Tax Law Faculty (2015-2016)

William D. Andrews (Eli Goldstone Professor of Law Emeritus) joined the faculty in 1961, while practicing in Boston. He received a B.A. in English from Amherst in 1952 and an LL.B. from Harvard in 1955. His recent research has focused on corporate and partnership taxation.

Victoria B. Bjorklund (Lecturer in Law) is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York City and Head of the Firm's Exempt Organizations Group. She counsels public charities, private foundations, boards, and donors. She has a significant international practice including U.S. charities operating abroad, U.S. operations of foreign charities, and "American Friends of" organizations making grants outside the U.S. Ms. Bjorklund received her B.A. from Princeton University, an M.A., a M.Phil. and a Ph.D. from Yale University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. 2015-2016 tax course: The Law of Nonprofit Organizations (Spring).

Marc Bloostein (Visiting Lecturer in Law) has been practicing in the Private Client Group of Ropes & Gray since 1989, and has been a partner of the firm since 1997.  He focuses on estate planning, and his practice includes all aspects of trust and estate administration.  He is co-author of the annual supplements to Newhall's Settlement of Estates and Fiduciary Law in Massachusetts and is a frequent lecturer to lawyers.  Mr. Bloostein received a B.A. from Brandeis University in 1985 and a J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1988.  He clerked for the Honorable Stanley Brotman, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey (1988-1989). 2015-2016 tax course: Taxation Seminar: Estate Planning (Spring).

Thomas J. Brennan (Professor of Law) joined the faculty in 2015, after teaching  at Northwestern University School of Law and at the Drexel University School of Law. Brennan was a visiting scholar affiliated with the Laboratory for Financial Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management and a lecturer in the finance and economics department of the Boston University School of Management. Before entering academics, he worked as a strategist in the Capital Markets Strategies Group of Goldman, Sachs & Co. and as an associate in the tax department of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Brennan focuses his research on the use of finance and economics to analyze and inform tax policy, as well as the use of empirical methods to investigate the effects of tax laws and the strategic behavior of taxpayers. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2001 and holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Harvard University. 2015-2016 tax courses: Taxation (Fall), Taxation of Businesses (Spring), Taxation Seminar: Tax Law, Finance and Strategic Planning (Spring).

Mihir A. Desai (Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance Harvard Business School) is the Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance and the Chair of Doctoral Programs at Harvard Business School. He received his Ph.D. in political economy from Harvard University; his MBA as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School; and a bachelors degree in history and economics from Brown University. In 1994, he was a Fulbright Scholar to India. Professor Desai's areas of expertise include tax policy, international finance and corporate finance. His work has emphasized the appropriate design of tax policy in a globalized setting, the links between corporate governance and taxation, and the internal capital markets of multinational firms. He is also the author of International Finance: A Casebook He is a Research Associate in the National Bureau of Economic Research's Public Economics and Corporate Finance Programs, and is the co-director of the NBER's India program. 2015-2016 tax course: Taxation (Fall).

T. Keith Fogg (Visiting Clinical Professor of Law) teaches at the Villanova University School of Law, where he also directs the Federal Tax Clinic. Professor Fogg joined the Villanova faculty in 1997 after 30 years with the Office of Chief Counsel, IRS. He co-authors a blog with Professor Les Book entitled Procedurally Taxing, which focuses on current tax procedure issues and serves as the editor of the ABA Tax Section publication Effectively Representing Your Client before the IRS. He is a past chair of the ABA Tax Section Pro Bono and Tax Clinics Committee. Fogg received a B.A. and a LL.M. from the College of William and Mary and a J.D. from the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law. 2015-2016 tax courses: Federal Tax Clinic/Federal Tax Clinic Seminar (Fall), Federal Tax Clinic/Federal Tax Clinic Seminar (Spring).

Daniel I. Halperin (Stanley S. Surrey Professor of Law Emeritus) joined the faculty in 1996 after practicing in New York, in addition to tax service in the Treasury Department (including as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy) and teaching at Pennsylvania and Georgetown. He received a B.B.A. from the City College of New York in 1957 and a J.D. from Harvard in 1961. His recent research has focused on nonprofits and retirement income.

Louis Kaplow (Professor of Law) joined the faculty in 1982 after clerking on the second circuit. He received a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Northwestern in 1977, as well as a J.D. in 1981 and a Ph.D. in Economics in 1987, both from Harvard. His recent research has focused on taxation and redistribution, as well as law and economics.

David M. Schizer (Visiting Professor of Law) is Dean Emeritus and the Harvey R. Miller Professor of Law and Economics at the Columbia Law School. Schizer joined the Columbia Law faculty in 1998 and began his service as dean in 2004. Prior to joining the Columbia faculty, Schizer was in private practice at Davis Polk & Wardwell and clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and for Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In addition to tax, his research also focuses on energy law and corporate governance issues. Schizer is a graduate of Yale University where he earned his B.A., M.A. and J.D. degrees. 2015-2016 tax course: Taxation (Fall).

Stephen E. Shay (Senior Lecturer in Law) joined the faculty in 2011 after having been Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Tax Affairs in the United States Department of the Treasury and, prior to re-joining the Treasury Department in 2009, he was a tax partner for 22 years with Ropes & Gray, LLP. Shay served in the Office of International Tax Counsel at the Department of the Treasury, including as International Tax Counsel, from 1982 to 1987. Shay has published scholarly and practice articles relating to international taxation, and testified for law reform before Congressional tax-writing committees. He has had extensive practice experience in the international tax area and has been recognized as a leading practitioner by a number of publications. Shay has been the Associate Reporter for the American Law Institute’ Federal Tax Project on Income Tax Treaties. He is a 1972 graduate of Wesleyan University, and he earned his J.D. and his M.B.A. from Columbia University in 1976. 2015-2016 tax courses: Taxation of International Income (Fall); Taxation Seminar: Current Issues in Tax Law, Policy and Practice (Fall), Taxation Seminar: Current Issues in Tax Law, Policy and Practice (Spring).

Robert H. Sitkoff (John L. Gray Professor of Law) joined the faculty in 2007, after teaching at New York University School of Law from 2006-2007 and Northwestern University School of Law from 2000-2006. His primary research focus is economic and empirical analysis of the law of trusts and estates.  He is a co-author of Wills, Trusts, and Estates (8th ed. 2009), which is the leading American coursebook in the field.  He is active in trusts and estates law reform, serving as a Uniform Law Commissioner and as a member of the Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Trusts and Estates Acts. He is the editor of the Wills, Trusts, and Estates abstracting journal in the Social Science Research Network and is a past Chair of the Section on Trusts and Estates of the Association of American Law Schools. Prior to joining the legal academy, he was a law clerk to Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. 2015-2016 tax course: Trust and Estates (Fall).

Alvin C. Warren, Jr. (Ropes & Gray Professor of Law) joined the faculty in 1979, after teaching at Connecticut, Duke, and Pennsylvania. He received a B.A. in English from Yale in 1966 and a J.D. from Chicago in 1969. His recent research has focused on financial innovation and European corporate tax policy. 2015-2016 tax courses: Taxation (Spring); Taxation of Corporate Mergers, Acquisitions and Divisions (Spring).

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