Tax Program Soars at ABA Tax Challenge Competition in San Diego

February 24, 2012

Three teams from Northwestern Law’s Tax Program swept top honors at the 11th Annual Law Student Tax Challenge competition held in San Diego on February 17, 2012, during the ABA Tax Section winter meeting. 

This year’s competition focused on the complexities of a cross border, all cash D-reorganization.  From among more than 20 entrants, four LLM program teams were invited to the finals based on written submissions including a memo to the senior partner and a client letter.  The final competition involved an oral presentation before a panel of judges that included William Alexander, Associate Chief Counsel Corporate for the Internal Revenue Service.

The team of Joel Boussert LLM ’12 and Ena Patel LLM ’12 finished third and won the award for best written submission. John Barron LLM ’12 and Andrew Oppenheimer LLM ’12 finished second, while Julie Green LLM ’12  and Genevieve Tokic LLM ’12 finished first. 

Northwestern Law Tax Professors Herb Beller, Charlotte Crane, and Philip Postlewaite coached the teams.

Historically, Northwestern Law teams have dominated the competition, clinching the first place title in four of the previous five years; however, this is the first year the Tax Program swept all of the top honors.