Featured Participants


James AlmJames Alm, Tulane University

James Alm is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Tulane University, where he was Chair of the Department of Economics. Before moving to Tulane, he was Regents Professor in the Department of Economics at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, where he also served as Chair of the Department and Dean of the School. He has also taught at Syracuse University and at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He earned his master's degree in economics at the University of Chicago and his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His teaching and research interests are in the area of public economics. Much of his research has focused on behavioral responses to taxes, in such areas as tax compliance, the marriage penalty/bonus, tax reform, opportunity zones, housing choices, economic growth, and corruption. He has also worked on fiscal and decentralization reforms in many countries around the world. He has published over 200 refereed articles, another 100 chapters and reports, and 11 books. He was the long-serving editor of Public Finance Review, and he has also been on numerous editorial boards. Recently, he was the president of the Southern Economics Association and also of the National Tax Association.

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Jennifer Bird-PollanJennifer Bird-Pollan, Wayne State University

Jennifer Bird-Pollan joined the faculty of the Wayne State University Law School in 2024 and serves as the inaugural Alan S. Schenk Endowed Chair in Taxation. Before joining the Wayne faculty, Professor Bird-Pollan served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and the Judge William T. Lafferty Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law. She has taught courses across the tax law curriculum, and her research lies at the intersection of tax law and philosophy, specifically with regard to the taxation of wealth and wealth transfers, and issues of sovereignty in international taxation. Her work has been published widely, including in the Boston College Law Review, the Pepperdine Law Review, and the Arkansas Law Review, among others. She is a co-author on an transfer tax textbook FEDERAL TAXES ON GRATUITOUS TRANSFERS: LAW AND PLANNING (2d ed. 2023) (co-author with Joseph M. Dodge, Wendy C. Gerzog, Bridget J. Crawford & Victoria J. Haneman).

Professor Bird-Pollan received her JD from Harvard Law School, her PhD in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University, and her BA in Philosophy and French from Penn State University. Before law school she taught undergraduate philosophy courses at Vanderbilt and at Harvard College. Before joining the University of Kentucky, Professor Bird-Pollan practiced law as an attorney in the tax department of the law firm of Ropes & Gray in Boston, focusing primarily on partnership tax and non-profit tax law.

Professor Bird-Pollan received the 2023 University of Kentucky Great Teacher Award and the 2017 UK College of Law Duncan Teaching Award. She was the 2014-2015 Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Vienna University of Business and Economics in Vienna, Austria, and has been a visiting professor at Indiana University Maurer School of Law and the University of Cologne. Professor Bird-Pollan serves as the Chair of the AALS Section on Taxation, and is a Co-Convener of the Collaborative Research Network on Law, Society, and Taxation. At the University of Kentucky, Bird-Pollan chaired the University Senate Council, the campus-wide faculty governance body, from 2018 to 2020, and directed the Women’s Executive Leadership Development program (WELD) from 2022-2024. Professor Bird-Pollan was named a Kentucky Colonel in 2014.

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Les BookLeslie M. Book, Villanova University

Leslie M. Book is the John H. Buhsmer, Esq. '84 Endowed Professor of Law at the Villanova Charles Widger School of Law

Book is the successor author for the Thomson Reuters treatise IRS Practice and Procedure and the cofounder and one of the primary bloggers at Procedurally Taxing. He was a Professor in Residence with the IRS in 2019 and has written numerous law review articles and three research reports submitted to Congress on behalf of the Taxpayer Advocate Service, including a 2019 report containing a series of proposals to improve the administration and delivery of refundable credits.

Book has testified before Congress on the fair administration of our nation’s tax laws and on the future of tax administration. In 2007 he won the ABA Tax Section Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award, and Book continues to directly assist low income and underrepresented taxpayers through pro bono litigation. In 2018 he was the inaugural winner of the Diane Ambler Award for faculty curricular innovation for his work in creating the Villanova Online Graduate Tax Program with his colleague Joy Mullane. In 2021, Book won the Diane Ambler Faculty Scholarship Impact Award for scholarship that has had a significant impact on the law, the academy, the legal profession or policy debates.

Book is a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, Vice-Chair (Publications) American Bar Association Section of Taxation, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Taxpayer Rights.

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Caroline Lewis BrucknerCaroline Lewis Bruckner, American University

Caroline Lewis Bruckner is a tax professor on the faculty of American University Kogod School of Business (KSB) and is Managing Director of the Kogod Tax Policy Center. Since joining KSB in 2015, she has released ground-breaking research on the gig economy as well as women business owners and the U.S. tax code. She has testified multiple times before Congressional committees and IRS. In April 2021, the Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced legislation to address challenges women business owners have accessing capital prompted by Bruckner’s research. Currently, she is working a Congressional witness testimony dataset to measure the diversity and impact of Congressional witnesses in the federal legislative process as well as new research on small business tax literacy trends and how AI can be used to modernize tax administration. She teaches courses on business law, principles of federal income tax; fundamentals of business ownership; challenges of women business owners; business implications of the future of work; and in the KSB management in sustainability masters program. She is the program coordinator for KSB’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and the faculty advisor for the Kogod VITA Volunteer Corp and Kogod Women in Business clubs.

Experience: Prior to joining KSB, she worked for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, ultimately as Chief Counsel, where she developed small business tax legislation and advised the committee and its chair on tax, labor and budget matters. During that time, she developed expertise on Senate rules and Congressional committee procedure. Before public service, Bruckner was a senior associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP - Washington National Tax Services where she advised clients on international tax and treaty issues and an associate at PaulHastings LLP working on employee benefits matters in their D.C. office.

Media: Bruckner is an experienced media resource on tax issues generally and her research. Her work and expertise has been featured in interviews with national outlets and publications including: CNBC’s The Closing Bell, Yahoo Finance, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, Forbes, Time, USA Today, Inc. Magazine, Politico, Tax Analysts, Fortune, Money, Wallet Hub. Her writing has been published in The Financial Times, The Hill, The Chicago Tribune, Tax Notes, and The Journal of Taxation.

Education & Professional Affiliations: Bruckner has a Masters in Tax (LLM) from Georgetown University Law Center, a JD from George Mason University School of Law where she won the “Best Memorandum of Law Award” for the First-Year Class, and a BA in Political Science from Emory University, where she was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science Honors Society. She is an American College of Tax Counsel Fellow and member of the (1) National Academy of Social Insurance, (2) American Bar Association, and (3) Virginia State Bar. She is certified as a VITA volunteer and works along with KSB students doing tax returns for low-income DC residents each tax season.

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Collin CoilCollin Coil, University of Vermont

Collin Coil is a doctoral candidate in the complex systems and data science program at the University of Vermont. His research focuses on theoretical and applied artificial intelligence (AI). On the theoretical side, Collin develops new machine learning algorithms and techniques to make deep neural networks more efficient. On the applied side, he uses AI to track information flows in the lawmaking process and analyze who plays a role in developing legislation. Additionally, Collin co-authored AI and the Modern Tax Agency with Caroline L. Bruckner, a report providing insights on key considerations using AI for tax agency modernization efforts. He earned a BS in mathematics with honors in mathematical sciences and a second BS in data science, both from American University. Collin is a certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance volunteer and assists low-income filers by preparing their taxes.

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Bridget J. CrawfordBridget J. Crawford, Pace University

Bridget J. Crawford is a University Distinguished Professor at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. Her scholarship focuses on issues of taxation, especially wealth transfer taxation; property law, especially wills and trusts; tax policy; and gender and the law. Professor Crawford is the co-editor, with Anthony C. Infanti, of CRITICAL TAX THEORY: AN INTRODUCTION (2009) and FEMINIST JUDGMENTS: REWRITTEN TAX OPINIONS (2017). She is also the co-author of two tax casebooks, FEDERAL INCOME TAXES: CASES, PROBLEMS & MATERIALS (West Academic Publishing, 7th ed. 2019) (co-author with Joel S. Newman & Dorothy A. Brown) and FEDERAL TAXES ON GRATUITOUS TRANSFERS: LAW AND PLANNING (2d ed. 2023) (co-author with Joseph M. Dodge, Wendy C. Gerzog, Jennifer Bird-Pollan & Victoria J. Haneman). Her most recent article is Pink Tax and Other Tropes, 34 YALE J.L. & FEMINISM 88 (2023). Professor Crawford is the editor of the Feminist Law Professors blog and a regular contributor to the Faculty Lounge blog. You can follow Professor Crawford on Twitter @ProfBCrawford.

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Tessa DavisTessa Davis, University of South Carolina

Tessa Davis is a professor of law specializing in taxation and tax policy at the University of South Carolina Joseph F. Rice School of Law. Her research interests include the intersection of tax with many different areas of law, including immigration law, family law, law and technology, and health law. Her scholarship has appeared in many respected journals, including Denver Law Review, the Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law, the Florida State University Law Review, the Cardozo Journal of Law & Gender, the Florida State University Journal of Transnational Law & Policy, Kentucky Law Journal, Oregon Law Review, and the George Mason Law Review. Her book, Imagining the Body: Tax, Law, and Our Economic Selves is forthcoming (2025) with Cambridge University Press. Prior to joining academia, Professor Davis earned her LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law and received her JD from Florida State University College of Law, where she graduated Order of the Coif. Much of her legal academic work is informed by her early study in Anthropology in which she holds an AB from Davidson College and an MSc in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics.

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Michelle Lyon DrumblMichelle Lyon Drumbl, Washington and Lee University

Michelle Lyon Drumbl is the Robert O. Bentley Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Washington and Lee University School of Law. She is also the founding director of the school’s Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic. Her teaching and research interests focus on the federal income taxation of individuals, tax procedure, and tax policy. Professor Drumbl's scholarship focuses on the intersection of low-income taxpayers and fiscal policy, exploring such issues as refundable tax credits, 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.

Professor Drumbl received an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University, a J.D. with honors from George Washington University, and a B.A. in Political Science from Emory University. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Drumbl was an attorney at the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, where her work focused on the legal interpretation of bilateral income tax treaties and other cross-border taxation issues for the U.S. government. Her prior private practice experience includes tax controversy work and tax planning. She is a member of the bar in Virginia and Arkansas.

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Irina EwingIrina Ewing, University of Florida

Irina S. Ewing is a recent LL.M. in Taxation graduate from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She holds a J.D. from Florida A&M College of Law and a B.A. in African American Studies from the University of Florida. During her time at Florida A&M College of Law, Ms. Ewing distinguished herself with her insightful article, "How the American Taxation System Unfairly Affects the Black Community," which was published in the FAMU Law Review Journal. This work highlights her commitment to addressing systemic issues within the tax system and advocating for equitable solutions. Before embarking on her legal education, Ms. Ewing worked at Llanio & Casas Associates, LLC, where her interest in tax law was first sparked.

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Nyamagaga GondweNyamagaga Gondwe, University of Wisconsin

Nyamagaga Gondwe (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Tax Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She is a scholar of economic justice, race and the law, and tax policy. Nyamagaga earned her JD from Yale Law School in 2018. She then clerked for Judge Jeffrey Meyer on the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut from 2018-2019. In 2019 she joined the D.C. office of Skadden as a tax associate. From 2020-2022 she served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Tax Law at the NYU School of Law.

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Ashley R. HilliardAshley R. Hilliard, North Carolina Central University

Ashley Hilliard received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2012. As an undergraduate student with a passion for words, she worked as a staff writer for The Carolinian, covering student and campus news. In 2016, she received her Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University School of Law. While at NCCU, she was an editorial member and editor in chief of NCCU’s Law Review, a member of NCCU’s Pro Bono Council, and President and Program Coordinator of the NCCU Law Innocence Project.

After law school, she returned home to Raleigh, North Carolina and worked as an attorney for a private firm, handling family law, criminal law and immigration law across the Triangle area. In 2019, she transitioned into a non-traditional legal role working as an indirect tax research analyst for Avalara in Durham, North Carolina. Since 2019, she has spoken on topics including race and diversity in the workplace and non-traditional legal roles. While working as an analyst, she also served as an adjunct legal writing professor at NCCU School of Law before joining as a full-time faculty member in August 2021.

Professor Hilliard’s academic scholarship focuses on equality law and the intersections between law, fairness and economics and the legal implications of social class subordination and societal inadequacy. Her scholarship proposes new solutions to American legal precedent and policies that promote widespread fairness between over and underrepresented social groups.

Professor Hilliard is affiliated with the North Carolina State Bar, American Bar Association, The North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, The Association of American Law Schools, Legal Writing Institute, and The Association for Legal Writing Directors. In her spare time, she enjoys reading true-crime novels, snorkeling, gardening, and running.

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Anthony C. InfantiAnthony C. Infanti, University of Pittsburgh

Anthony C. Infanti is the Christopher C. Walthour, Sr. Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He teaches a variety of courses in the tax area, including Federal Income Tax, Corporate Tax, Partnership Tax, and International Tax. His scholarly work focuses on comparative tax law and critical tax theory. His most recent work includes Tax and Time: On the Use and Misuse of Legal Imagination (NYU Press 2022), Our Selfish Tax Laws: Toward Tax Reform That Mirrors Our Better Selves (The MIT Press 2018), and Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Tax Opinions (Cambridge University Press 2017, coedited with Bridget J. Crawford). He is currently working on a book project titled Taxation and Slavery in Colonial America.

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Richard KaplanRichard L. Kaplan, University of Illinois

Richard L. Kaplan is the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law at the University of Illinois, specializing in federal income taxation and Elder Law. After graduating from Yale Law School, he practiced tax law for three years with Baker & Botts in Houston before coming to the University. He is the author of FEDERAL TAXATION OF INTERNATIONAL TRANSACTIONS and a co-author of two volumes in the WEST’S FEDERAL TAXATION textbook series. In addition, he has testified before the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance at the Committees’ request.

He is the author of ELDER LAW IN A NUTSHELL, published by West Academic Publishing Co. (8th ed. 2023), as well as numerous articles on Social Security, Medicare, long-term care financing, and retirement funding. He has been the faculty advisor to The Elder Law Journal, the nation’s oldest scholarly publication devoted to this subject, since it began in 1992. He was a Congressionally designated delegate to the National Summit on Retirement Savings and is currently a Fellow of the Employee Benefits Research Institute and an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

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Ann Kayis-KumarAnn Kayis-Kumar, University of New South Wales, Australia

Associate Professor Ann Kayis-Kumar is the Founding Director of UNSW Tax and Business Advisory Clinic, an international award-winning platform for experiential work-integrated learning, innovative grassroots research and catalysing social impact across Australia. She has provided expert evidence to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue, and consultancy advice on investigations by the Inspector-General of Taxation. Ann serves on industry-level committees including the ATO's Small Business and National Tax Clinic Stewardship Groups, the Law Council of Australia's Taxation Committee, and the Tax Institute’s National SME Technical Committee. Ann is also regularly involved to the media, including appearances on ABC TV and Radio National, and Channel 10's The Project.

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Diane KemkerDiane Kemker, Loyola Marymount University and Pepperdine University

Diane Kemker is currently serving as an adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law in Los Angeles, teaching in the online master of laws program, and at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law. From 2021-2024, she was a visiting professor at Southern University Law Center. She also is the founder/principal of an educational consultancy, The Professor in Your Corner, specializing in tutoring for the California bar exam and the creation of anti-racist curricula for elementary and middle school. She has formerly served as a tenured law professor at the University of La Verne College of Law. She began her career in legal academia at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University. She has primarily taught property and wills & trusts, and, since earning an LLM in taxation in 2015, has also taught tax courses. In the past five years, her critical tax scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties, Georgetown Journal of Gender & Law, Michigan Journal of Law Reform Online (Caveat), and Pittsburgh Tax Review. Her recent wills & trusts scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in American University Law Review, the ACTEC Law Journal, Journal of Legal Education, and Journal of the Legal Profession. She received her LL.M. in Taxation, summa cum laude, from University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D. degree from UCLA School of Law, and A.B. degree in philosophy, magna cum laude, from Harvard.

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J. Sebastián LeguizamónJ. Sebastián Leguizamón, Western Kentucky University

J. Sebastián Leguizamón, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Economics at Western Kentucky University and Director of the Center for Applied Economics (WKU). He received his Ph.D. in Economics in 2011 and then spent two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Economics department at Tulane University in New Orleans. Right after, and prior to moving to WKU in 2015, he taught economics and statistics at Vanderbilt University. His research spans many different topics but he specializes in the economics of governments and public policy, including state and local taxation.

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Susane LeguizamónSusane Leguizamón, Western Kentucky University

Dr. Leguizamon's research interests include: public economics, spatial econometrics, international economics and urban economics. She has been teaching at WKU since 2013 after a stint as Visiting Professor at Tulane University. Her most recent research has been featured in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Regional Science and Urban Economics, and the Journal of Urban Economics. She is a current member in the American Economics Association and the Southern Regional Science Association.

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Yvette LindYvette Lind, BI Norwegian Business School and University of Edinburgh

Prof. Dr. Yvette Lind is a Professor of Law at the department of Law and Governance at BI Norwegian Business School as well as currently being a MacCormick Fellow at Edinburgh Law School, University of Edinburgh in 2023-2024. She is the head of BI Tax and Fiscal Policy Centre and a Member of the Centre for Business History at BI. Prof. Lind has a Swedish Master's degree in Commercial Law and a Doctor of Laws with a thesis on international taxation and social insurances linked to cross-border workers published by Jure in 2017 from Umeå University. She specializes in comparative studies and tax policy with an experience of teaching and researching at institutions in Sweden (Umeå University, University of Lund, Linköping University, University College of Gävle, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies at Uppsala University), Denmark (Copenhagen Business School and University of Copenhagen), and Norway (BI Norwegian Business School). She has been a fellow and guest researcher at various international institutions, for instance, the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance in Munich, IBFD in Amsterdam, the Faculty of Law and the Centre for Tax Law at Cambridge University, Churchill College, and Hughes Hall. She was appointed legal expert for the Danish government in connection to the COVID-19 pandemic and has been invited as a lecturer for the Norwegian Ministry of Finance. Her research is interdisciplinary, often using international taxation as the starting point for foundational matters concerning, for instance, democracy, global governance, justice, sustainability, and elites. This research is of interest to tax scholarship in addition to general legal scholarship, political economy, political theory, history, and economics. Published in leading journals such as National Tax Journal, Florida Tax Review, and Australian Tax Review and publishes regularly in Tax Notes, Intertax, and a variety of Nordic law journals. Lind´s work and expert opinion have appeared in media outlets such as Forbes and Bloomberg. Her most recent book “Taxation, Citizenship, and Democracy in the 21st Century”, co-edited with Reuven Avi-Yonah, is published by Edward Elgar Publishing in July 2024.

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Elaine MaagElaine Maag, U.S. Department of the Treasury and Urban Institute

Elaine Maag is the inaugural tax policy analyst in the Equity Hub of the U.S. Treasury Department where she is on detail from the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center at the Urban Institute (TPC) through December 2024. At TPC, Maag is a senior fellow and codirector of the Innovations in Cash Assistance for Children project. She is an expert on the taxation of low- and middle-income families. Her work examines the interactions between tax and transfer programs, the impact of cash supports, how well taxes support families, and the administration of tax and transfer programs. Her most recent work draws connections between the tax code and racial disparities and how tax policy can advance gender and racial equity.

Maag has testified before state and federal congressional committees and advised congressional staff members and administration officials on the taxation of families with children and on higher education and work incentives in the tax code.

Before her 25 years working at Urban, Maag worked at the Internal Revenue Service and at the Government Accountability Office as a presidential management fellow.

Maag holds an MS in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester. She is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and the Code for America Tax Benefits Advisory Committee.

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Roberta MannRoberta F. Mann, University of Oregon

Roberta Mann is Professor Emerita at the University of Oregon School of Law. She teaches income tax courses, including individual income tax, business tax, and tax policy. She also teaches property and trusts and estates. Before entering academia, Roberta served as a senior attorney-advisor at the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service at the National Office in Washington DC. She also served on the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation.

Roberta is the past Vice-Chair Publications of the American Bar Association Tax Section. She has also served as the chair of the Individual and Family Taxation Committee and the Tax Policy and Simplification Committee, as well as a Council Director. Roberta is a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and serves on the board of the American Tax Policy Institute. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Tax Section of the American Association of Law Schools. Roberta is a frequent speaker on tax issues at both practitioner and academic conferences: nationally, internationally, and virtually. Roberta has published numerous law review articles and book chapters. You can find most of her scholarship on her SSRN author page at https://ssrn.com/author=258977.

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Amy K. MatsuiAmy K. Matsui, National Women’s Law Center

Amy K. Matsui is Director of Income Security and Senior Counsel at the National Women’s Law Center. She leads the Center’s work on a broad range of economic policies affecting women and families with low and moderate incomes, including tax, public benefits, gender and racial wealth gaps, and women’s retirement security. Her work comprises policy analysis, administrative and legislative advocacy, and public education and outreach, with the goal of increasing gender, racial, and economic equity. She has written numerous reports and articles on women’s economic security, testified before Congress and federal agencies, and been featured as an expert in the media.

Prior to joining the Center in 2002, Ms. Matsui was a litigation associate at Farella Braun + Martel LLP, in San Francisco, CA. She clerked for the Honorable Carolyn Dineen King, then-Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in 2000. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, and Stanford Law School. Before law school, Ms. Matsui taught 4th grade ESL and middle- and high-school French.

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Goldburn P. Maynard Jr.Goldburn P. Maynard Jr., Indiana University

Goldburn P. Maynard Jr. is an Assistant Professor of Business Law and Ethics at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, where he teaches classes in business ethics. He previously served as an Associate Professor of Law (untenured) at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. Professor Maynard’s research focuses on issues of wealth inequality, tax policy, and equality law. His research has appeared in the California Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, and Yale Law Journal Forum. His next article, Penalizing Precarity, co-authored with Clint Wallace, will be published by the Michigan Law Review in late 2024.

Professor Maynard was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor at Florida State University College of Law and Washington University School of Law. Before entering law teaching, he worked as an estate tax attorney for the Internal Revenue Service. He began his career as a tax associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and received an LL.M. in Taxation from Northwestern University School of Law.

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Stephanie Hunter McMahonStephanie Hunter McMahon, University of Cincinnati

Stephanie McMahon is Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law teaching tax law. Professor McMahon’s scholarship frequently examines the historical relationship between taxation and the public’s perception of taxation and, from that relationship, discovers lessons for improving today’s law. In particular, Professor McMahon’s work has explored the intersection of tax and administrative law and how women have been, and continue to be, affected by taxation. Recently, she has turned her research to issues of employment taxation focusing on incarcerated workers. She has published the Principles of Tax Policy Concise Hornbook (3d ed. 2024) and articles in journals including the The Tax Lawyer, Florida Tax Review, Virginia Tax Review, the Law and History Review, Northwestern Law Review, Washington Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, Journal of Legislation (Notre Dame), and in blogs including The Hill.

Professor McMahon is a summa cum laude graduate of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia (B.A.), a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, and a graduate with a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the academic world, Professor McMahon spent several years practicing in the tax field. She worked as a tax attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York and at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, also in New York.

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Kathryn L. MooreKathryn L. Moore, University of Kentucky

Kathryn L. Moore is the Stites & Harbison Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky Rosenberg College of Law where she teaches Tax I, Employee Benefits, State and Local Tax, Contracts, and Land Use Planning. Her research focuses on employee benefits and retirement income security, including social security. She is the author of Understanding Employee Benefits Law and co-author of Law of Employee Pension and Welfare Benefits. She is on the Board of Governors of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, a member of the American Law Institute, and has served as chair of the American Association of Law Schools Employee Benefits Section.

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Ann MurphyAnn Murphy, Gonzaga University

Ann Murphy is a professor at Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington where she teaches Taxation of Individual Income, Taxation of Exempt Organizations, Civil Procedure, Evidence, Advanced Evidence, Wills and Trusts, and Litigation Skills and Professionalism She is a two-time Fulbright Scholar and lived for two separate academic years in the People’s Republic of China – once in Beijing, and once as a Distinguished Chair in Shanghai.

She is the author of the legal treatise on Federal Practice and Procedure (also known as Wright and Miller), Vol. 23A – 26A (Evidentiary Privileges). She was an author and the upkeep author of Federal Tax Practice and Procedure. Professor Murphy has published numerous books, book chapters, law review articles, and other scholarly materials. She is a frequent quoted expert for multiple media outlets and has given many presentations both in the U.S. and abroad.

She is a member of the Executive Committee on the Evidence Section of the Association of American Law Schools. She received her master’s degree in economics and went on to earn her J.D. from DePaul University in Chicago. Professor Murphy was a trial attorney for 15 years at District Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service and tried fifty cases before the United States Tax Court.

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Lauren Shores PelikanLauren Shores Pelikan, University of Missouri

Professor Pelikan is an associate teaching professor of law at the University of Missouri where she teaches a range of tax law classes including Basic Federal Income Tax, Corporate Tax, Partnership Tax, International Tax, and Tax Planning. Her most recent article is State Constitutional Limitations to Cities Taxing the Digital Economy, 43 VA. TAX REV. 469 (2024).

Professor Pelikan joined Mizzou Law in 2022 with nearly 10 years of experience as a tax attorney specializing in transactional tax matters. Her tax practice included advising public and private companies with respect to structure and tax issues in mergers, acquisitions, tax-free reorganizations, divestitures, joint venture formations, and restructurings.

Professor Pelikan is a Mizzou alumna, earning her JD from Mizzou Law and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Emory University. She also is a licensed certified public accountant (CPA).

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Katherine PrattKatherine Pratt, Loyola Marymount University

Katherine (Katie) Pratt is the John E. Anderson Professor of Tax Law at LMU Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. She received her B.A. from the University of Florida, her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, and her Tax LL.M. and Corporate LL.M. from NYU School of Law, where she also began her law teaching career. She currently teaches the Loyola Tax Policy Colloquium, Federal Income Tax, and Contracts. She is the co-author (with Joe Bankman & Tom Griffith) of FEDERAL INCOME TAX: EXAMPLES & EXPLANATIONS and the author of numerous book chapters and tax articles that have been published in general law reviews and peer-reviewed specialty tax law reviews. Her current work-in-progress is Taxing Reparations. Pratt received Loyola’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2017 and again in 2021. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Tax Policy Institute, is an elected fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, is the former Chair of the Teaching Taxation Committee of the ABA Tax Section, and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Tax Association.

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Amy Royce Amy Royce , National Women’s Law Center

Amy Royce is Senior Counsel for Income Security at the National Women’s Law Center. She manages a portfolio of issues affecting women’s economic security with a focus on federal tax policy and gender and racial wealth gaps. Her work includes publishing and presenting policy analysis, federal advocacy for a more progressive tax code to advance equity, and public education to advance understanding of the tax code, wealth concentration and gender and racial equity. Prior to joining the Law Center, Amy served as a Presidential appointee as the Special Assistant to Commissioner David Kladney at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Her work encompassed civil rights issues including the rights of incarcerated women, criminal justice concerns, voting rights, and disability employment policy. She holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and a J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a managing editor for the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy. Before law school, she worked in homeless outreach services.

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Kerry RyanKerry Ryan, St. Louis University

Kerry Ryan is a professor at Saint Louis University School of Law (SLU Law). Professor Ryan is a graduate of Cornell University (B.S.), Tulane University (J.D., M. Acct.) and the University of Florida (LL.M. Tax). She practiced law at Bose, McKinney and Evans LLP (Indianapolis, IN), working in both the Tax and Estate/Business Succession Planning practice groups. Professor Ryan entered academia in 2004 as a visiting assistant professor of law in the graduate tax program at the University of Florida. In 2005, she joined SLU Law’s faculty where she teaches in the tax and estate planning areas and serves as the faculty advisor to the taxation concentration. Professor Ryan’s scholarship focuses on barriers to access to tax benefits faced by historically marginalized communities (single mothers, prisoners, low-income college students), and various federal wealth transfer taxation issues. Professor Ryan is past chair of the Teaching Taxation committee and current member of the Nominating committee of the ABA Tax Section. She currently serves on the editorial boards of The Tax Lawyer and the Florida Tax Review and is a fellow with the American College of Tax Counsel (ACTC).

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Emily SatterthwaiteEmily Satterthwaite, Georgetown University

Professor Satterthwaite joined the Law Center from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law on July 1, 2021. Her research focuses on the law of taxation and examines areas in which taxpayer choices and compliance obligations may have unanticipated equity implications. She uses experimental, qualitative, and quantitative empirical methods to study how the design of elective provisions in tax statutes and tax agency enforcement policies plays out “on the ground,” with a particular focus on entry-level entrepreneurs and self-employed individuals. Her recent work has explored the impact of value-added tax registration thresholds on micro-entrepreneurs, the relationship of entrepreneurs’ legal and tax status choices to their firms’ chances for survival, and how audit policies can be presented to taxpayers to support their post-audit compliance choices. Her published and current research has received support from Canada’s federal Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Foundation for Legal Research, the University of Toronto’s Connaught Fund, and other grantors.

Prior to serving as a full-time faculty member at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Professor Satterthwaite earned her M.A. (economics) and her LL.M. from the University of Toronto. Before that, she was the Assistant Director of the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Law School, where she supervised second- and third-year law students in their representation of early-stage businesses launched by lower-income entrepreneurs. She also practiced for three years as an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York and Chicago.

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Daniel N. ShaviroDaniel N. Shaviro, New York University

Daniel Shaviro, the Wayne Perry Professor of Taxation at NYU Law School, is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School. Before entering law teaching, he spent three years each in private practice, and at the Joint Congressional Committee on Taxation, where he worked on the Tax Reform Act of 1986. In 1987, Shaviro began his teaching career at the University of Chicago Law School, and he moved to NYU in 1995. In 2023, he received the National Tax Association’s Daniel M. Holland Medal, recognizing lifetime achievement in, and outstanding contributions to, public finance.

Shaviro’s scholarly work mainly focuses on tax policy and other fiscal policy, along with inequality and the intersections between law, literature, and social science. His books include Bonfires of the American Dream in American Rhetoric, Literature, and Film (2022), Fixing U.S. International Taxation (2014), Decoding the U.S. Corporate Tax (2009), and Do Deficits Matter? (1997). He has also published a novel, Getting It (2010).

At NYU School of Law Shaviro teaches various tax and other courses, including a scholarly colloquium on tax policy and public finance.

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Christine SpeidelChristine Speidel, Villanova University

Christine Speidel is Associate Professor and Director of the Federal Tax Clinic at Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law. Her research interests lie at the intersection of poverty law with tax law and tax procedure. Professor Speidel frequently speaks and writes on issues affecting low-income taxpayers. In the Clinic, she teaches students to practice law through representing individuals in federal tax disputes. Prior to her appointment at Villanova, Professor Speidel practiced law at Vermont Legal Aid. She represented low-income individuals in tax, health care, domestic violence, and public benefits matters, and advocated for systemic policy changes informed by her clients’ experiences. Professor Speidel is an editor of the practice manual Effectively Representing Your Client Before the IRS and the co-author of the book A Practitioner’s Guide to Innocent Spouse Relief. She is active in the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, where she is a Council Director and a past chair of the Section’s Pro Bono and Tax Clinics Committee.

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Carla SpivackCarla Spivack, Albany Law School







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Phyllis TaitePhyllis Taite , University of Oklahoma

Professor Taite is a Professor of Law with over 20 years of teaching experience and continues to teach with a passion that brings excitement and interest to otherwise difficult subjects. She earned her LL.M. in taxation from the University of Florida College of Law and prior to teaching full-time, she served in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Professor Taite focuses her scholarship on leading issues in tax policy and social justice. Her articles are published in law reviews across the nation and she is a regular contributor to Jotwell and Tax Notes, a leading provider of tax news and analysis for the global community, and a new contributor to Tax Stringer.

Professor Taite serves as a speaker, panelist, and commenter in various venues nationally and internationally. As a highly sought after speaker, she has presented her research for diverse organizations such as Georgetown University Law Center, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Brookings Institute Tax Policy Center and American College, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), and the American Bar Association, to name a few. As a community leader, she serves on numerous committees including the Joint Center Tax Policy Advisory Committee, Tax Policy, Estate and Gift Tax Committees for ACTEC, and Association of American Law Schools Taxation Section Executive Committee Member. She has memberships in many professional organizations including Academic Fellow of ACTEC, Real Property and Probate Section of the Florida Bar, The Florida Bar, and the American Bar Association. She is admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the State Bar of Florida.

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Cristina TrentaCristina Trenta, Linnaeus University, Sweden

Cristina Trenta is full professor of public law at Linnaeus University, Sweden. She has been appointed twice as a member of the European Commission’s VAT Expert Group, and she's been a member of the Expert Group for the EU Observatory on the Online Platform Economy for the European Commission. She holds a PhD in European Tax Law from the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, Italy, and a second PhD in Commercial Law from Jönköping International Business School, Sweden. Her first doctoral dissertation received the 2008 Tax Law Thesis Award from the European Commission and the European Tax Law Professors Association a prestigious acknowledgment to innovative research in the tax law field.

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Lee-ford TrittLee-ford Tritt, University of Florida

Lee-ford Tritt, NYU School of Law, J.D., LL.M. (taxation), is a law professor at the University of Florida College of Law and the David H. Levin Chair of Law. In addition, Lee-ford is the Director of the Graduate Tax Programs, Director of the Center for Estate Planning, and Director of the Estate Planning Practice Certificate Program. Lee-ford is an Academic Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. In addition, Lee-ford has served in many positions for the ABA RPTE and Tax Sections. He also served as the President of the American Association of Law Schools’ Trusts & Estates Division as well as an advisor for the Committee on an Act on the Recovery of Stolen Cultural and Artistic Property for the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. Before joining UF College of Law in 2005, Lee-ford spent eight years in the New York City trusts and estates departments of Davis, Polk & Wardwell and Milbank, Tweed. Lee-ford’s strong commitment to students and the practice of law has helped earn him Professor of the Year for the academic years 2008/2009; 2009/2010; 2010/2011; 2011/2012, 2012/2013 and 2014/2015. In 2015, Lee-ford was honored with the John Marshall Bar Association’s College of Law Lifetime Achievement Award in Teaching. He has also been recognized as an Outstanding Mentor by BALSA in 2008, 2011, and 2015. In addition, he received the University of Florida’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Education in 2011 and the University’s Impact Award in 2012. Lee-ford has published several books and many academic articles. He is frequently cited as an authority in newspapers, magazines, and academic articles. Lee-ford is a frequent lecturer across the country on various estate planning and tax issues, including presentations for the ABA’s RPTE Law Section’s annual meetings, the ABA’s Tax Section’s annual meetings, the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, the Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute, and Bloomberg BNA Tax & Accounting.

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Natasha VaryaniNatasha Varyani, Roger Williams University

Natasha Varyani, Associate Professor of Law, Roger Williams School of Law
Natasha Varyani's teaching and scholarship lies at the intersection of commerce and social justice. In her various courses, including Property, Contracts, Business Associations and Tax Courses, she seeks to examine the ways in which the systems and structures that support our economy and daily commercial interactions have served to create and uphold systems of oppression. Professor Varyani has written extensively on issues related to multi-jurisdictional tax. Before coming to academia, Professor Varyani practices at large accounting and law firms representing large corporate taxpayers in similar matters. Professor Varyani has been appointed to serve as a Commissioner on the Massachusetts Tax Expenditure Review Commission, a body that is charged with reviewing the expenditures made by the Legislature and ensuring that they are consistent with policy. Outside of her professional responsibilities, Professor Varyani has been actively engaged in Affinity bar work, serving as President of the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston and on the Executive Committee of the National South Asian Bar Association.

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Elaine Waterhouse WilsonElaine Waterhouse Wilson, West Virginia University

Professor Elaine Waterhouse Wilson joined the faculty of the WVU College of Law in 2012, was granted tenure and promoted to full Professor of Law in July 2017 and served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from June 2018 to July 2023.

Professor Wilson heads the College’s tax and estate planning law curriculum, teaching federal income tax, taxation of business entities, estate and gift taxation, and nonprofit organizations. In addition, she has taught the first-year course in contracts, estate planning, and trust and estates.

In 2014, the graduating class elected Professor Wilson their Professor of the Year. She is also a two-time recipient of the Faculty Significant Scholarship Award and a recipient of the WVU Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award. She is the author of numerous publications on charitable organizations and nonprofit issues, including BNA Tax Management Portfolio 472, Private Foundations-Distributions (Section 4942). She regularly speaks on tax, nonprofit, and estate planning issues in West Virginia and around the country.

After graduating from Boston University’s Six-Year Law Program in 1993, she began her career as an associate in the Estates & Personal Department at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City. She then moved to Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis, where she made partner in 2002. In 2007, she joined the Chicago office of Quarles & Brady as a partner in the Tax-Exempt Organizations Group.

Professor Wilson is a former chair of the American Bar Association’s Charitable Planning and Exempt Organization Group of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Section, and a former President and current member of the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Tax Institute.







Symposium Sponsors

Support for this program is provided by







Temple University

Birnbaum Women's Leadership Center at NYU

NYU Tax Law Center




Pace University






Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review

Pittsburgh Tax Review


Papers from this Symposium will be published in the Pittsburgh Tax Review, the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, and other journals.