Lawrence Zelenak

Visiting Professor of Law

Phone: (312) 503-3066

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Lawrence A. Zelenak will be a visiting faculty member at Northwestern during the 2014-15 school year. Professor Zelenak visits from Duke Law, where he has been on the faculty since 2003. Prior to joining Duke Law in 2003, Zelenak was a member of the Columbia Law School faculty. Earlier he was a faculty member at the University of North Carolina School of Law; professor in residence at the Office of the Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, Washington, D.C.; an assistant professor at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon; and an associate with the firm of LeSourd and Patten in Seattle. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Utah School of Law.

Zelenak received his B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Santa Clara, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1979.

His publications include numerous articles on tax policy issues and a treatise on federal income taxation of individuals. His most recent book is Learning to Love Form 1040: Two Cheers for the Return-Based Mass Income Tax (University of Chicago Press, 2013).

Zelenak’s recent articles include “Choosing Between Tax and Nontax Delivery Mechanisms for Health Insurance Subsidies,” 65 Tax Law Review 723-747 (2012); “Custom and the Rule of Law in the Administration of the Income Tax,” 62 Duke Law Journal 829-855 (2012); “The Great American Tax Novel,” 110 Michigan Law Review 969-984 (2012) (reviewing David Foster Wallace, The Pale King (2011)); and “Tax Scholarship: Useful and Useless,” 130 Tax Notes 1337-1341 (2011).

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Areas of Expertise

  • Federal Taxation
  • Tax Policy

Selected Publications

  • Learning to Love Form 1040: Two Cheers for the Return-Based Mass Income Tax (University of Chicago Press, 2013).
  • For Better and Worse: The Differing Income Tax Treatments of Marriage at Different Income Levels in north carolina law review (forthcoming).
  • Custom and the Rule of Law in the Administration of the Income Tax in 62 duke law journal 829-55 (2012).
  • Choosing between Tax and Non-Tax Health Insurance Subsidies in 65 tax law review 723-47 (2012).
  • The Great American Tax Novel in 110 michigan law review 969-84 (2012).
  • Debt-Financed Consumption and a Hybrid Income-Consumption Tax in 64 tax law review 1-35 (2010).
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  • BA, University of Santa Clara
  • JD, Harvard Law School

Prior Appointments

  • Pamela B. Gann Professor, 2004, Duke Law School
  • Professor, 2003-2004, Duke Law School
  • Professor, 2001-2003, Columbia Law School
  • Professor, 1990-2001, University of North Carolina School of Law