Advanced Topics in Taxation

This seminar brings together outside scholars, resident faculty, and Northwestern Law students for an exchange of views about cutting-edge research on Advanced Topics in Taxation, principally at the federal level.

Fall 2017

Organized by Sarah B. Lawsky

All sessions take place on Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00 pm in Rubloff 339.

September 6
Richard Schmalbeck, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett Professor of Law, Duke University
"Nonprofit Organizations and Political Campaigns"

September 20
Ari Glogower, Assistant Professor of Law, The Ohio State University
"Progressive Taxation of Income and Wealth"

October 4
Ruth Mason, Class of 1957 Research Professor of Law, University of Virginia
"Whose Arm's-Length Standard"

October 18
Emily Satterthwaite, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
"Electing into a Value-Added Tax: Evidence from Ontario Micro-Entrepreneurs"

November 1
Susannah Tahk, Associate Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin
"The New Welfare Rights"

November 15
Jacob Goldin, Assistant Professor of Law, Stanford University
"Complexity and Take-up of the Earned Income Tax Credit"


Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

Organized by Sarah B. Lawsky

Fall Sessions take place on Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00 pm and Spring Sessions from 12:00-1:30pm in Rubloff 339.

September 7
Philip Hackney, Associate Professor of Law, Louisiana State University
“Subsidizing the Heavenly Chorus: Labor Unions and Tax Exemption”

September 21

Neil Buchanan, Professor of Law, The George Washington University
“Social Security, Inequality, and Younger Generations"

October 5

Miranda Fleischer, Professor of Law, University of San Diego
“The Philosophical Foundations of a Universal Basic Income”

October 19

Sloan Speck, Associate Professor of Law, University of Colorado Boulder
“Expertise and International Tax Norms”

November 2

Joshua D. Blank, Professor of Tax Practice, New York University
“The Timing of Tax Transparency”

November 16

Darien Shanske, Professor of Law, University of California Davis
“An Unusual Tax Screen Deep in the State Corporate Income Tax: Equitable Apportionment in the Age of Single Sales Factor Apportionment and FIN 48”

March 6

Leandra Lederman, Professor of Tax Law, Indiana University
"Does Enforcement Crowd Out Voluntary Tax Compliance"

April 12

Daniel Shaviro, Professor of Tax, New York University
"Interrogating the Relationship Between ‘Legally Defensible’ Tax Planning and Social Justice"


Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

Organized by Herbert Beller, Charlotte CraneDavid Cameron, Philip Postlewaite, Jeffrey Sheffield, and Robert Wootton.

All sessions take place from 12:00 - 1:30 pm in Rubloff 339.

September 28
Leigh Osofsky, Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami
Categorical Nonenforcement

October 19
Susan Morse, Assistant Professor, University of Texas
Safe Harbors, Sure Shipwrecks

November 9
Gregg Polsky, Willie Person Mangum Professor of Law, University of North Carolina
The Up-C Revolution

February 18
Ellen P. Aprill, Professor of Law, Loyola Law School
The Section 527 Obstacle to Meaningful Section 501(c)(4) Regulation

March 10
Tessa R. Davis, Assistant Professor of Law, University of South Carolina
Of Tax Crimes and "Bad Citizens": The Role of Tax Law in Constructing Citizenship

April 5
Lilian Faulhaber, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University
Tax Incentives for Innovation: Designing R&D Credits and Patent Boxes in the Age of BEPS