The Federal Income Tax: Racially Blind but Not Racially Neutral
Friday, February 24, 2023, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Skadden Conference Room 11-AB
1440 New York Avenue NW, Washington DC
Alice G. Abreu, Honorable Nelson A. Diaz Professor of Law and Director, Center for Tax Law and Public Policy, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Alice G. Abreu is the Honorable Nelson A. Diaz Professor of Law at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, where she regularly teaches courses in Taxation, Corporate Taxation, International Taxation, and Low Income Taxpayer Policy/Practice; she is also the inaugural Director of Temple’s Center for Tax Law and Public Policy. Professor Abreu is a magna cum laude graduate of both Cornell University and its Law School, where she served as an editor of the CORNELL LAW REVIEW. Before joining the Temple faculty in 1985, she clerked for Judge Edward N. Cahn (EDPA) and practiced tax law with Dechert, LLP, in Philadelphia.
Professor Abreu has published numerous articles in scholarly and professional journals, been an editor of a casebook on Taxation, is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, and has appeared in various media discussing issues of taxation. She is a Regent of the American College of Tax Counsel, a Trustee of the American Tax Policy Institute, a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Taxpayer Rights founded by Nina Olson, a member of the American Law Institute, and an Associate Member of the European Association of Tax Law Professors. She has served as Vice-Chair (Publications), of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association, been the Editor-in-Chief of THE TAX LAWYER, and was a member of the Tax Section’s leadership Council for eight years. For over a decade, she has served as a member of the Board of Academic Advisors for the Tannenwald Competition for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and as a member of the Board and/or Planning Committee for the Philadelphia Tax Conference.
In April, 2017, Professor Abreu was named a Temple University Great Teacher, which is the University’s highest honor for teaching. She has received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, as well as the Murray Shusterman Faculty Award. Professor Abreu has served as a visiting professor at a number of law schools, including Harvard (twice), Penn, and Yale.
Professor Abreu is a native Spanish speaker, having been born in Havana, Cuba, where she lived until emigrating to Miami with her parents following the Cuban Revolution. She also speaks and reads Italian, has a working knowledge of French, and enjoys gardening, distance running, and, most recently, skydiving.
Jeremy Bearer-Friend, Associate Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School
Jeremy Bearer-Friend is an Associate Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School. He is a scholar of tax, race, and democracy. His research examines the omission of race and ethnicity from federal tax data, 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. Prior to academia, Professor Bearer-Friend was Tax Counsel to Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Leslie M. Book, Professor of Law, Villanova Charles Widger School of Law
Leslie M. 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, a member of the governing Council of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, and a founding Board Member at the Center for Taxpayer Rights.
David A. Brennen, Frost, Brown & Todd Professor of Law, University of Kentucky Rosenberg School of Law
David A. Brennen served as dean of the University of Kentucky College of Law from 2009 – 2020. He joined UK in 2009 from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a professor since 2006, and from the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), where he served a two-year term as deputy director. Along with more than 25 years of experience in the classroom, Brennen is regarded as an innovator in the field of nonprofit law as it relates to taxation. He is a co-founder and co-editor of Nonprofit Law Prof Blog, founding editor of Nonprofit and Philanthropy Law Abstracts, co-founder of the AALS Section on Nonprofit and Philanthropy Law and a co-author of one of the first law school casebooks on taxation of nonprofit organizations.
Brennen received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida Atlantic University in 1988 and his law degree from the University of Florida College of Law in 1991, where he also received his LL.M. in tax law in 1994. In 2002, Brennen was elected to the American Law Institute where he was an adviser on Restatement of the Law: Charitable Nonprofit Organization. Brennen has also served in leadership roles with AALS, the Society of American Law Teachers and the American Bar Association’s Section of Legal Education.
Brennen began his career in legal education as an adjunct professor at Florida A&M University in 1994. He also taught as a professor at Syracuse University, the University of Richmond, Mercer University, and University of Georgia prior to his role at University of Kentucky. In addition, Brennen taught as a visiting professor at the University of Alabama and Temple University.
His law practice work began with Moody & Salzman, PA in Gainesville, Florida. He went on to work with Bobo, Spicer & Ciotoli, PA in West Palm Beach, Messer, Vickers, Caparello, Madsen, Lewis, Goldman & Metz, PA in Tallahassee and the State of Florida Department of Revenue.
He has been a member of The Florida Bar – Tax Section, American Bar Association – Section of Taxation, and the National Bar Association. In addition, he has served on several boards and held many special appointments, including being appointed to American Bar Association Accreditation Committee, Council of the American Bar Association, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Reaffirmation Committee, and the boards of directors for Access Group and Bluegrass Care Navigators.
Samuel D. Brunson, Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development and Georgia Reithal Professor of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Sam Brunson researches and writes about the federal income tax and nonprofit organizations. Much of his research deals with the intersection of religion and the tax system. He also researches how the federal income tax both regulates and fails to regulate tax-exempt organizations. His first book, God and the IRS: Accommodating Religious Practice in United States Tax Law was published by Cambridge University Press and his second book will be published with the University of Illinois Press. In addition, his scholarship has appeared in, among other places, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, the Indiana Law Journal, and Tax Notes.
Bridget J. Crawford, University Distinguished Professor, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at 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.
Steven A. Dean, Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School
Steven Dean has been a professor at Brooklyn Law School since 2004. His work focuses on the causes and consequences of inequality both domestically and globally, with a particular focus on tax policy and an emphasis on anti-Black racism. In addition to law review articles and essays in journals such as the NYU Law Review and the Emory Law Journal, Dean has written for a range of publications including The Nation. In his forthcoming book Global Jim Crow: Taxation, Racial Capitalism, and the Fear of a Black Planet (Oxford University Press, forthcoming) Dean explains how racial bias helped create and continues to sustain a global tax system that favors wealthy states. He has coauthored three books with other Brooklyn Law professors: For-Profit Philanthropy: Elite Power and the Threat of Limited Liability Companies, Donor-Advised Funds, and Strategic Corporate Giving (Oxford University Press 2023) and Social Enterprise Law: Trust, Public Benefit and Capital Markets (Oxford University Press 2017) with Dana Brakman Reiser and Federal Taxation of Corporations and Corporate Transactions (Aspen Publishers 2018) with Brad Borden. He hosted the podcast The Tax Maven. He has testified before the U.S House Ways and Means Committee and been a consultant to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Dean serves as Co-Director of the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law. He has also served as Vice Dean at Brooklyn Law School and, while a Visiting Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, as Faculty Director of its Graduate Tax Program. He serves on the board of the National Tax Association and serves the American Bar Association as a member of the Diversity Committee of its Tax Section and a member of the Editorial Board for its journal, The Tax Lawyer. He serves the New York State Bar Association as a member of the Executive Committee of its Tax Section and as a member of its Professional Ethics Committee. Dean graduated from Yale Law School and earned his undergraduate degree in Political Economy at Williams College. He previously practiced tax law at Debevoise & Plimpton and Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Before law school he worked with KPMG’s transfer pricing group.
Nyamagaga Gondwe, Assistant Professor of Tax Law, University of Wisconsin Law School
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.
Andrew J. Greenlee, Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Andrew J. Greenlee Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Greenlee’s research lies at the intersection of housing policy, poverty, and social equity within cities and regions. His current research examines neighborhood and metropolitan opportunity structures through residential mobility processes. Greenlee’s other ongoing research examines the influence of governance on spatial outcomes for public and subsidized housing participants, and the dynamics of neighborhood change driven by urban renewal processes and public housing transformation. As an expert in housing policy, Greenlee has testified before the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Housing, and has provided technical assistance to fair housing advocates, states, and local governments. At University of Illinois, Greenlee is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Social and Behavioral Sciences at University of Illinois and the Institute of Government & Public Affairs in the University of Illinois System. Greenlee received a B.A. from Grinnell College, a M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Policy from University of Illinois at Chicago.
Philip Hackney, Associate Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Philip Hackney is an associate professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh where he teaches contracts and a range of tax law courses. He writes, speaks and is regularly quoted in the news on tax law and nonprofit organizations. His most recent articles include Political Justice and Tax Policy: The Social Welfare Organizations Case, 8 Tex. A&M L. Rev. 271 (2021), Dark Money Darker? IRS Shutters Collection of Donor Data, 25 Fla. Tax Rev. 140 (2022) and Public Good Through Charter Schools? forthcoming 39 Ga. St. Univ. L. Rev. __, (2023). Prof. Hackney taught at the LSU Law Center from 2011-2018. Before the academy, Prof. Hackney worked for the Office of the Chief Counsel of the IRS in Washington DC in its exempt organizations group from 2006-2011. He was an corporate associate at Baker Botts in Houston Texas from 2002-2005. He started his career as a lawyer clerking for the Honorable Henry A. Politz on the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prof. Hackney earned his BA at Southern Methodist University in 1992 in political science, his J.D. at LSU Law Center in 2001, and his LLM in Taxation at NYU Law School in 2006.
Victoria J. Haneman, Frank J. Kellegher Professor of Trusts & Estates, Creighton University School of Law
Professor Haneman is the Frank J. Kellegher Professor of Trusts & Estates at Creighton University School of Law. She teaches courses addressing various aspects of taxation, wills, trusts and estates, and business associations. Professor Haneman’s recent scholarship focuses on the death services industry and taxation, and she has a particular interest in industry disruption, emerging markets, and women and the law. She co-authored the book Making Tax Law (Carolina Academic Press) with Daniel M. Berman, and Federal Taxes on Gratuitous Transfers (Wolters Kluwer) with Joseph M. Dodge, Wendy C. Gerzog, Bridget J. Crawford, and Jennifer Bird-Pollen. Professor Haneman has published more than twenty law review articles, essays, and/or book chapters in journals that include Harvard Journal on Legislation, Virginia Tax Review, Wake Forest Law Review, University of Richmond Law Review, Oklahoma Law Review, and Columbia Journal of Gender and the Law. Professor Haneman is a regularly engaged expert by media including PBS NewsHour, National Public Radio, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, and Forbes. In 2022, she was elected as an Academic Fellow to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). She serves as 2023 Chair for the Association of American Law School (AALS) Section on Women in Legal Education, the 2023 Chair-Elect of the AALS Trusts and Estates Section, and on the Board of Directors for ClassCrits.
Jessica A. Hough, Partner, Tax, Skadden
Jessica Hough, head of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, represents clients on a wide range of tax matters, with particular emphasis on mergers, acquisitions and divestiture transactions, including spin-offs, debt and equity offerings, corporate and partnership restructurings, and joint ventures.
Anthony C. Infanti, Christopher C. Walthour, Sr. Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
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.
Darryll K. Jones, Professor of Law, Florida A&M University College of Law
Professor Darryll K. Jones joined Florida A&M University College of Law in 2009 as Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development. He is a tenured full professor teaching Federal Income Tax, Partnership Tax, and the Taxation of Exempt Organizations. From July, 2012, to July 2015 he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and then from July 2015 to January 2016 he served as Interim Dean at Florida A&M University College of Law. Prior to his time at FAMU Law, he taught at Stetson University College of Law and at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his LLM (Tax) and JD degrees from the University of Florida. Professor Jones is the lead co-author of The Taxation of Charities and Other Exempt Organizations, LexisNexis, 3rd ed. 2016). His scholarship on federal taxation has appeared in the Florida Tax Review, the Virginia Tax Review, Brigham Young University Law Review, the University of Pittsburgh Law Review, Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business and several other publications. Professor Jones has been consulted by members of Congress, including the Senate Finance Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, staff to the Joint Committee on Taxation, and the Internal Revenue Service on issues relating to individual income tax, partnership tax, and the tax laws of exempt organizations. Prior to becoming a full time tax law scholar, Professor Jones served as General Counsel to Columbia College Chicago and Associate General Counsel at the University of Florida. He also served for five years in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corp.
Tracy A. Kaye, Professor of Law and Eric Byrne Research Fellow, Seton Hall Law School
Tracy A. Kaye is a Professor of Law and Eric Byrne Research Fellow at Seton Hall Law School. She specializes in U.S. federal income tax law and international, European Union, and comparative tax law. She has been a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar at the University of Luxembourg, PwC Visiting Professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and Research Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition, and Tax Law. Her research on tax incentives in the United States and the European Union was selected for the 3rd annual Comparative Law Work-in-Progress Workshop at the University of Michigan Law School. Professor Kaye is known internationally for her comparative work on tax avoidance, tax discrimination, and tax incentives.
Previously, she worked as a tax legislative advisor for a U.S. Senator, who was a member of the Senate Finance Committee. Her work on Capitol Hill contributed to the reform of the low-income housing tax credit and her research resulted in an article entitled Sheltering Social Policy in the Tax Code: The Low-Income Housing Credit. She has also explored the use of opportunity zones and low-income housing tax credits to mitigate housing instability and participated in the Fordham Urban Law Journal’s 2021 spring symposium: A Taxing War on Poverty: Opportunity Zones and the Promise of Investment and Economic Development. Prior to beginning her academic career at Seton Hall Law School, Kaye earned a B.S. in Accountancy, magna cum laude, at the University of Illinois; an M.S. in Taxation at DePaul University; and her J.D., cum laude, at the Georgetown University Law Center.
Goldburn P. Maynard Jr., Assistant Professor, Department of Business Law & Ethics, Indiana University, Kelley School of Business
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 most recent essay, Biden’s Gambit: Advancing Racial Equity While Relying on a Race-Neutral Tax Code, was recently published by the Yale Law Journal Forum.
Nicholas A. Mirkay, Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaiʿi
Nicholas Mirkay is a Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaiʿi. Before joining the Richardson Law faculty in August 2017, he was a Professor of Law at Creighton University School of Law for six years, serving as Associate Dean for Administration & Planning the last two years. He began his career in legal academia at the Delaware Law School of Widener University, where he taught for eight years. Dean Mirkay has primarily taught tax, trusts & estates, and business law courses in his nearly twenty years in legal academia. He has received outstanding faculty teaching awards at all three law schools. Dean Mirkay’s scholarship has focused predominantly on tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, with more recent articles addressing the racial wealth gap and racial inequality in tax systems. His scholarly work has been published in such notable law journals as the North Carolina Law Review, Northwestern Journal of Law & Social Policy, William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, and the Wisconsin Law Review. He regularly engages in community service, advising and assisting nonprofit organizations on state formation and federal tax exemption, and serves on several nonprofit boards of directors. Prior to entering legal academia, Dean Mirkay had over eleven years of experience as a tax and business lawyer in both the federal government and private practice. He received his LL.M. in Taxation, with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. degree from University of Missouri, and bachelor’s degree in business administration, magna cum laude, from Saint Louis University.
Emily Satterthwaite, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
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.
Palma Joy Strand, Professor of Law in the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (NCR) Program, Heider College of Business at Creighton University in Omaha
Palma Joy Strand is Professor of Law in the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (NCR) Program, located in the Heider College of Business at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Prior to joining the NCR Program in 2017, Strand was on the faculty at Creighton’s School of Law. In the fall of 2022, she was the Boden Visiting Professor of Law at the Marquette University School of Law in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In addition to a BS from Stanford University, she holds a JD from Stanford Law School and an LLM in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Legal Problem-Solving from the Georgetown University Law Center. She clerked for Judge J. Skelly Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Justice Byron R. White of the U.S. Supreme Court. She has written extensively on how law reinforces and perpetuates systemic racism in law generally, in inheritance, in education, in housing, in tax, and with respect to racial wealth disparities.
Strand is also Co-Founder and Research Director of Civity (www.civity.org), a national nonprofit organization with the mission of building relational infrastructure of respect and empathy across social differences including race and class. Civity works with community leaders, organizations, and institutions to create a more inclusive understanding of who belongs to their community. Civity works primarily through (1) training/skill-building/practice in connecting through difference and (2) communicating a story of connection to counter the story of division that often prevails today. Strand also develops content for and is a lead facilitator with Conversations About Race and Belonging, which give people grounding and practice in talking person-to-person about race and racism. In this capacity, she works primarily with public K-12 educators.
Phyllis Taite , Professor of Law, Oklahoma City University School of Law
Professor Taite is a tax professor with over 19 years of teaching experience and continues to teach with a passion that brings excitement and interest to otherwise difficult subjects. 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 has served as a speaker, panelist, and commentator at numerous national conferences. Most recently, she has served as an invited speaker at the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (“ACTEC”) National Meeting, the Association of American Law Schools (“AALS”) Teaching Tax Panel, Florida Tax Institute, the University of Florida, Levin College of Law Colloquium Series, ACTEC Florida Fellows Conference, the University of South Carolina Virtual Symposium on Taxation, Finance, and Racial Justice, the Vermont Bar Association CLE on Tax and Social Justice and the Philadelphia Bar Association CLE on the Intersection of Race and Taxes.
Furthermore, Professor Taite is committed to service. She serves on national committees including the Legal Education, Tax Policy, and Estate and Gift Tax Committees for ACTEC and the Executive Committee for AALS Section on Taxation. She has memberships in numerous 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.
Alice M. Thomas, Associate Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law and Loretta Argrett Fellow, Tax Section, American Bar Association
Professor Alice Martin Thomas is a tenured associate professor of law at Howard University School of Law where she teaches federal tax, contracts, and commercial law subjects. She teaches courses in Federal Individual Income Taxation, Nonprofit Law, Race and Tax Policy, Tax Externships, Contracts, Secured Transactions, and Sales. She leads the Tax Program, building partnerships with EY, KPMG, and Amazon, leading to the most robust tax curriculum in the history of the law school. Her key scholarship focuses on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. In 1989, she was the first graduate of Howard University’s JD/MBA Dual Degree program, graduating cum laude and as a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Academic Honor Society. While a student, she was Editor-in-Chief of the Howard Law Journal and a member of the Charles Hamilton Houston Moot Court team. In practice, she specialized in international tax planning and controversy, commercial transactions, nonprofit law, and employment discrimination. She is a Carnegie Scholar, participant and then a mentor. She was the Interim Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Assessment. In addition, She helped create the Howard/Amazon Entertainment Program, serving as Faculty Lead for the School of Law, supporting two cohorts of law students. She is barred in the District of Columbia where she has litigated pro bono cases involving Loan Modifications and Reverse Mortgages.
Attiya Waris, Professor of Fiscal Law and Policy, University of Nairobi
Attiya Waris is the only Professor of Fiscal Law and Policy in Eastern Africa based at the Faculty of Law, University of Nairobi. She holds a PhD in Law and is a specialist in Fiscal Law, Policy and Development. She is an advocate, company secretary and arbitrator of 20 years standing. She founded the Committee on Fiscal Studies at the University of Nairobi. She has researched and published on global, African, Asian, European as well as Latin American issues. Her book ‘Tax and Development’ (2013) is the first publication globally that linked tax and human rights and her more recent publication ‘Financing Africa’ (2019) is the first publication globally to map out African fiscal systems. She is the current UN Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and other related international financial obligations of States on Human Rights (1st August 2021-31st July 2024) and is an Observer to the UN Tax Committee.
Richard Winchester, Associate Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law
Richard Winchester is a national authority on small business and federal employment tax policy. Congressional Reports frequently cite his work, giving him an influential voice in contemporary tax policy debates. The University of Carthage hosted him when he was a Fulbright Scholar in Tunisia a year after the country gave birth to the Arab Spring. His work and expertise in the tax field has earned him admission to the National Academy of Social Insurance and the American College of Tax Counsel.
Before entering legal education, Professor Winchester spent ten years as a corporate tax planner, helping privately owned and publicly traded companies structure their business operations and financial transactions. He ended his time in practice as an international tax attorney in the national tax office of PWC, where he advised both U.S. firms investing abroad and foreign firms investing in the U.S. He began his legal career as a law clerk for Chief Justice Robert N.C. Nix, Jr. of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Professor Winchester is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law & Policy Review. He holds a B.A. from Princeton University in its School of Public and International Affairs.
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