978).

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September 8, 2015 in Legal Education, Obituaries | Permalink | Comments (2)

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Dan Markel Deserves Justice

MarkelTallahassee Democrat editorial, Dan Markel Deserves Justice:

On Friday morning, July 18, 2014, an assailant, some speculate that it could have been a professional hit man, shot Florida State law professor Dan Markel as he sat in his car in his garage.

Markel’s murder represents a diminishment of our community on so many levels: as a father, educator, scholar, neighbor, congregant and human being. The loss is compounded by the frustration over the lack of progress in bringing his killer or killers to justice. All lives matter, but the need for justice in this case seems more urgent than ever. If this can happen to Dan Markel, then we are all vulnerable.

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July 18, 2015 in Legal Education, Obituaries | Permalink | Comments (7)

Monday, June 8, 2015

Death Of Len Terr

TerrLeonard B. Terr, a tax partner at Baker & McKenzie (Washington, D.C.), died last Tuesday at the age of 69.  Here part of the obituary in the Washington Post:

Len is survived by his wonderful family of which he was tremendously proud: his wife, Linda, his children, Jessica, Jeremy, Amanda and Ashley, and his two beautiful grandsons, Evan and Nate.

Len was born in Atlantic City, NJ, and grew up in Philadelphia where he graduated from LaSalle College in 1967. He went on to obtain his A.M. and Ph.D. from Brown University in 1968 and 1971 respectively. Before taking up law, he was an instructor in English at Brown University, and an assistant professor of English at Wayne State University and Elmira College. ... His poetry was published in numerous literary publications. Len consistently reflected in his daily life this diverse and deep background in the arts, and shared it with friends and colleagues through his charming wit and eloquence.

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June 8, 2015 in Obituaries, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Death of Chuck Davenport

DavenportNeil H. Buchanan (George Washington),  Charles Davenport, Rest In Peace:

Chuck Davenport died last week.  I admired him greatly.  Chuck was the senior tax law professor at Rutgers-Newark when I was on the entry-level market for legal academics.  When I visited Newark for my job talk, Chuck came to the small dinner the night that I arrived, and I immediately knew that I had met a kindred spirit.  It was clear that we were politically similar (for example, he positively compared my thinking with that of John Kenneth Galbraith -- a generous compliment that would turn anyone's head!), but that was not what really mattered.  Chuck was just so easy to like.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Death of Jerome Kurtz, Former IRS Commissioner

New York Times, Jerome Kurtz, 83, Dies; Headed I.R.S. in Carter Administration:

Jerome Kurtz, who as commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service during the Carter administration was known for cracking down on tax shelters and other tax advantages for the wealthy, died on Friday in Manhattan. He was 83. The cause was complications of surgery, his family said. ...

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Tax Profs Remember Marvin Chirelstein

ChirelsteinFollowing up my posts (here and here) on the February 16 death of Yale/Columbia tax legend Marvin Chirelstein: below the fold are remembrances of Marvin from these Tax Profs (and others):

  • Joe Bankman (Stanford)
  • Paul Caron (Pepperdine)
  • Bill Clinton (Former U.S. President)
  • Mark Cochran (St. Mary's)
  • Steve Cohen (Georgetown)
  • Cliff Fleming (BYU)
  • Will Foster (Arkansas-Fayetteville)
  • Michael Graetz (Columbia)
  • Calvin Johnson (Texas)
  • Richard Kaplan (Illinois)
  • Ed Kleinbard (USC)
  • Michael Knoll (Pennsylvania)
  • Al Lauber (Judge, U.S. Tax Court)
  • Michael Livingston (Rutgers-Camden)
  • Jim Maule (Villanova)
  • Philip Oliver (Arkansas-Little Rock)
  • Alex Raskolnikov (Columbia)
  • David Schizer (Columbia)
  • Dan Shaviro (NYU)
  • George Yin (Virginia)

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February 20, 2015 in Legal Education, Obituaries, Tax | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Death of Marvin Chirelstein

ChirelsteinColumbia Law School, Marvin A. Chirelstein: Revered Professor and Leading Scholar of Federal Taxation, Corporate Law, and Contracts:

Columbia Law School Professor Emeritus Marvin A. Chirelstein, a leading scholar of federal taxation, corporate law, and contracts whose textbooks are still used by students across the country, died on Feb. 16. He was 86.

Chirelstein first joined Columbia Law School in 1954 to work on the Federal Income Tax Project under Dean William C. Warren. He then joined the government as an attorney in the U.S. Department of the Treasury and later taught at Rutgers School of Law and Yale Law School. Chirelstein returned to Columbia Law School as a visiting professor in 1981 and became a full-time faculty member in 1984. Two years later, he was named the first Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, an appointment announced by then-Columbia University President Michael I. Sovern ’55.

In addition to being a highly sought after academic expert on taxation, contracts, and corporate law, Chirelstein was a beloved professor who once taught a seminar on the legal side of one of his favorite sports: boxing. A music lover who played the violin, he was known for his dry sense of humor and quiet wit and was adored by students. Two of his textbooks, Concepts and Case Analysis in the Law of Contracts and Federal Income Taxation: A Law Student’s Guide to the Leading Cases and Concepts, have guided generations of future lawyers through the complexities of the law. A third, Cases and Materials on Corporate Finance, opened the way to interdisciplinary analysis of corporate law.

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February 17, 2015 in Legal Education, Obituaries, Tax | Permalink | Comments (4)

Monday, February 2, 2015

Death of Robert Anthoine

RobertNew York Times Obituary:

Robert Anthoine --  renowned tax and arts law expert and enthusiastic supporter of the arts, died on January 23, 2015 after a brief illness.  ... He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1949 and returned there to teach in 1952. In 1963, he joined Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts as the head of its tax department. He continued to teach as an adjunct at Columbia for another three decades, and as a visiting professor at law schools around the world through his seventies. ... A memorial celebrating his life will be held in March in NYC on a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Aperture Foundation.

Bob was married to Tax Prof Rebecca Rudnick at the time of her tragic death in a boating accident in Papua New Guinea in 2001. (Hat Tip: Myron Grauer, Bill Streng.)

February 2, 2015 in Obituaries, Tax, Tax Profs | Permalink | Comments (3)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Death of Ginny Chung

Chung 2Ginny Chung, Acting Deputy International Tax Counsel at the Treasury Department, died of colon cancer last Saturday at the age of 43.  From her Washington Post obituary:

She earned her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College, her JD from Emory University, and a Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University. Ginny spent all of her professional life working for the United States Government, first for the IRS and most recently serving as the Acting Deputy International Tax Counsel for the Department of the Treasury. ...

Ginny is survived by her husband Aaron King; two children [ages 5 and 10]; her parents George and Grace Chung of New Jersey; and sister Christine Chung of London.

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November 12, 2014 in IRS News, Obituaries, Tax | Permalink | Comments (1)