Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Former W&L Dean Brant Hellwig To Lead NYU Graduate Tax Program

NYU Law News, Brant Hellwig LLM ’00 to Lead Graduate Tax Program:

HellwigBrant Hellwig LLM ’00 will join NYU Law on January 1, 2022 as professor of tax law and as the new faculty director of the Graduate Tax Program, Dean Trevor Morrison announced on October 1.

Hellwig arrives at NYU Law after serving as dean and professor at Washington & Lee School of Law, and two decades after he began his academic career at NYU Law as an acting assistant professor for tax law. “Brant returns to NYU Law with extensive knowledge of and passion for the Graduate Tax Program,” Morrison said in an email announcement. “Please join me in congratulating him and welcoming him back to the NYU Law community.”

An expert in the field of federal taxation, Hellwig has produced prolific scholarship on a wide range of topics, from the income tax consequences of deferred compensation arrangements to the treatment of family-owned holding companies under the federal estate tax. He recently co-authored two casebooks, one on partnership taxation in 2019 and one on business enterprise taxation in 2020, with Stephen Schwarz and Daniel J. Lathrope. In 2019, he also co-authored a casebook on estate and gift taxation with W&L Law colleague Robert Danforth. In 2015, commissioned by the United States Tax Court, he updated and expanded a seminal treatise on the court’s history and evolving jurisdiction.

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October 6, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Tax, Tax News, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink

Friday, September 24, 2021

Senate Votes 64-34 To Confirm Lily Batchelder (NYU) As Assistant Treasury Secretary For Tax Policy

Following up on my previous post:  The Hill, Senate Confirms Biden Nominee for Top Treasury Tax Position:

BatchelderThe Senate voted on Wednesday to confirm President Biden’s nominee Lily Batchelder to serve as assistant secretary for tax policy in the Treasury Department.

The upper chamber voted 64-34 to confirm Batchelder, a law professor at New York University and a former Obama administration official, on Wednesday afternoon.

In the key role, Batchelder will serve as senior advisor to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen for developing and implementing tax policy. She will oversee the Office of the Tax Legislative Counsel, the Office of the International Tax Counsel, the Office of the Benefits Tax Counsel, and the Office of Tax Analysis.

September 24, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Tax, Tax News, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Tax Prof Donald Tobin To Step Down After Seven Years As Maryland Dean

For the second time in a month, a Tax Prof is stepping down after a successful 7-year deanship:

TobinDonald B. Tobin, who has served as dean of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law since 2014, announced his decision to step down at the end of the 2021-2022 academic year and return to full-time teaching as a member of the Maryland Carey Law faculty.

“Serving as dean of Maryland Carey Law has been the greatest honor of my life,” says Tobin. “I will be forever grateful to this wonderful community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni who entrusted me with leading this fantastic law school over the past seven years.”

Beginning his tenure as dean in the wake of the Great Recession, Tobin is credited with uniting the law school community to achieve a full financial recovery while simultaneously expanding student opportunities and community engagement.

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September 16, 2021 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink

Monday, September 13, 2021

Russell Osgood Named Interim Dean At Washington University

Following up on my previous post, Dean (And Tax Prof) Nancy Staudt To Leave Washington University On Oct. 1 To Be Dean Of RAND Graduate SchoolRussell K. Osgood has been named Interim Dean (more here).

OsgoodAfter earning his B.A. and J.D. at Yale, Russell was a tax associate at Hill & Barlow in Boston (1974-1978). He then was a Tax Prof at Boston University (1978-1980) and Cornell (1980-1988) before becoming Dean at Cornell (1988-1998) and President of Grinnell College (1998-2010). Since 2010, Russell has been a Visiting Professor at Washington University.

Russell has had an enormous influence on two generations of Caron men. I had absolutely no interest in tax as a Cornell law student before taking Russell's federal income tax class. I took other courses from him, served as his teaching assistant and research assistant, and helped shepherd his tax article to publication as a law review editor (Ages and Themes of Income Taxation: Savings and Investment, 68 Cornell L. Rev. 521 (1983)). Like Russell, I became a tax lawyer in Boston, tax professor, and dean. At every step along the way, Russell provided invaluable guidance and helped convince various hiring committees to take a chance on me. As if that wasn't enough, my son Reed attended Grinnell College while Russell was President and gave me the opportunity to re-connect with him and thank him for all he had done for both my son and me.

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September 13, 2021 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Bird-Pollan Named Associate Dean For Academic Affairs At Kentucky

Professor Jennifer Bird-Pollan Named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs:

Bird-Pollan (2021)Jennifer Bird-Pollan, a tax law professor who joined the faculty in 2010, has been named associate dean of academic affairs for the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law. ...

“Jennifer is committed to our academic program, our students and faculty success,” UK Rosenberg Law Dean Mary J. Davis said. “She has a wealth of leadership experience in our college and across campus, and I look forward to working with her.”

Bird-Pollan serves as the Judge William T. Lafferty Professor of Law and teaches federal income tax, estate and gift tax, international tax, partnership tax, corporate tax, and a seminar in tax policy. Her research lies at the intersection of tax law and philosophy, specifically regarding the taxation of wealth transfers and issues of sovereignty in international taxation.

In 2017, Bird-Pollan won the law school’s Duncan Teaching Award, which is presented annually to a faculty member who has excelled in the classroom, courtesy of the Robert M. and Joanne K. Duncan Faculty Improvement Fund.

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September 2, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Tax, Tax News, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Is There Age Bias In Lateral Tax Faculty Hiring?

Brian Leiter recently asked:  Is the age bias in law school hiring a thing of the past?  He noted a shift in law school lateral faculty hiring in recent years:  "When I started in law teaching in the early 1990s, ... most lateral moves occurred 5-15 years into a teaching career, with lateral moves by faculty in their 50s, let alone 60s, almost unheard of, except for administrative appointments. Yet just in the last couple of years, we've seen multiple lateral moves to peer or stronger schools by faculty age 55 and older."  There similarly have been multiple lateral tax moves by faculty age 55 and older over the past decade:

Of the 47 lateral tax moves over the past decade, seven (17%) were 55 or older (Howard Abrams (Emory to San Diego), Neil Buchanan (George Washington to Florida), Karen Burke (San Diego to Florida), Paul Caron (Cincinnati to Pepperdine), David Hasen (Colorado to Florida), Marjorie Kornhauser (Tulane to Arizona State), Grayson McCouch (San Diego to Florida). and Richard Winchester (Thomas Jefferson to Seton Hall)). Four (Abrams, Buchanan, Burke, Kornhauser) were 60 or older. The average age of the 47 lateral moves was 45.

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June 23, 2021 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Jordan Barry Leaves San Diego For USC

Jordan Barry (San Diego; Google Scholar) has accepted a lateral offer from USC. (Ariel Jurow Kleiman also is leaving San Diego for Loyola-L.A.). Jordan's recent publications include:

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June 22, 2021 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Emily Satterthwaite Leaves Toronto For Georgetown

Emily Satterthwaite (Toronto) has accepted a lateral offer from Georgetown. Emily's recent publications include: 

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May 25, 2021 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Jake Brooks To Leave Georgetown For Fordham

John R. Brooks (Georgetown) has accepted a lateral offer from Fordham to begin in Fall 2022. Jake's recent publications include:

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May 11, 2021 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink

Friday, March 19, 2021

Tax Prof Diane Ring Named Interim Dean At Boston College

BC Law, Diane Ring Named Interim Dean:

Ring (2021)Diane Ring, the Associate Dean of Faculty at BC Law, will step into the role of Interim Dean of Boston College Law School on July 1, upon the departure of Vincent Rougeau, who is leaving after ten years at the helm of the Law School to assume the presidency of the College of the Holy Cross.

“Diane has been a valued member of our community for over fifteen years, as well as a member of my associate dean leadership team for the past three years,” said Dean Rougeau. “She also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2010-2012, and in that role she was invaluable to me in my own transition when I was hired as dean in 2011.”

Ring will work closely with BC Law’s senior leadership over the next few months to ensure a smooth transition. “She is talented and accomplished,” Rougeau continued, “and I know this school will be in extremely capable hands as the Provost proceeds with the search process for a permanent replacement.”

In addition to her academic administration skills, Ring is a respected leader and scholar in the field of international taxation, corporate taxation, and ethical issues in tax practice at BC Law. Her recent work addresses issues including information exchange, tax leaks, international tax relations, sharing economy and human equity transactions, and ethics in international tax.

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March 19, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Tax, Tax News, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink

Friday, March 12, 2021

President Biden Nominates Lily Batchelder To Be Assistant Treasury Secretary For Tax Policy: 'A Terrific Choice'

White House Press Release, President Biden Announces Intent to Nominate Key Roles for the Department of Treasury:

BatchelderAssistant Secretary for Tax Policy – Lily Batchelder
Lily Batchelder is the Robert C. Kopple Family Professor of Taxation at NYU School of Law and an affiliated professor at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service. From 2014 to 2015, she served as Deputy Director of the White House National Economic Council and Deputy Assistant to the President under President Obama. There, she was responsible for tax and budget issues, including tax reform, retirement policy, and low-income benefits. From 2010 to 2014, she served as Majority Chief Tax Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, where she led Chairman Baucus’s work on tax issues, including tax reform and the fiscal cliffs. Batchelder’s scholarship and teaching focus on personal income taxes, wealth transfer taxes, business tax reform, retirement savings, social insurance, and the effects of fiscal policy on economic insecurity, income disparities, and intergenerational mobility. Before joining NYU in 2005, Batchelder was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, director of community affairs for a New York state senator, and a client advocate for a small social services organization in Ocean Hill-Brownsville, Brooklyn.

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March 12, 2021 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink

Friday, February 12, 2021

Ariel Jurow Kleiman Leaves San Diego For Loyola-L.A.

Kleiman (2020)Ariel Jurow Kleiman (San Diego; Google Scholar) has accepted a lateral offer to join the Loyola-L.A. faculty. After graduating from Yale Law School (where she was Michael Graetz's research assistant) in 2014, she was a Skadden Fellow and Founding Director of Bet Tzedek Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic in Los Angeles (2014-16) and Acting Assistant Professor of Tax Law at NYU (2016-18) before joining the San Diego faculty in 2018. Her recent publications include:

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February 12, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Reactions To Tax Prof Appointments To Biden's Treasury Department

Following up on Wednesday's posts:

Revolving Door Project, Biden's Newest Treasury Tax Appointees Delight and Disappoint:

Some mixed news for progressive tax enthusiasts: Joe Biden’s administration has chosen both a committed progressive tax advocate and a Republican career expert in corporate tax avoidance for its first two appointees to the Treasury’s Office of Tax Policy. We’re now in a strange situation where experts who testified on opposite sides of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will now serve shoulder-to-shoulder.

On Monday, Kimberly Clausing, the Eric M. Zolt Chair in Tax Law and Policy at UCLA Law, was sworn in as the Office’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Analysis.

Clausing’s appointment is an undeniable win for progressives. Clausing is a renowned expert in international corporate taxation and has long been a proponent of reforming tax laws to prevent base erosion — the practice in which businesses reduce the tax base by lowering their domestic corporate profits — and profit-shifting overseas. During the 2017 debates over tax reform, Clausing testified before Congress on the need for more progressive taxation and preserving corporate income tax rates above those on individual income. At Treasury, Clausing will undoubtedly continue to reliably support tax reforms to capture missed revenue due to corporate tax avoidance strategies. ...

In a more confounding move, the Biden Treasury Department also added Itai Grinberg to its ranks as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multilateral Tax in the Office of Tax Policy. 

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February 6, 2021 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax News, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) Joins Treasury Department As Counselor To The Assistant Secretary, Office Of Tax Policy

Treasury Department Press Release:

Kysar (2018)Rebecca M. Kysar [Google Scholar] has been a Professor of Law at Fordham University since 2018, where her academic research focuses on tax policy, international tax, and the tax legislative and budget processes. Most recently, she served on the Biden-Harris Presidential Transition as an ad hoc advisor to the tax policy and Treasury agency review teams. Rebecca has testified before the U.S. Congress on international tax and tax regulatory matters. Prior to joining Fordham, Rebecca was on the faculty at Brooklyn Law School for nine years and served as the James S. Carpentier Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. Before entering academia, she worked as a tax associate at Cravath, Swaine, & Moore, where she advised on tax issues related to restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, and other complex transactions. She also clerked for the Honorable Richard J. Cardamone on the U.S Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.

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February 3, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Tax, Tax News, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink

Itai Grinberg (Georgetown) Joins Treasury Department As Deputy Assistant Secretary For Multilateral Tax Office Of Tax Policy

Treasury Department Press Release:

GrinbergItai Grinberg is returning to the Treasury Department after spending ten years as a Professor of Law at Georgetown University. Since leaving the Treasury Department, his academic research has focused on international tax policy matters and the intersection of international tax law, international trade law, public international law, and international financial regulation. While in academia Grinberg also served as an outside international tax advisor to various multilateral institutions, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Asian Development Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank. Grinberg previously served at the Treasury Department in the Office of the International Tax Counsel in the Bush-Cheney and Obama-Biden Administrations. Prior to that, he practiced law in the tax group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. In 2005, Grinberg served as Counsel to the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform, a bipartisan presidential advisory commission that proposed fundamental tax reforms for the United States.

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February 3, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Tax, Tax News, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink

Kim Clausing (UCLA) Joins Treasury Department As Deputy Assistant Secretary For Tax Analysis, Office Of Tax Policy

Update: Treasury Department Press Release
UCLA Press Release, Clausing Joins Treasury Department as a Deputy Assistant Secretary:

Clausing (2021)UCLA School of Law Professor Kimberly Clausing [Google Scholar] has joined the Biden administration as a deputy assistant secretary at the treasury department.

Clausing will focus on tax analysis and policy, lead the Office of Tax Analysis and work to further tax policy development. Her efforts under the leadership of Janet Yellen — the first woman ever to serve as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury — are expected to include promoting recovery and relief during the pandemic, addressing climate change and working to address societal inequities.

The Eric M. Zolt Professor of Tax Law and Policy at UCLA Law, Clausing joined the law school in January and teaches U.S. International Taxation. Her research studies the taxation of multinational firms, examining how government decisions and corporate behavior interplay in an increasingly global world economy. She has published numerous articles in this area, and she wrote the book Open: The Progressive Case for Free Trade, Immigration, and Global Capital (Harvard University Press, 2019).

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February 3, 2021 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Tax, Tax News, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

UNC Professor Patricia Bryan Eases Into Retirement

Professor Patricia Bryan Eases Into Retirement:

Bryan UNC 3As Professor Patricia Bryan eases into her retirement, we wanted to look back on her illustrious career.

Bryan joined the Carolina Law faculty in 1982 and serves as the Henry P. Brandis Distinguished Professor of Law. Her teaching and research interests include tax and law and literature. She is the author of Midnight Assassin: A Murder in America’s Heartland (Algonquin 2005, University of Iowa 2007) and the co-editor of Her America: "A Jury of Her Peers" and other Stories, a collection of stories by Susan Glaspell. Bryan has written and spoken extensively about Glaspell’s work. She has also done historical research into several criminal cases from the 19th century and has published articles about them in the Stanford Law Review and the Annals of Iowa. Most recently, she has researched and written about the federal tax exemption and public financing for sports stadiums.

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November 25, 2020 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Tax, Tax News, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 26, 2020

Tax Prof Michelle Drumbl Named Interim Dean At Washington & Lee (Succeeding Tax Prof Brant Hellwig)

Michelle Lyon Drumbl Appointed Interim Dean of the Washington and Lee School of Law:

Drumbl (2020)Michelle Lyon Drumbl, Robert O. Bentley Professor of Law and director of the Tax Clinic at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, has been appointed to a one-year term as interim dean of the law school effective July 1, 2021.

Drumbl succeeds Brant Hellwig, who has served as dean since 2015 and recently announced his intention to step down at the end of the current academic year.

W&L President William C. Dudley and Interim Provost Elizabeth Goad Oliver announced Drumbl’s appointment, noting that a national search for a new law dean will take place during the 2021-22 academic year.

“I am pleased that Michelle has agreed to serve in this critical role,” said Dudley. “Her clinical and teaching experience and wide-ranging service to the university will be invaluable in her leadership of the law school during this time of transition. I look forward to working with her next year as we search for our next law dean.”

Drumbl joined the law school faculty in 2007. She holds a B.A. in political science from Emory University, a J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law, and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law.

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October 26, 2020 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Tax, Tax News, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Eleanor Wilking Joins Cornell Tax Faculty

WilkingEleanor Wilking (personal website)
Assistant Professor of Law
Eleanor Wilking studies the intersection of tax policy and employment law through the lens of law and economics. Her research interests include tax administration, particularly questions concerning individual income and consumption tax structuring, distribution, and compliance. Her current research focuses on tax compliance questions raised by the proliferation of digital platform firms and accompanying changes in self-employment earnings of independent contractors. She received her J.D. (2015) and Ph.D. in Economics (2018) from the University of Michigan.

Prior to joining the faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2020, Eleanor was an Acting Assistant Professor of Tax at NYU Law.

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October 13, 2020 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Michelle Drumbl Named Bentley Professor Of Law At Washington & Lee

Michelle L. Drumbl has been named Robert O. Bentley Professor of Law at Washington & Lee:

Drumbl (2020)Professor Drumbl's scholarship focuses on the intersection of low-income taxpayers and fiscal policy, exploring such issues as filing status, innocent spouse relief, and return preparer fraud. Her book, Tax Credits for the Working Poor: A Call for Reform (Cambridge University Press, 2019) identifies shortcomings in how the United States delivers social benefits through its tax system and gazes elsewhere — to programs abroad — to reimagine possibilities for improving administration of the earned income tax credit and bolstering the credit's effectiveness.

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October 1, 2020 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Tax, Tax News, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Kristin Hickman Named McKnight Presidential Endowed Professor At University Of Minnesota

Professor Hickman Named a McKnight Presidential Professor:

Hickman (2020)Professor Kristin Hickman has been named a McKnight Presidential Professor.

The McKnight Presidential Endowed Professorship program at the University “is one of the highest honors for faculty and recognizes highly distinguished, world-class scholars. In recognition of their excellence, the names of all McKnight Presidential Professors are engraved on monuments that line our Scholars Walk.” Recipients are chosen based on their academic and research accomplishments and their contributions to advancing the University among its peers.

Hickman, who joined the Law School in 2004, is a leading authority in the fields of tax administration and administrative law. Her articles on these topics have appeared in the Columbia Law ReviewCornell Law Review, and Duke Law Journal, among other publications.

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September 17, 2020 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax News, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Tax Prof Moves, 2016-20

After a four year hiatus from compiling an annual list of career moves by Tax Professors (see links below for 2004-05 to 2015-16), here is a list of (1) visiting assistant professor hires; (2) entry-level hires; (3) lateral moves; (4) promotions, tenures, chairs, and professorships; (5) administrative appointments: (6) visits; and (7) retirements involving tax professors in 2016-2020. (Email me any omissions.) 

VAP Hires

  • Jeremy Bearer-Friend (Tax Counsel, Office of Sen. Elizabeth Warren) to NYU (2017)
  • Jonathan Choi (Wachtell, Lipon, Rosen & Katz, New York) to NYU (2018)
  • Edward Fox to NYU (2017)
  • Gaga Rachel Gondwe (Skadden) to NYU (2020)
  • Jonathan Grossberg (Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Philadelphia) to American (2016)
  • Ariel Jurow Kleiman to NYU (2016)
  • Orli Oren-Kolbinger (Michigan Grotius Research Scholar, Michigan) to Villanova (2017)
  • Jeesoo Nam (Latham & Watkins LLP, Los Angeles) to NYU (2019)
  • Tracey Roberts (VAP, UC-Hastings) to Cumberland (2016)
  • Kyle Rozema (Fellow, Northwestern) to Chicago (2017)
  • Blaine Saito (U.S. Department of Justice) to Harvard (2018)

Entry Level Hires

Lateral Moves

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August 19, 2020 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Adam Chodorow Named Vice Dean At Arizona State

ASU Law Announces New Leadership Positions:

Arizona State Logo (2016)The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University has announced the following new appointments and expanded roles on its leadership team.

Adam Chodorow is now vice dean, taking on broader responsibilities in the external relations of the school, in addition to continuing to serve as the Jack E. Brown Professor of Law.

August 12, 2020 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Tax, Tax News, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Stephanie Hoffer Leaves Ohio State For Tax Chair At Indiana-McKinney

Stephanie Hoffer is leaving Ohio State to be Lawrence A. Jegen III Chair in Tax Law at Indiana University McKinney School of Law. Stephanie's recent publications include:

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June 3, 2020 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Jonathan Choi To Join Minnesota Tax Faculty

ChoiJonathan Choi, a Fellow at NYU, has accepted a tenure-track tax position at Minnesota beginning in August. He graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 2011, with a triple major in Computer Science, Economics, and Philosophy, and from Yale Law School in 2014, where he was Executive Bluebook Editor of the Yale Law Journal and founding Co-Director of the Yale Journal on Regulation Online. Jonathan practiced tax law at Wachtell in 2014-18. His recent publications include:

May 26, 2020 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Tax, Tax News, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (1)

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

George Washington To Host Program Celebrating George Yin's Career

Program Celebrating the Distinguished Career of George K. Yin, Edwin S. Cohen Professor of Law and Taxation Emeritus, UVA:

Yin (2015)Please join us on Friday, March 13th, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Conference Center at the George Washington University Law School for luncheon and a Program celebrating the distinguished career of our colleague, George K. Yin, Edwin S. Cohen Professor of Law and Taxation Emeritus (UVA) and illustrious graduate of the George Washington University Law School. Luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by the Program at noon.

The Program will begin with remarks by Professor Yin, followed by others.

If you will be able to attend the luncheon and Program, please RSVP to Ms. Prerna BalaEddy. The Program will be held at the GW Law Student Conference Center, located at Lisner Hall, 2d floor, 2023 F St NW, Washington, DC 20052. If you have any questions, please refer them to Karen Brown. We hope to see you at the Program!

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Tennessee's Four Dean Finalists Include Kansas Dean (And Tax Prof) Stephen Mazza


University of Tennessee, College of Law Announces Dean Candidates:

Professor Joan Heminway (Feb. 24)
University of Tennessee College of Law

Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion Susan Kuo (Feb. 26)
University of South Carolina School of Law 

Dean Stephen Mazza (Feb. 27)
University of Kansas College of Law

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February 16, 2020 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Tax, Tax News, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, February 14, 2020

Samantha Galvin Named Director Of Denver Tax Clinic

Professor Samantha Galvin Named Director of Low Income Taxpayer Clinic:

GalvinThe University of Denver Sturm College of Law announced Samantha Galvin, associate professor of the practice of taxation, as the new director of University of Denver Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC).

Professor Galvin joined the Denver Law faculty in 2013, having previously received her JD and LLM in Taxation from the University of Denver, clerked on the U.S. Tax Court and worked as an associate at an employee-benefits and executive-compensation consulting firm. In addition to teaching the Graduate Tax Program, she currently writes for a prominent blog, Procedurally Taxing, that addresses developments in the U.S. Tax Court.

Galvin also served as assistant director of LITC, working closely with students and clients, prior to taking the director role. “Serving as director is just an amazing opportunity, and I’m thrilled the university believed in me to fill this role. I’m excited for the challenge,” Galvin said.

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February 14, 2020 in Tax, Tax News, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, January 31, 2020

Richard Winchester Leaves Thomas Jefferson For Seton Hall

Richard Winchester (Thomas Jefferson) has accepted a lateral tenured offer from Seton Hall. His recent scholarship includes:

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January 31, 2020 in Tax, Tax News, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Goldburn Maynard Leaves Louisville Law School For Indiana Business School

Monday, January 6, 2020

Pepperdine Welcomes Visiting Professors Mike Paulsen And Bobby Dexter

Pepperdine Caruso School of Law is thrilled to have Mike Paulsen (St. Thomas) and Bobby Dexter (Chapman) with us this semester as visiting professors.

Mike is our Straus Distinguished Visiting Professor this semester (following Dorothy Brown (Emory), who was our Straus Distinguished Visiting Professor last Spring). Mike will be teaching Constitutional Structure and a Constitutional Law Seminar. His most recent publication is To End a (Republican) Presidency, 132 Harv. L. Rev. 689 (2018).

Bobby will be teaching Federal Income Taxation of Individuals and Federal Income Taxation of Business Entities. His most recent publication is Federal Income Taxation In Focus (Aspen/Wolters Kluwer Law & Business) (2018).


January 6, 2020 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Pepperdine Legal Ed, Tax, Tax News, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Tax Prof Mildred Robinson, UVA's First Black Female Faculty Member, To Retire


Professor Mildred Robinson Set To Retire:

Professor Mildred Robinson, a groundbreaking tax law instructor whose scholarship and community service have emphasized equity, will teach her last class at the University of Virginia School of Law at the end of this semester. She will retire this spring after almost 35 years on the faculty.

Robinson was UVA Law’s first African American female tenured professor. She was hired with tenure in 1985 from Florida State University.

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December 5, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Tax, Tax News, Tax Prof Moves, Tax Profs, Teaching | Permalink | Comments (2)

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Clausing Leaves Reed College For UCLA Law School

Kimberly Clausing, Thormund A. Miller and Walter Mintz Professor of Economics at Reed College, has accepted an offer to join the faculty at UCLA Law School. Her most recent publication is Open: The Progressive Case for Free Trade, Immigration, and Global Capital (Harvard University Press 2019):

Clausing (2017)With the winds of trade war blowing as they have not done in decades, and Left and Right flirting with protectionism, a leading economist forcefully shows how a free and open economy is still the best way to advance the interests of working Americans.

Globalization has a bad name. Critics on the left have long attacked it for exploiting the poor and undermining labor. Today, the Right challenges globalization for tilting the field against advanced economies. Kimberly Clausing faces down the critics from both sides, demonstrating in this vivid and compelling account that open economies are a force for good, not least in helping the most vulnerable.

A leading authority on corporate taxation and an advocate of a more equal economy, Clausing agrees that Americans, especially those with middle and lower incomes, face stark economic challenges. But these problems do not require us to retreat from the global economy. On the contrary, she shows, an open economy overwhelmingly helps. International trade makes countries richer, raises living standards, benefits consumers, and brings nations together.

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Jeremy Bearer-Friend Joins George Washington Tax Faculty

Jeremy Bearer-Friend, Associate Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School:

BearerFriendJeremy Bearer-Friend joined GW Law after serving as Acting Assistant Professor of Tax Law at NYU, where he taught courses on federal estate and gift tax, tax procedure, and tax policy. Prior to academia, Professor Bearer-Friend was Tax Counsel to Senator Elizabeth Warren, leading the Senator’s work on a wide range of tax matters, including tax filing simplification, international tax reform, and the tax treatment of student loan discharges. Professor Bearer-Friend was also an associate with DC tax boutique Ivins, Phillips & Barker, where he advised clients on federal income tax, estate and gift tax, and employee benefits issues.

Professor Jeremy Bearer-Friend's research views taxpaying as a civic act that shapes a citizen's relationship to government. His scholarship examines the omission of race and ethnicity from tax data collection and tax data analysis, the use of administrative discretion to shape the civic features of taxpaying, and the potential of elective in-kind contributions to government in lieu of, or in tandem with, cash payments. Professor Bearer-Friend also writes on the taxation of business entities. His work in this area examines the asymmetric design of federal tax remittance for wages relative to business income, M&A tax incentives that encourage monopolies, and the use of political indicators to measure the incidence of the corporate tax.

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August 23, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Tax, Tax News, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (1)

Monday, June 24, 2019

Tsilly Dagan Leaves Bar-Ilan For Oxford

DaganTsilly Dagan appointed to the Professorship of Taxation Law:

Tsilly Dagan, LLB JSD Tel-Aviv, LLM New York, Raoul Wallenberg Professor of Law at Bar-Ilan University, has been appointed to the Professorship of Taxation Law in the Law Faculty. Professor Dagan will take up the post with effect from 23 September 2019.

Professor Dagan’s main fields of research and teaching are tax law and policy (both domestic and international) and the interaction of the state and the market. She has taught and researched as a scholar in residence at the University of Michigan, University of Western Ontario, and the University of Columbia, and was a member of the Group on Global Justice at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Jerusalem. At Bar-Ilan Professor Dagan served as Editor-in-Chief of the law review and Associate Dean for Research. Her book International Tax Policy: Between Competition and Cooperation (Cambridge University Press) is the winner of the 2017 Frans Vanistendael Award for International Tax Law.

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June 24, 2019 in Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Khrista McCarden Awarded Tenure At Tulane

McCarden (2019)Tulane University News, Law Prof. McCarden Awarded Tenure:

Khrista McCarden, Tulane’s Hoffman Fuller Associate Professor of Tax Law, has been awarded tenure, Law Dean David Meyer announced.

“Since joining the Tulane Law School faculty last year from Pepperdine School of Law, Khrista McCarden has continued to build a national reputation as a thoughtful and creative scholar of tax law and policy, won the praise and appreciation of students for her teaching, and actively jumped in to serve the law school community on multiple fronts, ranging from help with planning the Tulane Tax Institute to advising several student organizations,” Meyer said.

McCarden earned both her B.A. and J.D. from Harvard University with honors. She began her legal career with Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles and has practiced tax law internationally. During her first two years of practice, she was selected as a Washington, D.C. delegate by the State Bar of California and the Los Angeles County Bar Association Taxation section.  She later clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City.  Prior to joining the faculty of Pepperdine, McCarden practiced tax law in Paris and in London with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. 

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June 11, 2019 in Legal Ed News, Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, May 13, 2019

Kristin Hickman Completes One-Year Stint In The White House As Special Adviser To OMB

Hickman (2017)Bloomberg Law, Tax Scholar Leaves White House Regulatory Review Office:

Kristin Hickman is no longer working with the White House’s Office of Management and Budget after being hired last year to strengthen its tax expertise.

Hickman, a law professor at the University of Minnesota who specializes in tax administration and administrative law, confirmed in an email to Bloomberg Tax that she wrapped up her time at OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in April. OIRA announced around the same time last year that it had selected Hickman to serve as a special adviser.

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May 13, 2019 in Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Dorothy Brown: Goodbye, But Not Farewell


Dorothy Brown headed back to Emory yesterday after completing her stint at Pepperdine as our Straus Distinguished Visiting Professor. She left behind one old friend and countless new ones. She regaled our students in Federal Income Tax and Tax Policy, which she co-taught (cough) with a frazzled dean. I will have three lasting memories of Dorothy's time here: (1) the great tax workshop series we put together, with seven outstanding speakers and wonderful post-presentation lunches; (2) the wonderful Critical Tax Conference we co-hosted, particularly Dorothy's fiery keynote address, The Life of a Tax Crit: When Keeping It Real Can Go Really Really Wrong; and (3) most importantly, the relationships Dorothy developed in her four months here, particularly with the students and staff (perhaps never before has a Straus Distinguished Visiting Professor (certainly not me) taken several staff people out for meals and given them gifts on her departure). We hope Dorothy will be back in Malibu in the future, initially as part of our Spring 2020 tax workshop series.

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April 24, 2019 in Legal Education, Pepperdine Legal Ed, Pepperdine Tax, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Kyle Rozema To Join Washington University Tax Faculty

RozemaKyle Rozema (Wachtell Lipton Fellow in Behavioral Law and Economics, Chicago) has accepted a tenure-track tax position at Washington University, beginning in August 2019:

Kyle Rozema’s research interests are in how legal rules affect economic inequality, disparate outcomes, and discrimination. To study these questions, he uses a range of empirical methods, collaborates across disciplines, and collects original data. His main research interests are in tax law and policy. Kyle's tax research explores the distributional consequences of taxes and the interactions between tax laws and other public policies. Much of his tax research to date seeks to understand the extent to which the distributional consequences of tax laws are more nuanced than conventional wisdom would suggest. Beyond tax law, Kyle conducts empirical research on bias and discrimination in the law in general, largely focusing on the manners in which discrimination can affect employment patterns in law-related professions.

Kyle's recent publications include:

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April 23, 2019 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

George Yin To Retire After 25 Years At Virginia

Yin (2015)Professor George Yin Retiring After 25 Years:

When does a seasoned tax expert decide to retire? At age 70½, of course.

That’s when beneficiaries of retirement plans usually have to start taking distributions — and the age University of Virginia School of Law professor George Yin will be this year. Yin will retire at the end of the spring semester

“The Law School has been really wonderful to me,” Yin said. “It just seemed to me that I should think of it as I’ve had my shot and it’s time to pass it on to somebody else.”

Yin, who began teaching at UVA Law in 1994 after visiting from the University of Florida College of Law, is a noted public servant. From 2003-05, he took leave to serve as chief of staff of the U.S. Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation, one of the most influential tax positions in the country. ...

Yin is retiring at the top of his game as an influential voice in tax policy. He’s become the leading expert on the legal issues involved in the release of the president’s tax returns, and congressional power to acquire and release returns in general.

Professor Jon Cannon, a longtime colleague who has also served in government (including as general counsel to the Environmental Protection Agency), said Yin’s approach to academia has been a template he has emulated.

“George has been a wonderful mentor, colleague and friend ever since I came to the Law School some 20 years ago,” Cannon said. “He combines a practical sense of what’s important with a scholar’s commitment to finding — and saying — the truth. He is unfailingly generous and kind. There could not have been a better model.”

Yin became interested in tax law after taking an introductory tax class in the first semester of his second year at George Washington University Law School.

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April 16, 2019 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Neil Buchanan Leaves George Washington For Florida

Buchanan (2019)Neil Buchanan Joins UF Law Faculty (Apr. 9, 2019):

The University of Florida Levin College of Law is pleased to announce that Neil H. Buchanan will join the faculty as a Professor of Law and the James J. Freeland Eminent Scholar Chair in Taxation. Professor Buchanan currently serves as a Professor of Law at The George Washington University and the Smith Freehills Visitor to the Faculty of Law in the University of Cambridge.

Professor Buchanan is nationally and internationally known for his groundbreaking work on intergenerational tax equity. His work has appeared in Cornell Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Virginia Tax Review, and George Washington Law Review, among others.

In addition to his scholarship concerning tax law and policy, Professor Buchanan regularly contributes to public debates surrounding federal tax and spending policies.

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April 10, 2019 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Charlene Luke Named Associate Dean For Tax Programs At Florida

Luke (2018)University of Florida Press Release:

Dean Laura Rosenbury is very happy to announce that Professor Charlene Luke has agreed to serve as the Associate Dean for Tax Programs at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. In this role, Dean Luke will work with Professor Fred Murray, Director of the Graduate Tax Program, and Professor Mindy Herzfeld, Director of the International Tax Program.

Dean Luke joined the University of Florida in 2008 and currently serves as a UF Research Foundation Professor (2017–2020). She became the editor-in-chief of the Florida Tax Review in 2016.

Dean Luke’s research primarily focuses on the problem of tax avoidance and evasion and has appeared in the Virginia Tax Review, Tax Lawyer, Buffalo Law Review, Hofstra Law Review, Seattle University Law Review, and Connecticut Insurance Law Journal. She also recently became a co-author of the McDaniel, McMahon, and Simmons’s series of business entity taxation casebooks, as well as Repetti and Lyons’s Partnership Income Taxation (Concepts and Insights) (6th ed. 2018).

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August 26, 2018 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, April 23, 2018

Michelle Layser To Join Illinois Tax Faculty

LayserMichelle D. Layser (Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown) has accepted a tenure-track tax position at Illinois, beginning in August 2018:

Professor Layser is currently a Research Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center, where she teaches a course on social justice and taxation. Professor Layser's legal scholarship focuses on the intersection of tax law and social policy, touching on such diverse issues as housing and segregation, unequal taxation of same-sex families, the potential role of non-profits in supporting news production, and tax incentives for investment in clean energy technologies. Her most recent paper is forthcoming in 2018 in the Indiana Law Journal (How Federal Tax Law Rewards Housing Segregation). She has also published three articles in the flagship law reviews at Missouri (Improving Tax Incentives for Wind Energy Production: The Case for a Refundable Production Tax Credit), Utah (The Quest to Save Journalism: A Legal Analysis of New Models for Newspapers from Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Organizations to L3Cs), and Hawaii (Tax Justice and Same-Sex Domestic Partner Health Benefits: An Analysis of the Tax Equity for Health Plan Beneficiaries Act).

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April 23, 2018 in Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Phil Hackney Leaves LSU For Pittsburgh

HackneyPhilip Hackney, James E. and Betty M. Phillips Professor of Law at LSU, will join the Pittsburgh tax faculty in Fall 2018:

Phil Hackney joins Pitt Law from the Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where he has been a member of the faculty since 2011. Hackney’s scholarship focuses on the law that governs the nonprofit tax-exempt sector of the economy, such as charities, social welfare organizations, labor unions, and trade associations. In addition to his scholarly work, he has been published in the Washington PostThe New Republic, and Salon. He is frequently quoted in the press as a national expert on nonprofit organizations.

Hackney is deeply engaged in law reform efforts. He served as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Independent Sector to update its Ethics and Principles of Good Governance for Nonprofit Organizations in 2014. In Louisiana, he served as a member of the Louisiana Tax Institute, a state board created to aid the state in improving its tax system. He also served as a member of the Corporations Committee of the Louisiana Law Institute to revise the limited liability company statute of Louisiana. He is an author of a treatise on Limited Liability Companies in Louisiana.

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April 19, 2018 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (1)

Monday, April 16, 2018

Ariel Stevenson, NYU VAP, To Join San Diego Tax Faculty

StevensonAriel Jurow Stevenson (Acting Assistant Professor of Tax Law, NYU) has accepted a tenure-track position at San Diego, beginning in August 2018.

  • JD 2014, Yale
  • MSc (Economic Development) 2008, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • BA (Economics & International Development Studies) 2007, UCLA

Before joining NYU, Ariel received a Skadden Fellowship to work at Bet Tzedek Legal Services in Los Angeles, where she founded and directed a program that provides tax legal services to low-income and immigrant workers. She represented low-income clients in state and federal tax controversies, and regularly served as an advisor on tax issues for public interest attorneys throughout California.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Chris Pietruszkiewicz Named President Of University Of Evansville

Stetson Law School Dean (and Tax Prof) Chris Pietruszkiewicz has been named President of Evansville University:

The University of Evansville has appointed Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz (petra-skev-ich) as the 24th president of the institution.

Pietruszkiewicz, who currently serves as dean and professor of law at Stetson University’s College of Law, was chosen for the position after an exhaustive nationwide search. The presidential search committee was led by UE trustee Sally Rideout, and the Board of Trustees elected Pietruszkiewicz in a formal vote on March 28.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Vic Fleischer Leaves San Diego For UC-Irvine

Fleischer (2018)Leading Tax Scholar and Teacher Victor Fleischer Joins UCI Law Faculty:

Fleischer will join tax faculty Omri Marian and Josh Blank at UCI Law

UCI Law is pleased to announce the appointment of renowned tax expert Victor Fleischer to its faculty as professor of law. Fleischer joins UCI Law from University of San Diego School of Law, where he currently is a professor of tax law and director of tax programs.

"We are delighted to have Vic join our preeminent faculty and further enhance our robust tax program," said UCI Law Dean L. Song Richardson.

"UCI has an amazing, diverse, talented, and energetic faculty," said Fleischer. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for me and I’m delighted to join the team.”

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March 12, 2018 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (1)

Monday, February 5, 2018

Leigh Osofsky Leaves Miami For North Carolina

Osofsky (2016)Tax Law Expert Leigh Osofsky Joins UNC School of Law Faculty:

UNC School of Law is pleased to welcome Leigh Osofsky as a tax law professor. Osofsky joins the Carolina Law faculty from the University of Miami School of Law, where she has taught courses addressing various aspects of taxation and policy for the last seven years. Before joining the University of Miami faculty, Osofsky was an acting assistant professor of tax law at New York University from 2009 to 2011.

“We are thrilled to have Leigh join our faculty this summer,” says Kathleen DeLaney Thomas, assistant professor of law and director of the UNC School of Law Tax Institute. “Leigh is a well-respected and accomplished tax scholar, as well as a committed and effective teacher. We’re also excited that she will help us expand our tax law course offerings at the law school and will be a great resource for our students.”

Leigh's recent publications include:

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Dorothy Brown Named Straus Distinguished Visiting Professor At Pepperdine Law School

Brown (Dorothy) (2015)Dorothy Brown, Professor of Law at Emory Law School, has been named Pepperdine Law School's Straus Distinguished Visiting Professor for Spring 2019.

Dorothy is the nation's leading critical tax scholar examining race, class, and gender implications of tax policy. Last month, she secured a deal with Crown Publishing Group (a subsidiary of Random House) for a book on The Whiteness of Wealth, which will "investigate how American tax policy enriches white families at the expense of black families in many spheres, including housing, education, investing, and marriage." The book will draw on Dorothy's prior work, including:

Dorothy is the co-author of a leading federal income tax casebook, Federal Income Taxation: Cases, Problems, and Materials (West 6th ed. 2016). She has won seven teaching awards over the course of her career. 

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January 24, 2018 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (1)

Friday, January 19, 2018

Rebecca Kysar Leaves Brooklyn For Fordham

KysarAfter visiting at Fordham last semester, Rebecca Kysar (Brooklyn) is joining the tenured faculty in the fall.  Rebecca's publications include:


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January 19, 2018 in Legal Education, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Prof Moves | Permalink | Comments (1)